WATER HYACINTH: A UNIQUE SOURCE OF SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS
Sustainability is not only good for the planet - it is one of the hottest trends in modern interior and office design. More and more decorators and homeowners are looking to invest in products that are beautiful and durable, but made of durable fabrics and materials.
WHAT IS WATER HYACIN?
Water Hyacinth is a floating plant with beautiful purple flowers. It is native to South America, but has appeared in most of the southern United States, wherever there are no permanent freezes. It also invaded parts of Africa, Asia and Europe.
Water hyacinth can form thick mats that cover the entire surface of ponds, choking native species and the oxygen in the water. Fish cannot survive in water without oxygen, so it is important to control plant growth. In some states such as Texas, Florida, and California, having a water hyacinth on your property is illegal due to how ubiquitous it can be.
Wicker made of water hyacinth is extremely ecological; it grows so fast and so densely that in some places it is considered an invasive species.
Craftsmen and farmers are constantly looking for new uses for a hardy, stubborn plant, and wicker has become one of the best, most profitable options. Craftsmen around the world are developing new ways of weaving it and are constantly creating new products from it.
WHAT WATER HYACIN IS USED FOR
The desire to control the water hyacinth has made it challenging to find ways to remove it from waterways and use it in a productive, sustainable way. Some of the most popular uses so far include:
* Feeding livestock
* Water purification
* Paper making
* Cooking and eating
* Bioenergy creation
* Weaving furniture and decorative items