Encouraging the industrial, large-scale cultivation of some plants is an important way we can reduce emissions through a phenomenon called carbon sequestration. Certain plants - like HEMP - are especially good at storing carbon as they grow. We see the use of these plants in production processes as an important economic driver to their cultivation. Hemp farming will lead to more material and product innovation down the road.
Wheat and corn can produce around 8.5 tons of material per hectare, per year. Hemp
produces 25 tons.
Oil palm takes 5 years before it fruits. Wood tree takes 50 – 100 years to mature. Hemp matures in 4 months, so it can be harvested 3 times a year.
Usable fibers from 1 acre of hemp equals the usable fibers from 4 acres of wood and 2- acres of cotton.
Hemp is naturally a hardy plant. Pest resistance means it needs less or no pesticide to cultivate.
Hemp is drought resistant.
What Is Hemp Plastic?
Hemp plastics are affordable bio-based resins which can replace fossil-fuel based raw materials. These plastics compete with other engineered or bio-materials in performance and price. Both biodegradable and bio-content resins address global focus for CO2 reduction and oil dependence. Hemp filled plastics can be manufactured with over 90% of the hemp plant’s parts.
1. Reducing Fossil-Fuel Dependence and Waste
Our addiction to plastic is having devastating effects on the planet. Remember that every piece of plastic you have purchased in your lifetime still exists. On average, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute, considering all of the other daily uses of plastic it is clear why our planet is suffering. On the other hand, hemp plastic focuses on reducing fossil-fuel based resins, and replacing them with natural hemp material. This reduces the ongoing impact of fossil-fuel resins on the environment, while also assisting the fast-growing CBD and Industrial Hemp Industry deal with post-industrial waste. Because of this circular focus on hemp and the resins containing them, even gradually making the switch from conventional plastic to hemp plastic would have a lasting effect on the environment.
2. Supports Local Farmers & Not Big Oil Companies
Hemp plants actually capture carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. For every ton of hemp produced, 1.63 tons of carbon is removed from the air. These plants also enrich the soil they’re grown in. The deep roots prevent soil erosion so the farmland can be cultivated over and over again. When we see the renewable aspects of hemp in combining with conventional resins, the local growers and processors become an integral part of the supply chain, keeping much of the business activity contained in a circular economy.
3. It’s Better For The Environment
Let’s face it. Plastics made with hemp are better for the environment as well as human health. It can be used in a variety of consumer products, packaging, and industrial applications. It has a lower carbon footprint than concrete. A large percentage of the material is entirely renewable with each new hemp harvest.
4. The Bottom Line
Hemp is so useful and durable it can be molded and used for everything from constructing homes to making paper. Some more popular uses for this plastic, in particular, are electronics, containers, toys, furniture, bottles, bags and even car parts. With so many uses of this environmentally friendly plastic, it is easy to start converting your everyday plastic items to hemp plastic.