Future of Natural Fibers, Their Coexistence and Competition with Man-Made Fibers in 21st Century
Natural fibers conduct heat, can be dyed well, resist mildew and have natural antibacterial properties, block UV and are easy to make them flame retardant.
Genetic modification of lignocellulosic fibrous raw materials improve their performance and giving possibilites to obtain polyhydroxy-alcanate (PHA) “in statu nascendi” in plant. For this reason, United Nations and FAO declared the year 2009 the International Year of Natural Fibres.
In the 21st century there is a growing awareness about the future of renewable, sustainable and biodegradable fibrous materials.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Institute for Engineering of Polymers Materials and Dyes, Torun, Poland and ESCORENA Focal Point,Coordinator of the FAO/ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants, at INF&MP, Poznan, Poland 2: Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants (INF&MP), Poznan, Poland
Publication date: May 3, 2012