Are you familiar with Marijuana? I’m sure you have heard of it. How about Hemp? Well, the two are very different! Hemp is a similar species of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa). The Hemp plants’ distinct characteristics make it different from Marijuana we commonly know of.
The Hemp plant has many uses and is used to derive over 25,000 products. Despite that, it is still illegal to plant Hemp. However, looking at the brighter side of things, you can still import and process Hemp based products. This can even promote the eco-friendly plant.
The problem is some people use to attach negative connotations with Hemp and Cannabis. It is also commonly linked with marijuana. For them, the policymaker legalizing cultivation and processing of hemp is the same as legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. However, that is not the case at all!
Planting hemp is not difficult at all. In fact, it grows in a variety of soil types and even in different climate conditions. In addition to this, planting hemp doesn’t much need a lot of space, for it can also be planted even in compact places.
Hemp grows faster, and this makes the farmer have an easy harvest. Similarly, in Canada, farmers gain a profit of around $300 on every acre of Hemp plantation. Cultivation is even easier as Hemp does not require a fallow period as well.
What Makes Hemp Eco-Friendly?
Now coming to whether or not Hemp really an environmentally friendly crop, What material do you think your clothes made up of? Surely you will answer “cotton.” Well, not all the clothes you wear are all made of cotton. In fact, the clothing lines nowadays are using hemp fiber to make cloth!
Clothes made from hemp are hypoallergenic in a lot of ways. It is beneficial to people who are sensitive to chemically processed clothing. Hemp is also considered to be environmentally friendly as it requires no chemical additive, pesticides, insecticides or fertilizer for growth. How amazing is that? That makes it much more sustainable than other crops and improves soil quality in the long run.
In agriculture, the term “weed” is defined as an unwanted plant growing everywhere and anywhere. Well, the hemp plant can also classify as a weed also. The hemp plant is unique among other plants because it is resistance to most pests and doesn’t even need any chemicals like fungicides or insecticides. Unlike other plants, hemp doesn’t need much water to grow either. It can survive and thrive in places with less water present.
Hemp resiliency also helps the environment to clean up soil pollution in a natural way by the process called phytoremediation. Are you familiar to the Chernobyl accident? In that accident, radiation spread to the town of Chernobyl making the town inhabitable for many years. Hemp played its role in Chernobyl as it was used to remove the pollutant from the soil and from groundwater.
See how the hemp plant is beneficial and eco-friendly? Also, being a unique plant, hemp does absorb carbon dioxide while it grows naturally with photosynthesis making it free form carbon toxicity.
Hemp Pulp as Recyclable Paper
Ran out of papers? Do you know that most of the paper we have come from trees? However, Tree as a raw material in making all kind of papers is not only the source we have. The Hemp plant also is a good alternative source in papermaking; its pulp has been used to create a paper for at least 2000 years or more.
Hemp pulp makes a more durable and recyclable paper. This paper making process does not require a lot of bleaching and chemicals either.
Hemp Plant as Fuel
Nowadays with the growing population, the number of cars increase as well. Along with this so does the need for fuels for these vehicles. This is also why a hike in fuel prices is horrible news to any adult. There is always a shortage in the supply of fuel. While companies are seeking for the alternative that is sustainable as well.
Hemp is the ultimate solution. Some studies found out that hemp seed oil makes a viable source for producing biofuel. The hemp oil is beneficial as an alternative source of biodiesels with the high efficiency it shows.
Using hemp as fuel will help you lead an eco-friendlier life! It can help reduce air pollution caused by carbon emission from the vehicles. Using hemp biofuel will lessen the destruction of our ozone layer and save our mother earth.
Human around the world generate and use plastic every day and later on became trash, which causes a serious problem. As plastics and their other byproducts are thrown away in every streets, cities, rivers, waterway and even in the ocean.
Today this has become a major problem. This causes danger to not only to our health but also to the animal kingdom. Many organizations and government programs help reduce plastic waste. But the sad reality is still floating around in the ocean, around the globe. Well, here is a sustainable solution for this!
Substitute for Plastic Materials
Hemp is now being used as a substitute for plastic materials. Like in the car industry, they now incorporate hemp as a raw material in making car spoilers and composite body panels. This is making their production eco-friendly and free from plastic.
As hemp became popular, many other car companies today are engaged in using hemp as a raw material. Hemp plastic is stronger, cheaper and lighter! Which makes it very useful.
Hemp as Ingredient in Oil-based Products
Hemp is being used as an ingredient in oil-based products like paints, inks, and varnishes. As mentioned earlier hemp seeds are a good source of oil which is non-toxic and eco-friendly. In fact, all the way back to the renaissance period, hemp paint was widely used for making stunning paintings by famous artist like Van Gogh.
One beneficial characteristic of hemp oil is water resistance. They can be used on different media like canvas and wood. It soaks easily into the medium as well!
Hemp plant as the ultimate eco-friendly solution
Technological progress is happening at the cost of our Earth! Hemp can really help in turning things around for our future! To summarize here are some of the ways it can help reverse the damage we have done:
1- Hemp replaces other common raw materials in making different products like paper! Hemp-derived paper is a great alternative to cutting down trees!
With its durability, stability and the lower price, producers are growing more inclined towards using it as a raw material in production processes.
2- Hemp also helps reduce air pollution in many ways. It is a pest-resistant plant, that does not need insecticides or pesticides. It is also seen as an upcoming source of biofuel to replace the average oil used in cars.
3- Hemp is good for soil enrichment! It grows naturally as this plant absorbs chemical residue present in the soil and even radioactive elements.
Leave the old ideas behind!
Despite the negative ideas surrounding hemp, the plant has endless possibilities. It is the green gold of our era. It is used to make thousands of products in a sustainable and eco-friendly way.
The versatility of hemp proves that it is not only applicable as an alternative source of raw materials, but it is also useful for cleaning out our environment. It helps convert carbon dioxide into oxygen which in turn reduces the greenhouse effect.
Hemp industry only proves that it is on the verge of becoming a popular crop! Technology is also making Hemp processing much easier. This will assure you that all hemp derived products are guaranteed to be non-toxic, Recyclable and Biodegradable.
All parts of the Hemp plant are used to make certain products. Yes! Nothing goes to waste. It can produce high-class fiber, plastic, fuel, medicines and more! Rest assure that as hemp industry continues to make its noise in the economy; all the products made from hemp are surely safe in your health and to others.
The hemp plant grows so fast unlike other plants. This is good for boosting the mass production of industrial and commercial goods. Hemp’s eco-friendly characteristic will save our mother earth and we will have a greener and cleaner planet for the next generation to come.