Natural fiber-reinforced PP, using agricultural fibers
such as flax, hemp, or jute, have shown promising mechanical properties.
for use in building components.
They are investigating a number of materials, both plastic and other agricultural fibers
Most composites here use wood fiber, rarely over 50% loading, and there is only limited use of agricultural fibers
Cardboard, paper and agricultural fibers
can be turned into lightweight home insulation or particle board.
Modified starch opportunities in Asia are expected to grow at a faster rate than paper production due to improvement in paper quality and utilization of higher than usual amounts of recycled fibers, agricultural fibers
, and mineral fillers.
So using agricultural fibers
such as straw as industrial raw materials may have less impact on the environment than these other options.
The development of panels made with urban wood waste and agricultural fibers
is seen as a "wildcard that influences our forecast.
Bamboo-based paper also perpetuates the wood-based paper status quo because -- unlike perennial agricultural fibers
-- it can be chipped in existing wood-based mills.
More recently, innovative bio-based composite products using natural fibers, such as agricultural fibers
or residues, or hybrid systems using combinations of both wood and natural fibers, have also become available.
The raw materials used in making them may come from sources considered environmentally friendly: wood from certified, well-managed forests; recycled materials; and rapidly renewable agricultural fibers
, for example.