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.
Did you know that enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times? The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic per year. Even worse, it takes 450-1,000 years for it to decompose! Look around your home, workspace, automobile, electronics, closet. Molded petroleum products that last FOREVER. If the shop industry has taught us anything, it is that we don’t need anything forever. Hemp plastic could be the solution to the plastic pollution epidemic. Hemp plastic is a bio based natural fiber composite that is produced from the Hemp stalk. It is recyclable and can be manufactured to be 100% biodegradable. On top of that, producing Hemp plastic requires 22-45% less energy than fossil fuel-based products, which aids in lessening oil dependence.
Manufacturing Hemp goods produces a greener and more ecofriendly environment. We promote Hemp products because they are good for us and for Mother Earth. It is our job to shine light on Hemp to revive this plant back to America’s forefront. We believe there are incredible entrepreneurial opportunities for all products to be produced from Hemp, just like textiles, paper, and plastics. Let us continue to revive the use of Hemp in our everyday lives, culture, and economy. Let us return to what is wholesome and good for Mother Earth and her inhabitants—HEMP.