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The everyday minimalist wallet forged from recycled banana trees on a little island called Kosrae.
The everyday minimalist wallet forged from recycled banana trees on a little island called Kosrae.
The everyday minimalist wallet forged from recycled banana trees on a little island called Kosrae.
380 backers pledged $7,788 to help bring this project to life.

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A Slim Wallet by the Green Banana Eco-Factory

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We are a waste-to-wealth manufacturing startup recycling post-harvest banana trees into stunning handmade products in Kosrae, Micronesia.

Here's a slim wallet made for the everyday essentials.  Forged from sustainable sources and directly supporting hundreds of people in need.

Three years ago we set out to raise the bar for the future use of eco-textiles and the world took notice.

 

Features

  • 3 Card Pockets
  • 1 Cash Slot
  • 1 ID Window

Dimensions

Cruising in at 3.1 inches (80mm) x 4.1 inches (100mm), it's perfect when you need a low profile wallet.

Paper Thin

Banana fibers are renowned for being remarkably strong and lightweight. At 12 grams / 0.4 ounces, this slim wallet is both comfortable and convenient.

Leave Nothing Behind

Even at max capacity, it's barely noticeable. Pack up to 2 cards per pocket when you need the extra space.

 

We've been working hard on our slim wallet to perfect the strength, style and design. 

 Unlike other projects, we are the manufacturer.

Each step of the process is tailored to produce the finest quality vegan friendly slim wallets.

Naturally beautiful, ethically made and cruelty-free. The choice is easy.

 

 

 

Our wallets make a fun and unique gift - even for those 'hard-to-shop-for people'.  Here's a chance to take care of your Christmas or Company Gift shopping online right now!  

 

 

Banana fiber is found within the large trunk or 'stem' of the plant. It gives strength to the banana tree so it can hold up those heavy bananas! 

Banana fibers are strong, beautiful, and have been used for thousands of years throughout the islands in rope making and weaving.

Now we're turning them into handmade paper. 

The most common question we get is "What happens when it gets wet?" 

 If it does get wet, just allow it to dry and you're good to go!

 

All new wallets come with our 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty.  

We stand by our product and we want you to be happy with the craftsmanship and longevity of your wallet.  

Though your new wallet may get a little wear and tear after some time, daily use will reveal the true beauty and character of the material. Fibers start to magically fluff out from the paper and the corners become rounded edges.  

Will it last you forever? Nope. It's not meant to. It's not a piece of carbon fiber or aluminum or animal skin dipped in chromium. It's just banana fiber.  

This wallet will become very personal over time once you incorporate it into your life. Care for it and cherish the memories, stories and treasures it holds inside.

Unlike hardwood fruit-bearing trees, banana plants only fruit once in their lifetime. When the bananas are ripe, farmers must chop down the entire stem so that a younger offshoot can grow from the self-replicating stem.

Normally, these stems are left to decay in the jungle as a byproduct of the fruit harvest. 

Today, over 100+ local subsistence farmers in Kosrae are collecting extra income for their families by selling the unwanted stems to us in a natural "waste-to-wealth" cycle.

Say 'Hi' to Matt!

Falling in love with the people, the island and the lifestyle, Matt Simpson, a keen surfer, didn't want to leave when his volunteer teaching contract was up. 

After spending a few years on Kosrae, he realized that there were very few businesses on the island. Most of his former students were either unemployed, or left their island home for work abroad. 

There just weren't enough opportunities on the island to earn a livable wage. So Matt created one in May 2014 when he and a small team officially broke ground for the Green Banana Paper factory.

With the help of Google, YouTube and books, Matt spent a couple years researching fiber and papermaking before trying it out for real.  After the last few years of trial and experimentation, Matt now has a skilled team of local artisans producing world-class quality paper at their humble operation.

It has taken years to get this far, but he loves designing new products and working with the team.

Meet The Team

The biggest reason we started this journey was to support our community by creating as many jobs as possible.  

Backing this campaign directly helps these people earn a livable wage, and is vital to be able to continue our meaningful work.

Thank you for your continued support!

Heard about us before?

In March 2017, we launched a project for our first generation banana fiber wallets.

Thanks to our friends, family and the Kickstarter community, we proved to the world that we're onto something special. 

As our second campaign, we are 100% primed for production.

Slim wallets are small and lightweight making them economical to ship. All reward tiers have free shipping. Worldwide. No hidden fees.

Experience the joy of getting an old-fashion letter from far, far away!

 

To this day, the Identity Theft Resource Center still doesn't recommend RFID Protection.  

We carefully researched and considered adding this feature to our wallets, but it turns out many manufacturers add a layer of aluminum foil to their material and label it "RFID blocking".    

We aren't letting other brands or manufacturer's take advantage of our basic instinct for security.

We encourage retailers, re-sellers and entrepreneurs to contact us if you'd like to carry or sell Green Banana Paper products. 

As a client of ours, you'll work directly with our management and design team to bring your product idea to life.  

Your logo and designs can be added to our wallets and other paper based products to expand your brand's catalog or for company gifts and schwag.

Not a slim wallet kind of person? No problem!

Check out our original wallets in many unique design and color options with much more on our website.

You can now use coupon KICKSTARTER for 25% off through October on purchases over $40.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                          

                                    

Risks and challenges

We have been extracting fiber and making paper for over three years already. So we feel confident in our equipment, our team, and our production.

Wallets will begin shipping out as soon as we receive your final survey after the campaign. Delivery times are estimated and highly depend on the amount of wallets pledged vs our production capabilities and your local mail carrier.

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    Be the absolute first to get your hands on this wallet. You don't follow trends, you start them.

    35% off expected retail price of $20

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    25% off expected retail price of $20

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    Go in on a pair of wallets with your best friend and save a couple bucks. Don't forget the epic high-five! Unlimited $13/ea pricing.

    35% off expected retail price of $20

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    Do you run a small gift shop, e-Com store, or want to hustle for some side money? This is the deal for you.

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    10-day Vacation Package for 2

    Meet the team and enjoy your own personalized factory tour. Meals and lodging included.

    Trek through the exotic Kosraen jungle, visit the ruins of a long lost Pacific kingdom, surf the waves or simply enjoy a few cocktails under the coconut trees.

    Airfare and alcoholic beverages not included.

    Includes:
    • 1 Hotel Room with AC
    • Daily Activity Plan
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