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Natural fiber composites – a practical guide for industrial utilization

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BASF gets down to the business of sustainable cotton

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Industry leaders engage on sustainable solutions and other hot topics in textile fiber applications and technology

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Figure 3. Most of the natural fiber reinforcements are fruit and vegetable fibers, specifically, bast, leaf and fruit fibers. Photo courtesy of Mohamad Midani

Every year thousands of nonrecyclable/nondegradable composite parts end up in landfills, including gigantic parts like wind turbine blades, putting more pressure on composite manufacturers to reevaluate the sustainability of their products and their end-of-life options. This is why many of the industry players are interested in natural fiber composites (NFCs); however, a general unfamiliarity with …

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Jennifer Crumpler, Fiber Development Manager, BASF

BASF’s e3 Sustainable Cotton program is designed to directly connect members of the cotton fiber value chain, from cotton farmers to brands to retailers. e3 stands for equitable, economically viable and environmentally responsible, as BASF is aiming to align itself with a consumer base that is increasingly eco-conscious and is demanding traceability in the clothes …

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Dornbirn GFC director Friedrich Weninger

For the second year running, the Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC), now in its 60th edition, was held as a virtual event. Besides the ongoing theme of sustainability, there was a strong emphasis on the circular economy and digitalization, as well as discussions on a wide range of topics from fiber innovation to fashion. Synthetic …

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A collection of natural fibers

Cotton was undoubtedly the fiber of the 19th and early 20th centuries and is still by far the world’s most widely used natural fiber. But while cotton is a biodegradable and renewable resource, the use of conventional cotton to produce clothing could decrease going forward as retailers and consumers seek more sustainable alternatives in the …

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Coleman Beale, CEO, BastCore

Hemp has a long history as a raw material for American industry. Jamestown settlers introduced hemp to colonial America in the early 1600s for rope, paper, and other fiber-based products; they even imposed fines on those who didn’t produce the crop themselves. U.S. presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. The U.S. Constitution and …

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