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Breakthrough in processing of pineapple leaf fibres
May '09
The technical staff from China Academy of Tropical Agricultural Science Institute began research of extracting fibre from pineapple leaf and then producing yarn and garment from pineapple leaf fibre way back in 1996.

Now they have realized success in the full set of technology and equipment for pineapple fibre extraction, ungluing, and spinning. They have produced dozens of varieties in six categories in cooperation with garment factories, socks factories and towel factories.

These products have special functionalities like anti-bacterial, odour free and repelling mites. China has about 1 million hectares of pineapple plantations in tropical and temperate regions.

All put together, the pineapple leaves can be used to produce 60,000 tons of pineapple fibre per year. It will also help the farmers since the pineapple growers can now increase their income through selling pineapple leaves.

After the extraction of fibre, pineapple leaf powder can be directly used as a green feed to produce gas and organic fertilizers, which can also be helpful to the rural farmers of China, who previously used to throw away the leaves.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - China

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