Natural fibers raise social issues

Jennifer Smith, Shobha K Bhatia

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Abstract

The increasing use of natural fibers in different commercial applications can help in sustaining the small-scale and cottage industries that produce the fibers. The demand for natural fibers has increased significantly with the demand for more efficient and less expensive environmental friendly products. Natural fibers such as kenaf, jute flux, sisal, rice hull can be found in automobile parts, foamed composite decking, siding and window blinds. The coir erosion mats are being used to revegetate burned slopes and natural jute products are being used for slope protection and quarry restoration. It is expected that the natural fiber industries will continue to be important globally, which will strengthen the ties between users and producers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72
Number of pages1
JournalMaterials Today
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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