AMSTERDAM – A major new study claims there are enough usable agricultural residue streams from farming in South and Southeast Asia for the production of natural fibre textiles at scale. Researchers found that large quantities of agricultural residues are available in key textile sourcing hubs such as Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The study looked at issues such as residue volume production per year, high cellulose or fibre content and suitability for use in textiles.
Overall, they found rice straw offers the largest potential for textile production, followed by Empty Fruit Bunches (EFBs) from oil palm. Both sources also offer the best cost economics.
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