International Year of Natural Fibres – Pre Stamped Envelope Australia 2009
Year 2009 was declared by UNO as International Year of Natural Fibres. Derived from Plants & Animals natural fibres are used to form fabrics,paper,insulation and other building materials essential to society. As of 2009 30 million tonnes of natural fibre was produced in the world annually.Natural fibre contributes significantly to Australian economy with Australia wool,cotton,angora,cashmere,mohair & alpaca traded all around the World.
Accounting for about one quarter of of World’s Wool production ,Wool is the most valuable natural fibre industry in Australia with exports valued at $2.7 billion in 2008 and in 201617 expected to be worth $3.615 Billion.
Australia Post issued a beautiful Pre stamped envelope to commemorate International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 on 18 May 2009.The Cancellation shows a sheep and words “The World’s largest Wool Producers”. Australia’s natural fibres are also featured on the PSE.