Kerry Chikarovski joins Papyrus Australia

Thursday, 02 December, 2021

Kerry Chikarovski joins Papyrus Australia

Former MP and leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party Kerry Chikarovski AM has joined Papyrus Australia as Executive Director of Government Relations.

Chikarovski will help raise awareness of Papyrus’s waste technology. The company’s patented technology takes banana tree agri-waste and converts it into a fibre which can be used in a wide range of sustainable alternatives to fibrous bioplastics and forest-sourced fibre.

The work Papyrus is doing presents many exciting opportunities to make a meaningful difference by displacing plastic and providing a sustainable alternative to forest -sourced wood-based products in our everyday lives, Chikarovski said.

“The Papyrus process uses banana tree trunk, a renewable, biodegradable and fully sustainable waste material, as a natural replacement for single-use plastic food packaging, bio plastic feedstock, furniture and building products.”

On average, a hectare of banana plantation produces 220 tonnes of waste annually and there are approximately 10 million hectares of banana plantain worldwide. This agri-waste creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is harmful to the environment.

Papyrus’s zero-waste, chemical-free process of converting this globally available agri-waste into products not only helps reduce the creation of methane but also creates products that are sustainable alternatives to plastic, forest wood and chemicals.

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