Science and Technology

A sustainable answer to industrial pollution? That’s 'bananas'!

Penn State Harrisburg graduate students in environmental pollution control Rizki Prasetyaningtyas and Saskia Putri have been eating lots of bananas and oranges. All this fruit consumption has a purpose. The students are testing whether fruit peels can be used to remove heavy metals from wastewater coming from textile mills like the ones in their native country Indonesia.

A sustainable answer to industrial pollution? That’s bananas!

Graduate students in environmental pollution control Rizki Prasetyaningtyas, left, and Saskia Putri are testing whether fruit peels can be used to remove heavy metals from wastewater coming from textile mills like the ones in their native country Indonesia, which produces much of the world's textiles.