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Would You Believe that These Veneers are Made from Banana Trunks?

We all know that wood isn’t unlimited, and yet we need it for almost every aspect in our daily lives – from the chairs you sit on to the walls in your home down to the paper you use to scribble your thoughts. For aesthetic purposes, trees are also cut down to create attractive veneers for walls and furniture. But for every tree we cut down, it could take months to years for a new one planted in its place to grow to the same size!

Luckily, French company FIBandCo has found a new resource for getting its wood – banana plant trunks! As you may know, banana trees don’t require much effort to grow, as long as the soil is fertile and there’s a lot of moisture.

FIBandCo’s Green Blade is a new exotic veneer made from banana plant trunks, which is a cleaner alternative to using conventional wood. They chose the banana plant trunk because it’s not technically a tree but a grass. There’s less risk of deforestation as banana plants are rapidly renewable and they grow to full size every 9 months.

No resemblance to banana trunks, but design-wise that’s a good deal, right?

Green Blade Veneers may look similar to your regular veneers but they're much more sustainable!

Green Blade starts off as the decomposed mother trunk of a banana plant after its fruit has been harvested. It’s then harvested and bought from banana farmers. FIBandCo produces all of the electricity it consumes via photovoltaic panels to create Green Blade. And they use neither water nor glue to manufacture the veneers.

Who'd have thought these trunks could end up looking so stylish?

Who'd have thought these trunks could end up looking so stylish?

Here are some of their designs:

St. Barth

St. Barth

Havana

Havana

Bahamas

Bahamas

Aruba

Aruba

FIBandCO creates Green Blade for architects and designers to enhance their creations while also making a difference. It’s exclusive, elegant, and best of all, sustainable.

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Nothing beats a product that’s both beautiful and sustainable at the same time. For more information on Green Blade, check out FIBandCo’s website at http://www.fibandco.com/

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Woman Told To Cut Down Century-Old Tree On Her Property Turns it Into Work of Art Instead

…and something the whole neighborhood could visit and enjoy.

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Sara Sanders owns a 110-year-old cedar on her property in Everett, Washington. When the tree proved to be a road hazard, with falling limbs causing road blockages, city officials told her to cut it down.

Heartbroken, Sara was all ready to say goodbye to the 120-foot-tall century-old tree when she had an idea. Contacting chainsaw artist, Larry Carter, they worked together to transform the iconic tree into a thing of beauty.

Sara Sanders was told to cut this beautiful cedar down.

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15 Genius Kitchen Hacks That Will Help You Save A Lot Of Time And Money

With these simple kitchen hacks, you can make your food last longer and enjoy them fresher.

Buying groceries for the whole week at once can save you a lot of time, but is it really economical? Tomatoes, vegetables, and other fresh goods easily rot when not consumed immediately.

Instead of saving, these will just go to waste – wasted food, wasted money. And so, to save a lot of money, we are going to enlist kitchen hacks that will help you store your fresh goods longer and fresher.

1. Know which food will rot in the refrigerator quickly.

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20 Super Easy Food Hacks that Are Borderline Genius

Kitchen work doesn’t have to be complicated!

Cooking and handling food is hard enough as it is without the usual spills and mishaps. Luckily, the internet is filled with useful life hacks to make preparing and eating food so much easier!

Buy your veggies in bulk and freeze them in airtight bags so they don't go bad for weeks.

Buy your veggies in bulk and freeze them in airtight bags so they don't go bad for weeks.

Save your asparagus by cutting off their bottoms and putting them in a jar of water.

Save your asparagus by cutting off their bottoms and putting them in a jar of water....

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