Using Burlap or Polypropylene Tarps for Landscaping Debris

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blog1-1Many landscapers have learned the best way to clean-up debris from lawn and flower bed maintenance is having a few tarps on hand. Large jobs can generate loads of grass clippings, trimmings, and leaves in the fall. Hauling the debris means getting it to the truck or trailer. Being quick and efficient allows them to do more jobs in less time.

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Jute Plant Fibers Create Burlap Spiral Tubing

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blog2-1If you need flexible packaging, many will consider burlap spiral tubing as well as woven polypropylene (a thermoplastic polymer), available in heavy 7oz and extra heavy 10oz burlap. Woven spiral tubing is both versatile and durable. It is created by sewing the tube in a continuous roll with the edges sewn at a 45-degree angle or bias. The tube can stretch significantly and then close when pulled from the ends. The tubing works best when the edges can still overlap and are secured with wire ties.

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Stockpile Burlap Sandbags for Hurricane Season

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blog1-1 Hurricane season begins in June and extends through November. Over the next few months, depending on several major climate factors affecting the air and ocean water temperatures, the season can be largely unpredictable. That is why being prepared for flooding is so important.

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Burlap Protects Plants from Spring’s Last Minute Cold Snaps

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blog4-1Everyone knows that plants die if temperatures are too chilly for them to endure. Spring can bounce back and forth with bouts of cold, windy, or rainy weather before getting to the more consistent weather of summer. This time of year, it is hard to decide what clothes to wear as we head out the door to work and temperamental plants, as well as the toughest, have a similar problem.

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Marine Equipment Made of Natural Fibers

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Natural fibers can be sourced from plablog3-1nts such as oil palm, sisal, flax, ramie, hemp, kenaf, and jute. These plants specifically produce cellulose fibers in stems, leaves, seed, grass, or reeds. They are known to be relatively low weight, low cost, cause less damage to processing equipment, and have the strength and flexibility to create improved surface finishes of molded composite parts called natural reinforced polymer composites (NFPCs).

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Plant Fibers Like Jute, Flax and Hemp in Medical Science

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blog2-1 Plant-based fibers such as flax, jute, and hemp are being used to engineer medical use bio-composites. The National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference defines biomaterials as a natural or manufactured material that can be used for any interval of time to treat, enhance or replace a tissue, organ, or function of the body. They are used in implants and medical devices and must be compatible to interact with biological systems without rejection. As complicated as it sounds, humans have been doing this throughout history.

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Burlap and Cement: Strong Enough to Replace Plywood and Stucco Siding

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blog1-1 Burlap-crete is a loosely woven burlap saturated in a rapid setting cement. Unlike exterior plywood sheathing, it doesn’t warp or swell. It won’t delaminate, mold, burn, or get damaged by rodents. It doesn’t take as many tools or any special skill either. It can withstand years of weather as well as the heat of a blowtorch and hammer blows when correctly applied.

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Natural Plant Fibers for the Sustainable Manufacture of Clothing

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blog4-1 In the past, the few garments a person owned would fit in a small wardrobe closet. A coat for winter, a few shirts, and a couple of pairs of pants or dresses. Clothes were brushed clean or washed very infrequently and shoes were polished. Today, we have several colors of the same shirt or pants and overflowing walk-in closets. Many consumers act as though clothing is disposable.

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Plant Fiber and Textile Arts

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blog3-1 Modern fiber art evolved from the textile arts practiced globally since ancient times to create practical cloth for clothing, tapestries, quilts, and rugs. New artistic applications combine fibers to produce new products, with an exclusive feel, smell, aura, and appreciation.

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Jute and Other Plant Fibers for Natural Burial

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blog2-1Plant fibers create natural fabrics for all kind of uses. The trend to use green products that are simple and sustainable reduces pollution and encourages efficient land and energy use.

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