Natural fiber-reinforced PP, using agricultural fibers
such as flax, hemp, or jute, have shown promising mechanical properties.
Look for carpet made from old carpet and other fibers; building blocks and boards from recycled plastic; insulation from used cardboard, paper, and agricultural fibers
; and flooring and countertops from recycled glass.
for use in building components.
They are investigating a number of materials, both plastic and other agricultural fibers
. One of the reasons why the wheat straw works well with the polypropylene is because the melt temperature of the plastic is sufficiently low so that it doesn't literally burn the straw.
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.
"Right now, alternative agricultural fibers
are an underused resource for making products that have tight manufacturing specifications," says Orts.
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.
"Brute-force TMP takes a lot of power," he said, and "these agricultural fibers
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.