Currently, thirty-five (35) US states have positive legislation on record for cultivation of Hemp at various stages, from field tests, to actual acreage production. We are celebrating the revival of the re-introduction of Hemp and its many applications into the American culture. Three major industries stand to make significant gains via the Hemp revival: textiles, paper, and plastic. Let’s take a moment to look at these industries individually and how they have the potential to ignite the Hemp revival.
Deforestation is a killer to our planet. Trees act as Mother Nature’s “lungs,” however, cutting down trees for paper resources damages and kills our entire ecosystem. Our beloved forests hold thousands of species of animals and plants that are becoming endangered due to deforestation. If there are no trees, how is our Mother Earth supposed to live and breathe and sustain herself for the rest of humankind? Producing Hemp for copy paper, boxes, toilet paper, books, and thousands more can have a positive impact on deforestation. Rather than using trees, use Hemp! Hemp matures in 90-120 days, for trees it takes 20 years. On average, one acre of Hemp can produce two to four times more paper than one acre of trees. Paper produced from Hemp can be recycled a little over two times more than timber paper. Paper manufacturing needs many harmful chemicals for bleaching, while Hemp can be simply whitened with hydrogen peroxide. Trees are needed to help remove emissions out of the air—just like Hemp. Hemp absorbs four times as much carbon dioxide as trees do during its quick 12-14 week grow cycle, which helps reduce CO2 emissions.