Resource Fiber

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Resource Fiber is establishing the U.S. bamboo manufacturing industry, bringing a versatile and beneficial crop to the Black Belt region of Alabama.  Imagine locally farmed and processed bamboo  - a powerful economic engine with positive environmental outcomes.  Learn more about us in this brief video.

In addition to creating new agricultural and manufacturing jobs, Resource Fiber has planted the largest commercial-scale bamboo nursery in Greene County, Alabama designed to populate up to 200,000 acres by 2020.  The company’s 4,000 acre farm will be planted in the Fall of 2018 adjacent to the nursery.

Our management practices are based on the triple bottom line. 

People – good for our communities

Planet – good for our soils, air, and water

Profit -  good for the economy

Over the last several decades, bamboo has been introduced as a highly useful and versatile material to the North American market.  Given its rapidly renewable nature, it was quickly adopted as a viable and attractive alternative to wood – and a giant industry has emerged with bamboo appearing in products such as flooring, furniture and linens. The challenge remains that all of the bamboo used is grown overseas. This has the disadvantage of large transportation-related environmental impacts and missed opportunities to create domestic jobs and industry. Resource Fiber intends to change all that.

Resource Fiber is growing bamboo in commercial farming operations in and surrounding the Alabama Black Belt region creating sustainable regional economic development, industry innovation and associated new employment opportunities.  Historically an agricultural region - with remarkable soils and temperate climate - the opportunities are immense to introduce this powerful new domestic industry.

Imagine new opportunities and new wealth created in the communities that need it most, providing living wage jobs in meaningful, productive industry.  New partnerships with Alabama institutions and government provide catalysts to innovation, propagating bamboo, testing new products and providing the research support needed for sustained growth. 

Why Now?

There have been three major challenges to establishing a commercial scale bamboo industry outside of China and other parts of Asia where native bamboo stands have existed for centuries.

Resource Fiber has addressed these challenges in its approach as outlined below:

ChallengeOur Approach
Cost efficient propagation of plants at commercial scale.Resource Fiber has a proven and proprietary propagation technology designed for commercial scale.
Lack of industrial infrastructure to justify commercial planting.Resource Fiber develops the full industry vertical as part of each project, ensuring long-term off-take agreements and durable investment protection for both farmers and industry.
Long timeline for return on investment with initial harvest four to six years after planting.Resource Fiber fabricates certain bamboo products during the initial growth period by importing preprocessed bamboo slats. The sale of these products will generate early revenue and provide a platform for innovation.

New Industries for the Black Belt 

Manufacturing + Innovation Center

Breaking ground in 2017, the Resource Fiber Manufacturing & Innovation Center will be strategically located in the Black Belt driving revenue to the region.  

Bamboo industries will demonstrate leadership and vitality across many domains and sectors of business, including, but not limited to:

  • Agriculture (farming, agro-forestry);
  • Building products (structural, worktops/countertops, flooring, furniture, other engineered building components);
  • Food and beverage (animal feedstock, bamboo beer);
  • Water and air purification (activated charcoal/carbon powder, carbon sequestration);
  • Biochar (organic soil enhancement, fertilizer)
  • Biocomposites (alternative to petroleum-based plastics);
  • Transportation (automotive components);
  • Aerospace (aviation industry components); and
  • Specialty textiles (anti-bacterial applications for healthcare, bedding, clothing, towels, performance apparel).

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Leadership

Resource Fiber is comprised of leaders with extensive regional and international interdisciplinary experiences spanning business and entrepreneurial development; academic and research pursuits; leadership, management and finance responsibilities; and community engagement among other pertinent areas.

In addition, our Advisory Board includes leading experts in the bamboo industry.

Committed to the Triple Bottom Line

The company is built on the tenets of the Triple Bottom Line whose foundation is based on the well-being of the people and communities where the company conducts its business (people), sound and sustainable environmental practices (planet), and sterling financial performance (profit).