VICTORIA - Bast Fibre Technologies has been awarded a raft of certifications signifying its One and Sero technical natural linen and hemp fibres are sustainable alternatives for the nonwoven industry.
The recent introduction of plastics legislation in many countries, combined with increasing global concern about deforestation, is driving the nonwovens industry to look for alternatives to synthetic fibres.
BFTi's tree-free, plant-based natural fibres are now officially designated free of plastics from the Flustix system, a consumer custom-mark which enables customers to make plastic-aware buying decisions, and free from harmful chemicals according to Oeko-Tex Class 1 Standard 100.
It has also received USDA BioPreferred certification, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and 'Next Generation Solution' accreditation from Canopy, a certification process which showcases innovators offering alternatives to wood-based feedstock.
BFI has also been recognised as having a very low environmental impact rating with a score of 8.66 from the Higg Materials Sustainability Index. The Higg MSI, developed by the Sustainable Apparel Federation, simplifies and standardizes the process of measuring supply chain impacts. BFTi's Higg score of 8.66 for One linen fibre shows a significantly lower overall environmental impact relative to other fibres and is amongst the best ratings for a nonwoven natural fibre.
In addition, BFTi abides by harmful substance regulations such as the European REACH regulation and California Prop 65.
"These certifications clearly illustrate BFTi's commitment to delivering both high-quality and truly-sustainable natural fibres," said Jim Posa, President of BFTi. "Synthetics have been the default fibres in the industry for decades and these certifications now give our customers the confidence to accelerate their transition to sustainable fibres."
Bast fibres offer a number of performance advantages over and above their sustainability profile. These benefits stem from the natural role the fibres play as nutrient highways within the plant. According to Noel Hall, CEO and Chairman of BFTi, these superior fluid handling and distribution properties flow through to the nonwoven fabrics and ultimately to better performance for the consumer.
"With these critical certifications in hand we are excited to make the transition to a commercial stage enterprise with the official launch of our branded ONETM fibre this year," he said."