BenefitsGrowing abaca is beneficial to the environment as it promotes biodiversity and prevents soil erosion. The waste products may also be used as a fertilizer. A recent innovation has seen abaca used to make denim. Much more sustainable than cotton, abaca would make great jeans as it is durable, strong and highly breathable. Although abaca denim is costly at the moment, as its development is at a primary stage, it would become more economical if mass-produced.
DrawbacksThe process for extracting abaca is similar to that of other bast fibres but somewhat more labour intensive, since it must be obtained by scraping the fibres from the leaf sheath around the trunk.
RecommendationsThere is a growing demand for the use of abaca in textiles and soft furnishings, including mattresses, as well as its most popular application in paper.
This article is part of the article series "Biodegradable Textile Fabrics":
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