The origin of kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinusL.) It has grown on the continent of Africa for over 4000 years. Kenaf is grown mainly in Thailand, China, India, Vietnam and Cuba and the main market today is as an alternative source of paper pulp, although still on a minimal scale. However, the fibres contain about in the fibre, less lignin than similar types of natural fibres, which makes it easily and quickly pulped and bleached with fewer toxic chemicals. In combination with its annual renewability, makes kenaf a much more environmentally sound raw material than commonly used timber.