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Hemp and Its Impact On the Environment Compared to Other Plants

By May 13, 2019 No Comments
Hemp Impact On the Environment

Industrial hemp was a dominant crop sometime in the past and was actually one of the earliest domesticated plants. In the past, it was refined for so many applications including paper, ropes, sails and textiles. Overtime, industrial hemp was used in more products including organic body care, clothing, health foods, biofuels, construction materials and more. According to research, over 25000 products can be made from the hemp plant. It wasn’t until 1970 that help was prohibited after it was associated with marijuana.

It wasn’t until 2014 that industrial hemp was legalized again in the US. Before that, major companies were still using sustainable hemp fiber, seeds, and oil to make a wide array of products. However, these hemp products had to be imported from China, Europe, or Canada while growing in the USA was still prohibited

The hemp plant has so many benefits that it can actually promote a sustainable world. Hemp products produced from sustainable farms such as the hemp farm of Apoteum can be reused, recycled and better than that they are 100% biodegradable. Most hemp proponents claim that hemp can actually reduce global warming because it takes a huge amount of carbon dioxide compared to any other plant. This is true because the end products of the plant can be used in applications such as building materials instead of using it as compost.

Industrial hemp is quite robust and very competitive that it outcompetes weeds. The best thing about this is that hemp is produced without any possibilities of using herbicides. This makes it a cleaner benefit that reduces the load of pesticides on the environment. The industrial hemp plant comes with a large taproot that penetrates very deep into the soil and picks up the required nutrients and water for development. It is very efficient when it comes to absorbing the nutrients in the soil and it enhances the soil for future crops.

Hemp can also be utilized in fiber processing that has significant environmental benefits. Bio products made from hemp produce environmentally friendly products that are quite easy to compost. Most of the hemp derived products are also non-toxic, renewable, and biodegradable.

Hemp is also a high biomass crop that has been associated with an ability to sequester high amounts of carbon through photosynthesis.

When produced for biomass fuel, hemp can provide oil, gas and coal energy, which would end of the dependency people have on fossil fuel. Hemp usually results it’s a very high fuel to feed ratio if used in pyrolysis, which is the process of converting organic matter into fuel. One of the reasons why biomass is incredible is because it heats up and burns without any residual ash or Sulphur during combustion. Biomass is a cleaner fuel alternative to fossils. This creates a closed CO2 system. Hemp is actually the number one biomass producer per acre in the whole world.

When it comes to paper, an acre of hemp plants would produce more fiber to create paper than 4 acres of trees in a period of 20 years. Even better than that, the process of creating paper from hemp requires no dioxin chlorine bleach. Even better, hemp paper can be recycled up to eight times, which is incredibly high compared to the 3 x wood pulp paper can be recycled.

 

The use of hemp for paper can stop deforestation and produce a more environmentally friendly paper for so much less compared to wood.

When it comes to cotton, hemp produces one of the strongest and one of the most durable natural soft fibre and in the past was used for fabrics and textiles. It is actually more absorbent, more durable and warmer compared to cotton. An acre of land can produce up to three times more fibre than cotton. It becomes a better substitute because hemp doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides unlike cotton. Natural organic fibre from hemp is also recyclable unlike other petroleum-based synthetics

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