DNFI – Discover Natural Fibres Initiative is an international platform for the natural fibres stakeholders community interested in all the natural fibres. This Initiative facilitates a cooperation as well as an exchange of knowledge and experiences among its members and supporters. Commencing from cotton, which prevails in the global production of natural fibres, up to noble cashmere, alpaca or silk – DNFI deals with 15 the most important plant and animal fibres .
The aim of DNFI is:
- to promote all the natural fibres in the face of competition from manmade fibers,;
- to raise awareness of the natural fibres’ advantages;
- to share knowledge on the sustainable economy;
- to provide statistical data on a production and a use of natural fibres;
- to exchange information on innovative agricultural and industrial techniques enabling a development of multidisciplinary applications of natural fibres;
- to share information on an improvement of economic conditions of people engaged in growing of natural fibres as well as in an industrial production of goods made of them.
More information : www.dnfi.org
The establishing of the DNFI is strictly connected with the decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations to declare 2009 to be the International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) in recognition of the benefits of natural fibre industries to the world economy, the environment, consumers and to producers around the world. At the conclusion of the IYNF, representatives of 15 natural fibre organizations formed the DNFI to continue this work.
Considering current economic, environmental and social challenges, DNFI has become a common organisational achievement of representatives of all the kinds of natural fibres. Within its activity – through the cooperation and consultations – DNFI promotes ecological and efficient techniques of natural fibres’ production, makes efforts aimed at improving lives of poor societies engaged in the production and the processing of these fibres as well as encourages to increase demand for natural fibres.
The current list of the DNFI members includes 30 organisations from around the world, among others: International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF), International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO), European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), Jute Asia Trading International (JATI), The London Sisal Association (LSA), Composites Innovation Centre (CIC).. Furthermore, the Gdynia Cotton Association (GCA) and the Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants in Poznań are the members of DNFI as well. The DNFI members are interested in achieving a considerable improvement, and in a long term perspective – the sustainable production and processing of natural fibres.