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Fibers 2015, 3(1), 64-75;

Agave Americana Leaf Fibers

Department of Textiles, D.K.T.E. Society's Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji 416115, India
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Stephen C. Bondy and Ning Pan
Received: 3 October 2014 / Revised: 25 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 January 2015 / Published: 5 February 2015
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The growing environmental problems, the problem of waste disposal and the depletion of non-renewable resources have stimulated the use of green materials compatible with the environment to reduce environmental impacts. Therefore, there is a need to design products by using natural resources. Natural fibers seem to be a good alternative since they are abundantly available and there are a number of possibilities to use all the components of a fiber-yielding crop; one such fiber-yielding plant is Agave Americana. The leaves of this plant yield fibers and all the parts of this plant can be utilized in many applications. The “zero-waste” utilization of the plant would enable its production and processing to be translated into a viable and sustainable industry. Agave Americana fibers are characterized by low density, high tenacity and high moisture absorbency in comparison with other leaf fibers. These fibers are long and biodegradable. Therefore, we can look this fiber as a sustainable resource for manufacturing and technical applications. Detailed discussion is carried out on extraction, characterization and applications of Agave Americana fiber in this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: characterization; extraction; green material; textile fiber characterization; extraction; green material; textile fiber

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Hulle, A.; Kadole, P.; Katkar, P. Agave Americana Leaf Fibers. Fibers 2015, 3, 64-75.

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