The aim of the DNFI award is to raise awareness of the achievements of the natural fibers sector by recognizing innovative and progressive work by people and institutions at the level of production and use of natural fibers. This year’s award is kindly sponsored by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), Zurich/Switzerland.
The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) will announce the winner of the Innovation in Natural Fibre Research Award soon. Interest in the award was high again in 2021, and applications that were received reveal a fascinating array of projects, new topics, and both private and public sector funding for natural fiber research.
The winner of the 2021 Award will be announced in early October. The 7 finalists are:
• Dr. Santanu Basak (India): Sustainable flame retardant natural fiber textiles made using extracts of plant waste bio-macromolecules.
• Ms. Emma Cavalli, (Switzerland): Haelixa, Textile traceability from source to retail using DNA-based technology.
• Dr. Dibyendu Bikash Datta (India): Eco-friendly paper making from sabai grass (Eulaliopsis binata).
• Mr. Lee Kijoo (Korea): Utilizing the “Knudsen effect (ex: aerogel)” based on wool fiber herbal drug-based wound & atopic pad and virus removal for nonwoven (or fiber) material, and other products.
• Dr. Maryam Naebe (Australia): Green insulation for the automobile industry.
• Ms. Jyothi Pradhan, (India): Coir composite moulded furniture & accessories.
• Ms. Lucy Woodward (Australia): Good Earth Cotton - The fiber impact module (FIM).