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Front. Mater. | doi: 10.3389/fmats.2019.00226

Natural Fibers as Sustainable and Renewable Resource for Development of Eco-friendly Composites: A Comprehensive Review

  • 1King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand

The increase in awareness of the damage caused by synthetic materials on the environment has led to the development of eco-friendly materials. The researchers have shown a lot of interest in developing such materials which can replace the synthetic materials. As a result, there is an increase in demand for commercial use of the natural fiber-based composites in recent years for various industrial sectors. Natural fibers are sustainable materials which are easily available in nature and have advantages like low-cost, lightweight, renewability, biodegradability and high specific properties. The sustainability of the natural fiber-based composite materials has led to upsurge its applications in various manufacturing sectors. In this paper, we have reviewed the different sources of natural fibers, their properties, modification of natural fibers, the effect of treatments on natural fibers, etc. We also summarize the major applications of natural fibers and their effective use as reinforcement for polymer composite materials.

Keywords: natural fiber, Sustainable and Renewable Resource , Eco-friendly composites, applications of natural fibers, reinforcement for composites materials, treatments on natural fibers

Received: 26 Jun 2019; Accepted: 03 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 T G, M R, P and Siengchin. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Prof. Suchart Siengchin, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Bang Sue District, 10800, Thailand, suchart.s.pe@tggs-bangkok.org