Water Hyacinth

A Resource For Sustainable Products


  • Akshata Das
  • Sharda Kosankar CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur


Water Hyacinth, Invasive, Renewable Resource, Bio-products


Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth) is a vegetation that grows anywhere in standing water such as rivers, lakes etc., and found all over the world. It is often regarded as a dangerous weed due to its quick reproduction, reduction of nutrients and oxygen in water bodies, and significant disruption of the growth of flora and animals. Cleaning up water bodies that have water hyacinth infestations can frequently be challenging due to the plant's high rates of regeneration, survival, and growth. These qualities of water hyacinth can be seen favourably, nevertheless. Hyacinth has been studied for its potential as a heavy metal, water pollution, and other contaminant absorber. Even though water hyacinth stems and leaves have been used as absorbents in numerous research, the plant also has some novel and unusual uses. Water hyacinthh is valuable in the development of supercapacitors, the manufacturing of ethanol, and the enhancement of plant and animal immunological resistance. This paper gives a review on several Water hyacinth products that can be obtained, highlighting how this invasive species can be used to produce sustainable materials.