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Phil Nichol, Russell Kingdom, Patrick Calabria
The University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury
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[Your attention is also drawn to the article on industrial hemp by Caroline Ditchfield.]
The University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury in 1997 formed the Sustainable Fibre Research Team.
The team has conducted research trials under a variety of natural and artificial conditions, with two fibre plants species, namely industrial hemp and kenaf.
Both these plants produce fibre which is suitable for industrial processes and may form the basis of a new sustainable fibre industry in Australia.
It is important that the fibre crops selected are flexible enough to be slotted in to current processing technologies without major modification, or are able to justify the substantial expense of new capital for processing.
Further, the range of products must not provide a significant hazard to the environment.
The current reliance on wood, cotton and synthetics for our major fibre needs in Australia has caused considerable environmental damage to our fragile ecosystems and this has proven unsustainable.
Further, the economic and social situations that reliance on such resources can create, are also not sustainable.
The Sustainable Fibre Research Team is investigating sustainable fibre crops to determine whether they can actually perform on environmental, economic and social grounds, in the Australian context.
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