Asbestos Use on the Decline around the World

There was a time when asbestos was commonly used in fiber cement products as a binder that served to strengthen the cement. Hardie Fibrolite was the first major fiber cement product to hit the market, quickly gaining popularity in the 1950s as an alternative to increasingly expensive timber and brick materials. Since then, fiber cement siding, roofing, and other products (like fencing) have become widely used in many parts of the world, with overall demand for fiber cement totaling $10 billion in 2018, according to data from The Freedonia Group.

However, while fiber cement’s worldwide popularity hasn’t diminished, the same can’t be said for asbestos.


Quantity vs. Quality: Sizing the North American Hemp & Marijuana Growing Supplies Market

Quantity vs. Quality: Sizing the North American Hemp & Marijuana Growing Supplies Market

Cannabis legalization is blazing across North America – from the 2018 Farm Bill freeing production and trade of industrial hemp in the US, to the 2018 Cannabis Act legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada. Additionally, eleven US states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, and more are expected to try (or try again) in the months and years ahead.

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3 Instagram-Worthy Trends Driving Plant & Other Live Goods Sales

3 Instagram-Worthy Trends Driving Plant & Other Live Goods Sales

Mixed in among posts about make-up and slime is a social media stalwart: plants. Social media is providing not only indirect marketing for the $10.7 billion dollar live goods market, but valuable insights on the latest consumer plant trends.

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