Kenyan researchers to use biomass waste to make sanitary towels

A group of researchers from leading universities across the country have collaborated, and come up with environment-friendly of making packages and sanitary towels.

This comes at a time when the world is preparing for COP28, the UN climate summit in Dubai.

In a statement, the Kenyan researchers say they are using banana and pineapple biomass waste to create biodegradable solutions.

“It is important to highlight and promote research that is developing innovative solutions that can contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change,” the researchers say.

“By using renewable and bio-based sources, researchers can fabricate products that can help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources, and support the circular economy,”.

The researchers also opine that through multi-disciplinary and collaborative efforts, academics can participate in the creation of a more sustainable and resilient future for ourselves and generations to come.

“One such promising source is banana and pineapple green biomass waste, that is left after harvesting these crops,”

A team of Kenyan scholars, led by Jacqueline Kisato from Kenyatta University, have been researching various ways to utilize this agro-waste to create biodegradable packaging and sanitary towels.

 These products not only reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal but also provide new revenue stream opportunities for farmers and entrepreneurial pathways for SMEs and manufacturers.

The research project was funded by the National Research Fund(NRF) in July 2020 and consists of a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Kenyatta University, Moi University and Kenya Industrial Research Institute(KIRDI).

Dr Jacqueline Kisato is the Principal investigator and works closely with Dr Gladys Mwangi (KU), Prof Ambrose Kiprop & Dr Jerry Ochola of (Moi University), and Dr Kenneth Chelule (KIRDI).


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