Hemp can revolutionize the paper industry. Prior to the 1900s, Hemp paper was widely used. Even Benjamin Franklin used it for his newspaper business. When “marijuana” was criminalized in 1937, it took Hemp with it. Since then, our main source for paper is timber. Producing Hemp for copy paper, boxes, toilet paper, and books can have a positive impact on deforestation.
- On average, one acre of Hemp can produce two to four times more paper than one tree.
- Hemp matures 90-120 days. For trees, it takes 20 years to mature.
- Paper produced from Hemp can be recycled a little over two times more than timber paper.
- Paper manufacturing needs many harmful chemicals for bleaching. Hemp can be simply whitened with hydrogen peroxide.
- Trees remove emissions out of the air—just like Hemp. Trees act as Mother Nature’s “lungs”.
- Forests are homes for thousands of animals and plant species. Deforestation endangers thousands of living organisms.
- Hemp paper is superior to timber not only because of sustainability but also because it is much more durable and lasts many decades longer.