Uses of sisal

Sisal can be used for a wide variety of things.  Although sisal fibre is not more durable than some other fibres, it's strength and length make it a popular choice.  Sisal is used commonly in the shipping industry for mooring small craft, lashing, and handling cargo.  Apart from rope, twine and general cordage sisal is used in buffing cloth, carpets, dartboards, mattresses, handicrafts and speciality paper.  It is also surprisingly used as the fibre core of the steel wire cables of elevators, being used for lubrication and flexibility purposes.  Traditionally sisal was the leading material for agricultural twine or baler twine.  Although this has now been overtaken by polypropylene.