An excerpt: "If you don’t know what kenaf is
it can be briefly summarized as a tall, fast growing plant (hibiscus
cannabinus; related to cotton and hibiscus) that requires less energy
and chemicals both in growing and processing. It can be made into paper
that is superior to wood pulp and it can be grown in less than ideal
fields -like tobacco. Kenaf has also been used in plastics,
both to strengthen and to make plastic more biodegradable. But that’s
not all, it could be a solution to global warming in that it absorbs
more CO2 than any other plant. It is claimed
that one acre of kenaf absorbs as much CO2 as 8 acres of pine forest or
more CO2 absorption that 2 -3 acres of rain forest. In areas that don’t
freeze, kenaf can be grown year round (3 crops). Research from Purdue
says that over 20 years, one acre of kenaf can produce ten to twenty
times more usable fiber than an acre of pine."
Gotta love K.F's commentary at the end of the article:
"Keep kenaf fabric on your radar and you’ll be the coolest kid on the block. It is much much better than bamboo because bamboo is very chemical intensive -it’s rayon.
Kenaf is much cleaner and more sustainable. Now we have to find a way
to make it cool. What we lack is a substitute for a cute panda bear to
sell it to consumers. I vote for chinchilla bunny puff-balls. What those
would have to do with an African plant is beyond me. Say, maybe we
could show cheetah kittens romping amid a field of kenaf?"