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Value Chain Stage: Natural Fibers

Natural fibers include cellulosic and protein-based fibers. Natural cellulosic fibers can be extracted from the stems or leaves of many plants. Cotton is the most widely used natural, cellulosic fiber. Vegetable fibers also fall into this category (flax, jute, ramie, coconut, sisal, etc).  Protein fibers come from the hair of animals (i.e., wool), as well as the silk of the silkworm.
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News Items

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State Supporting Environment (2)

National Supporting Environment (1)

International Supporting Environment (1)

Sustainability

  • Textiles: The Sustainability Revolution
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  • NAT, Hanesbrands, USDA Team to Conduct Flax Growing Trials
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  • Textile Exchange Report Shows Increased Global Organic Cotton Production
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  • Video - Sustainability explained through animation
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  • Video - The business case for sustainability
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  • NC Project Green
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  • Fair Trade USA partnership with Textile Exchange
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Events

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Publications

Research

  • Intraday Cotton Prices
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  • World Cotton Database Country Statistics
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  • World Cotton Database Region Statistics
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  • World Cotton Database Harvested Area, Yield, and Production Data
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  • World Cotton Production Market Share
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  • USDA Cotton Program Fundamentals
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  • TexEd eLearning Opportunities
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  • North Carolina's Textile and Apparel Industry: Recent Survey Results
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  • North Carolina and the Global Economy
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  • North Carolina Business History
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  • State of the Union of the Textile Industry in North Carolina Part II
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  • Increasing the Economic Competitiveness of the U.S. Textile Industry
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  • Successful Sustainability Integration for the North Carolina & South Carolina Textile Complex: Encouraging Competitiveness by Uncovering Best Practices
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Trade Data

  • U.S. Imports: Silk Fiber: 1989-2008
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  • U.S. Textiles and Apparel Imports by Category (2009 - 2011)
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  • Export Opportunities
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  • Market Reports & Tariffs - By Country
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  • NORTH CAROLINA ECONOMIC OVERVIEW: FEBRUARY 2012
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