Alternatives - Kenaf  

Kenaf is an agricultural crop related to cotton that is a good replacement for wood, particularly in paper. In the United States, interest in kenaf began during World War II when the country was experiencing a fiber shortage. Kenaf grows quickly, reaching 12-14 feet in 4-5 months and generally requires fewer chemicals to manufacture into paper compared to virgin wood.

RCA Documents

Factsheet -- Using Less Wood: Focus on Kenaf [Get Acrobat]

Other Documents

New Crop FactSheet: Kenaf Purdue University, Center for New Crops & Plant Products

Kenaf: an Emerging New Crop Industry by Charles S. Taylor, New Crops: Proceedings of the Second National Symposium, Purdue University


American Kenaf Society

Vision Paper

Mississippi State Univ. Kenaf Research