After experimenting in the garages of their student flats, Ben Scales and William Murrell have found a way to develop New Zealand ti kōuka (cabbage tree) and harakeke (flax) into new natural composite materials. Their plan is to use these to create high-performance sports gear like skis, snowboards, kayaks and skateboards.
There’s growing demand for using recycled, sustainable materials, and Ben and William are tapping into the market – they’ve set up their own company, KiwiFibre, and have already had interest in their products from international corps.
Ben says: “We’ve called ourselves KiwiFibre because we are looking into every natural fibre in New Zealand in terms of its engineering potential. We plan to be the world’s leading supplier of New Zealand natural fibre composites.”