At Sisal Tejidos Yucatan we believe in a world in which quality and sustainability work hand in hand in order to find innovative and ecological solutions to improve people’s quality of life. We are committed to the use of natural fibres such as Sisal (Henequen) as a substitute for synthetic and plastic fibres that cause so much damage to our oceans and the planet.
WHAT ARE WE THINKING!
You have surely heard of the problem of plastic pollution of our planet, and especially our oceans. Every year more than 9 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into our rivers and seas, that is the equivalent in weight and volume to about 160 blue whales of plastic every day, the largest living creature in our oceans, or 3 African elephants of plastic every minute, the largest land animal on our planet. In other words, in the time since you started reading this paragraph, another 9 tonnes of plastic waste has been dumped into the ocean and will pollute our oceans for around 400 years until it biodegrades. That’s how big a problem we have.
But did you know that plastic pollution is largely caused by the use of chemical and synthetic fibres based on polymers and plastics? Even the microfibres present in the fabrics of our clothes, accessories and furniture end up in our rivers and seas being ingested by aquatic fauna and poisoning everyone, including every creature higher on the food chain, including humans.
Biofibre, or natural fibre, is the name given to fragments or strands of naturally occurring materials that can be processed into yarns and ropes. The yarns obtained from biofibres can be intertwined to produce a fabric or processed in different ways to produce different products for common or industrial use.
Biofibres can be extracted from a wide range of natural sources, including cotton, jute, coir, hemp and of course sisal (henequen). All these fibres form fabrics, ropes and threads that have been fundamental to mankind since the origin of civilisation.
Because it is a sustainable and environmentally friendly option – Sisal (sisal) fibres are a renewable resource par excellence. Harvesting one tonne of sisal fibre requires less than 10% of the energy used to produce the same amount of polypropylene. Henequen is a xerophytic plant, i.e. it does not require irrigation systems and is sustained exclusively by rainwater. Its maintenance does not require fertilisers, so no chemicals are released into the soil or water where it is grown. In addition, its process involves neutral carbon dioxide emissions and the waste can be reused in composite materials for housing construction or to generate electricity. And at the end of its life cycle, sisal fibres are 100% biodegradable.
Because it is a high-tech option – Contrary to traditional thinking, sisal fibres have excellent mechanical strength, low weight and cost competitiveness, and overall much better performance than chemical or synthetic fibres. This has made them especially attractive in the automotive and construction industries.
Because it is a responsible choice – By opting for products made from sisal fibres, we contribute to the development of the agricultural sector in Yucatan and Mexico. As a result, we support thousands of farmers and their families in the fight against hunger and poverty. At Sisal Tejidos Yucatán we are committed to the promotion of local cultivation and the economic development of low-income and vulnerable families, generating stable and well-paid sources of employment.
Because there is no better option – Today, natural fibres such as sisal are at the centre of the ecological movement that focuses on the care of the environment and the well-being of humanity. Our long-term goal is to create products that are sustainable at every stage of their life cycle, from production to disposal.
From yarns and twines, to tailor-made projects, we create solutions with high durability and low environmental impact.