Sustainability and Hemp = Helping Fix our Planet
Did you know that one all-powerful superfood could be the key to fixing our planet? Hemp, an organic, nutrient-dense, and environmentally-friendly plant has the potential to replace numerous chemically-filled materials humans use on a daily basis. Hemp has endless capabilities to replace paper, plastic, and even car fuel. Because of its natural insulation, biodegradable properties, and self-sequestering efficiency, hemp definitely has the potential to save the world.
- Hemp can be used to replace plastic with its environmentally friendly, biodegradable properties.
- Hemp could replace paper, as the paper being used now is made from wood which causes huge deforestation issues. Because hemp only takes 60-90 days to reach maturity, it is a better alternative than trees that take longer to grow.
- Hemp can be recycled as paper up to 7 times.
- Hemp building materials reduce emissions and toxic chemicals being released into the environment from wood, concrete, and steel production.
- Hemp can be made into biodiesel by pressing the hemp seed into oil.
- When growing, hemp helps sequester carbon. The plant captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and cleans the air we breathe as a result.
- Hemp regenerates soil. Its roots can go up to nine feet deep restoring the soil it breathes in which helps promote the growth of future crops.
- Hemp has been used to make its own version of concrete. With “hempcrete,” referring to a mix of the core of hemp stalks and limestone, this has been used to create sustainable houses. Homes that are insulated with hempcrete emit less carbon dioxide than those made from regular concrete.
- Growing hemp prevents pesticide pollution, the plant doesn’t need harmful pesticides to grow.
- Hemp requires minimal irrigation than most crops and in turn, its growth conserves water.
- Hemp supports sustainable farming practices with its ability to restore damaged soil and remove harmful toxins.
- Hemp produces a relative abundance of bushy biomass in a short period of time, which means it is highly effective at extracting nutrients from the soil and converting them into potentially useful products.
- Hemp plants can survive almost anywhere growing in a wide range of climates.
- Hemp was made to both create cars and fuel them. The plant is used to make bioplastics and plant-based fuel.
- Hemp is a high-yield crop.
- Hemp fuel, turned into ethanol form, burns more cleanly than other fuels.
- A plant’s ability to produce oxygen decreases with age. Because of hemp’s fast-growing ability being able to harvest as early as 12 weeks, the plant is able to pump oxygen into the atmosphere more efficiently.
- When growing hemp, it returns about 70% of its required nutrients back into the soil.