There is great interest nationally in fibre uses. However fibre production opportunities are closely tied to processing capabilities which are very limited. Interesting markets under development include non wovens, composites, building materials, animal bedding, pulp and paper products. Textiles represents a technically challenging scenario ˜ but thanks to R&D, “Dirt to Shirt” production in Canada may soon emerge as an opportunity.
A rising demand for alternatives to wood and synthetic fibres, as well as high costs of petroleum products, points towards hemp’s future potential in a variety of industries and applications.