Cane, hemp, coconut and linen: the new plastic substitutes

Vegetable-based fibers are meant to replace plastic
April 7, 2020

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Vegetable-based fibers are meant to replace plastic.

Products based on hemp, coconut, bagasse or linen are products that are going to gradually replacing the use of plastic. From clothing, ropes, concretes, cars and airplanes boards, among others.

Hemp and flax are two thriving industries. Experts predict significant growth in the upcoming years. The automotive industry, architecture and decoration could be the biggest beneficiaries.

In Costa Rica a company is already developing products based on this type of fibers.  In conjunction with state universities they have created programs for scientific research.

"At the moment, we have started with hemp, however, there are more fibers in the region that are strong enough to create options for traditional construction products or others," says Adriana Díaz, engineer at Zegreenlab Construction.

As explained by the engineer Diaz, the plant fibers possess the simultaneous programming capacity with lower carbon dioxide emissions. As well as, higher performance.

 Plants in addition to offering advantages during the production chain.

"Hemp in construction has, for example, advantages such as sound insulating material, temperature regulator and permeability."”.

Governments around the world are currently looking for new alternatives to replace plastic. The Costa Rican government has banned only bags, straws and stereofon, however, they still do not legislate against bottles and other types of plastic use.

The situation in other countries is also not encouraging. Experts estimate that there are 270,000metric tons of waste in the world's oceans around theworld. Its impact on human and environmental health will have serious consequences in the coming years.

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