Green Talks Ep 33 – Learn about a new fashion statement with a biodegradable fibre with Maleema – Feat. Sri Priya

“Clothes Could Have More Meaning And Longevity If We Think About Owning The Latest Or Cheapest Thing And Develop More Of A Relationship With The Thing We Wear”


Biodegradable fibers are becoming increasingly important due to their potential to reduce the environmental impact of textiles and other fiber-based products. Biodegradable fibers are those that can break down naturally and safely without causing harm to the environment.

Here are some reasons why biodegradable fibers are important:
  1. Environmental sustainability: Biodegradable fibers have the potential to reduce the amount of waste generated by the textile industry, which is a major contributor to pollution and waste.
  2. Reduced landfill waste: When biodegradable fibers break down, they produce organic matter that can be used as a nutrient-rich soil amendment, which reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  3. Reduced carbon footprint: Biodegradable fibers can be made from renewable resources such as bamboo, hemp, and corn, which require less energy and resources to produce than traditional fibers like cotton or polyester.
  4. Health benefits: Biodegradable fibers are often made without the use of harmful chemicals, making them safer for the environment and for people who come into contact with them.
  5. Innovation: The development of new biodegradable fibers is driving innovation in the textile industry, leading to new and exciting products with a smaller environmental footprint.
Overall, the use of biodegradable fibers has the potential to promote sustainable development, reduce waste and pollution, and improve the health and well-being of people and the planet.


Biodegradable fiber

Biodegradable fibers are fibers made from natural materials that can decompose naturally over time, often with the help of microorganisms. These fibers are becoming increasingly popular as a sustainable alternative to synthetic fibers, which can take hundreds of years to decompose and contribute to plastic pollution.

In addition, some common materials used to make biodegradable fibers include bamboo, hemp, flax, jute, cotton, wool, and silk. These fibers can be processed in different ways to create a range of textiles, including fabrics, ropes, and yarns.

In addition to being environmentally friendly, biodegradable fibers often have other benefits, such as being soft, breathable, and comfortable to wear. They can also be used in a variety of applications, from clothing and textiles to packaging materials and construction materials.

Overall, biodegradable fibers offer a promising solution to reducing the environmental impact of the textile industry. They are likely to become increasingly important as consumers and businesses seek more sustainable alternatives to traditional materials.

Banana fiber


Further, It is astonishing to contemplate the versatility of the banana plant. Almost every part of the plant has a unique utility. Banana is well known for food, fruit, and fodder crop. Its leaves are an integral part of our tradition and culture and have excellent medicinal properties. After the fruit is harvested, the “pseudo stem” (trunk portion) is thrown out as agricultural waste. This pseudo-stem biomass is a rich source of natural fibers, which when utilized, can generate profits by offering multiple products like pickles, fertilizers, compost, textiles, and many more.


Banana fabric is a great vegan alternative that has properties imitating silk.  The fiber material comes from the stalk or trunk portion called the “pseudo stem” of the banana plant. While it is certainly a unique idea, it is not new. 

Textile made of banana fiber has been used in Japanese and Southeast Asian cultures as early as the 13th century. Even, Hindu mythology described the banana tree as Kalpa Vrikshya – a plant that gives us food, medicines, shelter, and, clothing. So this clothing thing was known for years. Perhaps it became unpopular due to discoveries of other spinnable fibers. Thus, this neglected fiber available all over India in abundance can give us garments of high fashion.



Maleema – A one-stop solution curated clothing marketplace for all things organic, natural & sustainable. It’s an affordable eco-friendly unisex brand & India’s most Loved Sustainable Fashion/ Clothing Brand Make in Bharat. The products are 100% organic clothing made up of Bamboo & Banana Fabric. the products and apparel are organic and gender-neutral. 

With Maleema you not only become part of our sustainability mission through organic clothing but also by recycling, reusing, and even recovering packaging materials. include cards of the company. Maleema and its team are doing their best to meet the customer’s requirements, but also to maintain the living environment at the end of the production process.

Tatwa Talks

In this episode of the Green Tatwa talks, let’s listen to the story of how a fashion designer turned her passion into building an eco-friendly clothing brand. Shri Nitya is a fashion designer who always wanted to start something of her own and Maleema is her eco-friendly baby. 

She has the vision to reduce the wastage of raw materials. And also aims to recycle the used products to watch the burden on natural resources while using organic and recycled fabric in the first place. Maleema also aims to support the local Indian weavers through channelized management keeping in mind the idea of growing together. 

Do check out more products on Maleema’s website
Join #PanchTatwaGirl and Srinithya and move towards a more conscious and eco-friendly lifestyle. 

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Learning to be more environmentally friendly is easier than you think. You don’t have to jump in by changing everything, start small to make the changes more sustainable and a part of your normal life. 

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