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DNFI

Discover Natural Fibre Initiative
 
The Discover Natural Fibre Initiative was created in January 2010 as an outgrowth of the International Year of Natural Fibres 2009, declared by the United Nations General Assembly. The purposes of DNFI are to advance the interests of all natural fibre industries and to encourage increased use of natural fibres in the world economy. DNFI is a voluntary association of individuals and organizations with interests in promoting natural fibres through collaboration, consultation and cooperation. The Organization works to further the interests of natural fibres by serving as a platform for information exchange, by providing statistics on fibre production and use, and by working to raise awareness of the benefits of natural fibre industries to the world economy, environment and consumers.
 
Natural:
DNFI present 15 of the world's mayor plant and animal fibres. They range from cotton and wool, which dominates world natural fibre production, to commodities like hemp, flax and jute, as well as speciality fibres such as cashmere, silk or coir.
 
Responsible:
Natural fibres production, processing and export are vital to the economies of many developing countries and the livelihoods of approx. 60 millions of small-scale farmers and low-wage workers. One third of today's total world fibre production are natural fibres.
 
High-Tech:
Natural fibres have intrinsic properties – mechanical strength, low weight and low cost – that have made them particularly attractive to many industries. Biocomposites are one of the largest application in recent years, and a rapidly growing market.
 
Renewable:
Natural fibres are a renewable resource par excellence. Natural fibres are carbon neutral, as they absorb the same amount of carbon dioxide they produce. As a growing natural resource they will be in the future again the main raw-material for many products.
 
Contact:
Discover Natural Fibres Initiative

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