Eco-Friendly and Sustainable
The East African sisal used is harvested from the leaves of the agave plant. About 50 leaves are cut per plant per year. During the first 4 years, the plant is cut twice annually. Only one cutting is taken in the following years until the plant dies at 8 to 10 years. A total of about 300 leaves may be harvested during the economic life of each plant, resulting in a total of 500 to 600 tons of fibre per hectare.
The fibre extraction process begins with crushing and scraping the leaves, until the pulp is washed away, and then used as fertilizer on the fields, supplying nutrients and improving the soil structure. After washing, the fibre is graded, sorted, and hung in the sun to dry. The fibres are then beaten or brushed to remove the remaining leaf tissue and to soften and separate them.
Wool is an environmentally responsible fibre that has been measured in terms of its ecological impact. Wool is biodegradable as well as a renewable resource.
Natural Flooring Supplies only offer products made from Natural fibres such as Sisal, Wool and Paper. The European manufacturers that produce our products participate in environmental programs. All manufacturing takes place in Europe thereby reducing the impact of transportation and our suppliers do not use materials sourced from low-wage economies.