Hemp textile is far more durable than cotton, and unlike cotton, requires no pesticides to grow.
In fact, it requires no chemicals in it’s growth cycle whatsoever and just one acre of hemp will produce as much material as 2-3 acres of cotton. Hemp is also up to four times warmer than cotton and is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulating.
To grow cotton requires about 1,400 gallons of water for every pound you intend to produce. With hemp you require only half the amount of water. Cotton is simply inferior in every aspect.
Hemp can also be made into various building materials: hempcrete, fibreboard, carpet, stucco, cement blocks, insulation, and plastic.
Walls made from hemp are naturally rot free, pest free, mold proof, and fire resistant, and have the capacity of lasting up to 500 years.
The basic building block of plastics is cellulose taken from petroleum, but petrochemical compositions are not the only way to derive plastics.
Hemp plastic is a bioplastic that is 100% recyclable and can be manufactured to be 100% biodegradable, by way of a product called Hemplyne. Hemp is a major key in completely replacing petroleum based plastic materials that are harming the planet, and its inhabitants.
The plastics we are use today contain large amounts of dangerous chemicals and if all our plastics were made from hemp materials, such as hemplyne, we could (literally) purchase something that came in a bio-plastic container and 80 days after disposal, the item will have decomposed back into the Earth.
There is no need to keep cutting down millions of trees for paper production when hemp grows in 12 week cycles and it takes 20+ years for trees to mature.
No chemicals are needed to turn the hemp into paper while 220 million pounds of toxic pollution is added into the air and water every year during the production of wood paper and pulp.
Hemp paper does not need to be bleached with chlorine, and if needed, can be whitened with hydrogen peroxide, which is tremendously safer for the water and soil of the Earth. Everyday we ignore this, we plunge deeper into unsustainable rates of deforestation, and atmospheric pollution.
“I don’t know if Hemp is going to save the world, but I’ll tell you this… it’s the only thing that can.” – Jack Herer, known as the “Emperor of Hemp”
In summary, with thousands of uses, mentioned above are just a few that impact daily life the most. If grown extensively, its diverse uses can be of significant value to the environment, the economy, world hunger, personal health, and so much more.
Although named a billion dollar crop in 1938, in the 21st century, hemp has an estimated annual worldwide market potential of 500B$-1T$ .
The choice and decision is ours to make (especially the millennials) as we are collectively responsible. We just need to raise awareness of this perfectly designed crop as it is on the planet for a reason, and the practical applications are limitless.