New fuel brackettes, replacing wood as a fuel


 Brackettes ('logs' made from bracken) are a very ecofriendly product being made by Brackenburn, a small business that only opened its factory in the West Country in October 2015, and is already generating a lot of interest. 1st quarter news

The logs are made from 100% bracken, the fern-like stuff that covers the countryside. When it turns brown, it is harvested, dried, then cut and mashed together to create Brackettes. Brackettes actually burn hotter than oak (having a higher calorific value and lower moisture content). Also, when the bracken is harvested, the bio-diversity of the land is increased so bluebells can flourish as can all types of flora and fauna. And, by burning bracken instead of wood, fewer trees are cut down.

By February 2106 Brackettes were available from15 outlets in and around Bristol, Bath and Wells, but their distribution is spreading rapidly, and they had a boost from being featured on BBC Radio4 'Farming Today' on Aug 25th  Brackenburn

Brackettes can be ordered online from Hotterlogs : £6.99 a 10kilo bag (10x1kg logs) or £18 for 3 bags

New Material Pinatex, is replacing leather:

The new material Pinatex is not only an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile, being used as an alternative to leather, its raw material is a waste product - pineapple leaves! (Pineapple leaves are considered an agricultural by-product that is often burned or left to rot. An estimated 40,000 tonnes of this pineapple waste is generated globally each year.)

While researching alternatives to leather in the Philippines, Dr Carmen Hijosa discovered the possibilities of pineapple fibre and spent 7 years, partnered with local weavers experimenting and developing the new material. The fabric is breathable and flexible, and can be printed on and stitched. It's also available to purchase on a roll, avoiding the wastage caused by irregularly shaped leather hides. Huffington Post VIDEO

In 2013 Ananas Anam Ltd, a for-profit company was set up to develop and market Piñatex™ from its head office based in London. Ananas Anam supports pineapple-farming communities in the Philippines. "We are developing a new industry that will enhance the social network in rural areas as farmers will be able to sell fibres as a commercial and viable proposition. Furthermore, the farming communities will benefit from the potential output of natural fertilizer/biogas which is the by-product of fibre extraction. " dezeen

The current range of Pinatex materials available, and products made from them can be found in their on-line catalogue . The original Pinatex is made from 80% pineapple leaf fibre and 20% PLA fibres (a bioplastic made from renewable resources, such as corn starch, tapioca roots, or sugarcane. )

The company has been recognised within the fashion industry as a pioneer in the development of innovative and sustainable textiles. Already a number of big name companies are creating products with the new material, and the company is struggling to keep up with public demand Answering complaints on Facebook, on August 9th 2016 they said

"We apologize for all the delayed and unreplied requests! We are a start-up. Our small team tries to do the best in catching up on all messages and emails. So please be patient with us! We will get back to you soon "    pinatex


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