In this episode of The WTiN Podcast, we talk to Jason Finnis, executive vice president and chief innovation officer, and Caleb Beyers, brand and design manager, at Bast Fibre Technologies.
Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Victoria (British Colombia, Canada), Bast Fibre Tech produces 100% plant-based natural fibres for a wide variety of nonwoven applications. Currently it has two products: Sero and Noval. Sero is a multipurpose hemp fibre and Noval is the company’s specialty linen fibre.
In this podcast, Finnis and Beyers explain why bast fibres are suitable for nonwoven applications and how they can enhance and purify the fibres using Bast Fibre Tech’s wet processing, fibre modification and proprietary dry processing techniques.
Elsewhere, they discuss overcoming obstacles such as continuity of supply and fibre consistency and explore the potential to replace synthetics with this family of fibres. Lastly, the pair note other potential applications and they make their predictions for where bast fibres might be in the next five to 10 years.