Alternative uses for Hemp
Hemp plant can make strong and durable materials for construction. For example, cement made from hemp uses minerals and core fibers. When hemp is used to make homes, there is stronger resistance to bad weather and less damage incurred during bad weather.
Paper and Fuel
Paper is sometimes made using hemp. It is more economical to use hemp to make paper. It saves the trees and protects the wildlife and forests. This is a nice way to protect the environment.
Hemp uses include making fuel such as bio-diesel. The petroleum industry has embraced the use of hemp in making its products. Ethanol production is also popular in the hemp industry.
Clothing and Plastic
Hemp is used to manufacture clothing such as jeans and sport clothing, lingerie and other high fashion apparel. Hemp uses makes clothing last longer. Some of the celebrity clothing labels that use hemp fibers are Ralph Lauren, Armani and Calvin Klein.
Plastic products made from hemp are usually biodegradable and can aid in reducing landfills. In the past, hemp uses spanned packing materials and products like CD jewel cases.
Oil Based Products
Hemp oil can be used for any oil based products including candles, lanterns and paint. In fact, hemp oil paint is more durable than other types of paint. Hemp oil is non-toxic and not harmful to the environment.
Hemp vs. Timber
Industrial hemp is lighter, stronger, and less expensive than wood products. Did you know that four acres of trees produce the same amount of cellulose fiber as just one acre of hemp? Hemp also matures faster, taking just 100 days to grow to a stage where its fibers can be used. In contrast, trees take a minimum of 50-100 years to reach a similar stage.
An incredible 10 tons of hemp can be grown on an acre of land in just 100 days, making it the world’s best biomass resource. Hemp plants can reach an impressive height of up to 20 feet by the time they are ready for harvest. Less than 5% of the United States’ forest remains. By growing hemp on 6% of the available land in the United States, we can produce 100% of the biomass our nation needs.