Core Flax Fiber (Flax Shives)
The core flax fiber, also known as flax shives, comes from the inside of the flax stem. The core flax fibre (shives) are a lignocellulosic fibre that helps the plant remain rigid during the growth phase and during production of seed. The core flax fibre (shives) is generally composed of 46% cellulose, 26% hemicellulose, 23% lignin and 2% ash. By weight, the content of the core flax fiber (shives) represent up to 70% of the content of the flax stem.
The maximum size (diameter) of the core flax fiber (shive) will not exceed the diameter of the flax stem which is normally 2mm or less. The length of the core flax fiber (shives) is dictated mostly by the processing of the stems to extract the fibres, and is usually less than 25mm in length. The flax shive can be reduced in size into a variety of particle size ranges. The core flax fiber (shive) has a porous structure making it very absorbent.
The flax core fibre (shives) can be packaged in a range of formats including bulk transport trucks, bulk totes or specialty packages. For more information or samples of flax core fiber (flax shives) please contact us.