A GROUP of Pacific Islanders have come up with a unique way to recycle kava fibre, coconut husk and used paper.
Vanuatu-based NGO Activ Association director Sandrine Wallez believes kava drinking countries, especially Fiji, can benefit from this program.
"Every year in the Pacific, there is an enormous amount of kava fibre and coconut husk that goes to waste and we can turn this around and make a profitable investment," Ms Wallez said.
Mrs Wallez was present at a value information workshop organised by Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation in Nadi last week.
She said the project started as a means of helping communities earn an income through existing natural resources.
"Many nations in the Pacific are strong kava drinking countries and every day, people are throwing away after making kava to drink.
"Last year, we were invited to attend the International Forum for Natural Fibre.
"We were invited to visit a paper factory so we thought, why we don't start using kava fibre, coconut husk and used paper as ingredients to make paper?"
She said they were trying to see how they could develop this in Vanuatu and introduce it to other parts of the Pacific.
"We are trying to prepare the project proposal and see if we could get donors to buy machinery for paper production."
She said Fiji had the capacity to partake in this project as well.
"It's not rocket science — instead, it is very simple and it has a huge potential for the packaging market."