When in the 19th century, wood became a raw material for the production of celulose, the demand for it devastated forests in the industrial revolution. Today, with greater environmental awareness and protection of natural resources, there is a market demand for natural, recyclable fibers, such as industrial hemp, for their durability, fast growth, low cost and sustainability in general.
Environmental awareness and protection of natural resources: durable, fast growth, low cost and sustainable.
What is not yet available in Brazil is the high availability of the product for the domestic market and for exportation.
The natural cellulose fiber is made by industrial processing of hemp pulp naturally composed of 65% to 70% cellulose, an ecological, recyclable and biodegradable solution. This pulp can be mixed with other leaves, bark of other plants and also have different synthetic fibers added to it, such as viscose and rayon.
Effort is also put into processing it in nanocrystals and biopolymers, materials that are more durable, lighter and resistant to fungi and abrasions.
They serve the hygiene, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, food and packaging sectors.
Ranging from curtains and upholstery to excipients to add volume to medicines and cosmetics, automotive compounds, nanomaterials, nitrocellulose, microfibrillates, bioplastics and others.
The persistent pandemic has led large cellulose manufacturers to seek the alternative of industrial hemp so as not to risk interruption in their supply chain, with this market expected to exceed US $ 235 billion in 2026, says Global Market insights Inc.