An ancient and jute-like fibre, Hibiscus cannabinus is grown in various parts of world, and is the new kid on the block. It is a whole plant: grown as a forage crop for livestock, the bast fibre is used for fabric, the stalks are burned for fuel and the leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
Kenaf, like hemp can also be processed into rope, paper and insulating building materials; it is used in the automotive industry and as reinforced bio-plastic for electronic equipment. With a high yield (reaching 3-4 m () in six months), resistant to strong winds and drought, with a phenomenal CO2 absorption rate (3-9 times more than the average plant), it grows well anywhere that cotton grows, whilst requiring much less water and far less pesticides–all in all, a very exciting plant.
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