7 Reasons Why Hemp is good for the Planet
There are 25,000 uses for Hemp and it is very eco-friendly plant. You can make anything from clothing, paper, to building material, and even used as a source of high quality, edible protein. With new laws approving of production of Industrial hemp in 9 different states, we would like to reveal the benefits of hemp to environment. These are the ways the environment could benefit from this earth friendly plant.
1. Hemp planting reduces deforestation and alternative to wood.
Half of all the trees that are cut down are used to make papers and deforestation is serious environmental crisis causing major increase in greenhouse effect. The crop of the past and future produces the highest yield per acre than any other fiber crop. One acre of hemp grown in a single season yields as much paper as up to 4 acres of trees which could take more than a year to grow. Hemp paper was used in writing the declaration of Independence and it is stronger, acid free, and has a longer shelf life.
2. Hemp is biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. They are easy on landfills.
Hemp paper can be recycled 10 times whereas wood-based paper can be recycled twice without losing integrity and requires additional fiber content. Not to mention that 220 million pounds of toxic pollution are added into the air and water every year during the production of wood paper and pulp. Hemp paper does not need to be bleached with chlorine; it can be whitened with hydrogen peroxide, which is a lot safer for the water and soil of the earth.
3. The plant is worker friendly, non-toxic material.
This material is organic and does not emit any harmful chemicals. Although according to experts, it does have the capability to kill weeds just like Scotch guard in an organic way, it has no harmful effects when breathed in or worn. In fact in some studies it has been shown to reduce Staph infection in hospitals (reference). It inhibits the growth of bacteria. This antimicrobial substance and antimeldew making it great for shower curtains, apparel, and building material. Fabrics made of hemp do not have any chemical residue, and is therefore safer for consumers. Even if the fabric contains only 50% hemp, it can keep the UV rays of the sun from harming the skin underneath.
4. Hemp uses no pesticides and easy to grow.
The “Fabric of our lives” cotton is a major user of pesticide accounting for 50% of all pesticides but occupies 1% of U.S farmland. According to Dr. Doug Murray, professor at Colorado University states that, “the pesticides used on cotton are some of the most hazardous available.” We cannot completely turn off cotton production but we need an alternative to source to cloth ourselves and preserve mother earth.
5. Hemp can be used as a biodiesel fuel
Biodiesel is completely biodegradable and a much cleaner fuel for the air. Even the exhaust produced from burning hempseed biodiesel has a pleasant smell. Although hemp is not the greatest alternative to fuel that is available, hemp fuel can be used temporarily because it can be used in all the existing vehicles today without making any alterations. Both sources of hemp fuel are non-toxic and are completely biodegradable.
6. Hemp needs little water. Hemp reduces water usage.
Compared to other plant fibers, hemp uses less water. They require less water than wheat, cotton, or soy. It grows very quickly usually taking 160 days. One requires half amount of water to produce hemp as one would other if one produced other fiber like cotton.
7. Hemp renews soil with each growth cycle. Long roots prevent erosion and helps retain topsoil.
The hemp crop grows dense and vigorously. Sunlight cannot penetrate the plants to reach the ground, and this means the crop is normally free of weeds. Its deep roots use ground water and reduce its salinity. Also, erosion of topsoil is limited, thereby reducing water pollution. The roots give nitrogen and other nutrients to the soil. After the harvest, this soil makes excellent compost amendments for other plants, and hemp cultivation can follow the rotation of agriculture with wheat or soybean. In fact, the same soil can be used to grow hemp for many years, without losing its high quality.
BONUS: Hemp absorbs carbon in the atmosphere.
The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals emitted by nuclear plants into the soil, such as copper, cadmium, lead and mercury.
Hemp products will help save the environment, leaving a cleaner and greener planet for the next generation.
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