Archive for September, 2014

Stalk It Longboards

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

It’s not often that natural fiber and skating culture combine. The company Stalk It is making skate boards, long boards to be precise, from corn stalks and husks.  Check out this amazing video of just that by clicking here.

From the Stalk It webpage: “Every Stalk It™ longboard is made using Cornboard™ wherever possible while maintaining the highest quality product. CornBoard™ is an Eco-Friendly pressed board made from corn stalk and husks.  CornBoard™ is an amazing material that is the soul of what we do.  Re-use, Re-Purpose, Re-Imagine, Respect. ”


“Flax and Hemp fibres: a natural solution for the composite industry”

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

There are some new literature resources available to learn about bast fiber in the composite industry. JEC has published two volumes.



From their website:

  • What’s new? Natural-fibre trends in the composite market
  • New flax & hemp semi-finished products
  • Industrial flax & hemp applications
  • Minimising environmental impacts over the entire life cycle
  • Ongoing developments: durability, fatigue behaviour and other types of performance of flax & hemp composite materials under real-life conditions

The industry sectors, users of non-renewable fibers, are now engaged in an eco-design approach. Structured to meet the demand of the Industry, JEC, the CELC’s European Scientific Committee and its industry’s R&D teams coordinated the first scientific book about the composite solutions natural fibers. « Flax and Hemp, a natural solution for the composite industry ».

Result of several years of research of the CELC’s European scientific committee, this unique technical book confirms the choice of fiber flax and hemp as an efficient eco-design initiative. It highlights the importance of an open-innovation approach in order to meet the need of the industry for the medium and long term.

This publication investigates the mechanical and specific properties of the flax and hemp for the reinforcement of polymer and evaluates their positive environmental attributes. The main goal is to upgrade the knowledge of fibers and preforms (UD’s, material, Infusion accessories, matt, prepreg composites, compounds etc.) and attract new industries.

All these studies are put into perspective with the analysis of processes in the work environment and industrialization. For this reasons, this publication is devoted to R&D engineers who use fibers, but also to all the composites value chain, and provides a detailed analysis and some thoughts for your reflection for:

The state of the art of natural fiber flax and hemp (identification of complex structures)
Analysis of the mechanical performance of composites reinforced with natural fibers (variation according to process specific properties of fiber processing, control of biodegradability etc.)
Assessment of skills of different types of reinforcements flax and hemp in the implementation of specific process (UD’s, material, Infusion accessories, matt, prepreg composites, compounds etc.)
The structuring of a sector of production and distribution organized to meet medium and long term needs of industry.
The development of industrial technologies for the processing of plant fiber preforms adapted to the demands of composite industry.
The perimeter of a prospective active uses and potential industrial applications.”