A guide to natural and biodegradable fibres that are safe to compost and can be washed without shedding tiny plastic microfibres that go on to pollute the sea.
What Are Fibres & Bristles
Fibres are thin strands that can be spun to form one continuous thread that can be used a rope or thread or if fine enough woven into cloth. They can also be stiff and hard and used in brushes.
Bristles are short stiff animal hairs or feathers. However the word bristle is often used to describe the stiff vegetable fibres used in brushes.
Plant derived fibres/bristles include everything from the finest cotton to the hairiest thickest coconut coir rope to the stiffest bassine
Animal derived fibres/bristles range from fine silk to boar bristle hair brushes.
These natural fibres can be used for sweeping, brushing, scrubbing and scouring.
Sweeping brushes can be made from a whole range of natural fibres including
- Basin, Natural Coco Fibre (COIR), Black Coco Fibre (DYED COCO), Bahia Piassava (BASS) Arenga (GUMATI ) Tampico Fibre Read about fascinating plant fibres here.
- Find reviews of natural fibre sweeping brushes here
- Coir is a coarse, short fibre extracted from the outer shell of coconuts, that can be used for other things including
- Coconut pan scrub
Animal Derived Bristles
Boars hair is used for hairbrushes. But almost every other animal hair, feather or bristle can be used for something it seems.
Hog / China Bristle Brushes
Horse Hair Brushes
Pony Hair Brushes
Red Sable Brushes
Squirrel Hair Brushes
Natural Fibres For Industry
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Abaca -Once a favoured source of rope, abaca shows promise as an energy-saving replacement for glass fibres in automobiles
Coir -A coarse, short fibre extracted from the outer shell of coconuts, coir is found in ropes, mattresses, brushes, geotextiles and automobile seats
Jute -The strong threads made from jute fibre are used worldwide in sackcloth – and help sustain the livelihoods of millions of small farmers
Sisal -Too coarse for clothing, sisal is replacing glass fibres in composite materials used to make cars and furniture
Natural Fibres For Fabrics
Plant Derived includes cotton, animal derived is stuff like silk and wool.