Sustainability Assessment and Recycling of Natural Fiber Composites

Lobna A. Elseify, Mohamad Midani, Ayman El-Badawy, Mohammad Jawaid

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Greenwashing and false sustainability claims are being used extensively to benefit from the rise of the eco-conscious consumer. However, it is not always necessary for the products made with natural resources to be environmentally friendly. A comprehensive sustainability assessment is required to validate any sustainability claim. This chapter is devoted to the discussion of the sustainability assessment and recycling of natural fiber composites (NFC). The standard methods used in the sustainability assessment are introduced including life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint. A comparison between the carbon footprint of different natural fibers is conducted, as well as a comparison between the carbon footprint of NFC and glass fiber composites. Advantages and disadvantages of natural fibers and glass fibers throughout their life cycle are discussed. Finally, the different methods and routes for recycling NFC are explained.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Materials
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Materials
ISSN (Print)2192-1091
ISSN (Electronic)2192-1105


  • Carbon footprint
  • LCA
  • Natural fiber composites
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)


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