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Back to nature Rod Smith reports on the drive for increased use of natural fibre jute geotextiles in civil engineering projects.

The United Nations International Trade Centre of Geneva has begun a programme of promotion of natural fibre jute geotextiles in western Europe. The idea is certainly not new, with uses of natural fibre geotextiles such as reed matting dating from around 5000BC. There are also references to it in the Bible.

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