2015 Premier’s Sustainability Awards
Natural Evolution – Processing waste green bananas into a superfood
Rob Watkins was one of many banana farmers frustrated at throwing away his farm grown bananas because they didn’t meet supermarket specifications.
Rob found a solution for the tonnes of wasted green bananas, and in the process has created a superfood, with his green banana flour. The flour is becoming increasingly popular in western paleo and vegan diets.
Natural Evolution has grown from producing six kilograms of flour a week to a burgeoning enterprise now employing four full-time staff in the world’s first pharmaceutical-grade green banana processing plant.
Cold room panels stabilise the temperature, and the main building’s pitched roof captures maximum daylight hours, allowing it to run entirely by solar power.