The Benefits of Hemp: Why is it Considered Eco-Friendly?

Hemp is a natural plant fiber found in the stems of the cannabis plant. It is renowned for its sustainability, as it requires little water to grow and replenishes soil nutrients to improve soil health. It is also biodegradable and one of the most resistant fabrics. Hemp is an abundant, drought-resistant crop that can be grown in a variety of soil types and climates.

It requires less than a third of the water needed for cotton and produces 220% more fiber. The plant grows without the need for harmful herbicides and pesticides, and it also replenishes soil quality. Hemp has low carbon emissions and can capture carbon emissions from the atmosphere, making it much better for the environment than cotton. As a crop, hemp requires little or no fertilizer and grows quickly and effortlessly in moderate climates.

Unfortunately, hemp has not had the industrial support of its main counterparts, such as cotton, which has slowed down its growth as an industry. Hemp also has a more recent history in a variety of applications (including an important role in the early United States) and has been a highly valuable crop until the modern era. We spent a few hundred years and the Constitution of the United States was written on paper made of hemp and the first flag of the United States was also made with hemp cloth. According to Beegle, Benhaim and his partner, Kevin Tubbs, plan to process 50 million pounds of hemp plastic this year. Benhaim has expanded into hemp plastic, with the aim of “continuing to grow as the largest manufacturer of hemp plastic in the world, supplying plastic polymers at competitive prices to replace petroleum-based materials”.

Biodegradable and naturally organic, with no need for pesticides or herbicides, hemp also uses 50 percent less water than cotton. One of the best-known attributes of hemp fiber is its exceptional tensile strength, which is 3 times greater than that of cotton. Brands such as Levi's and Eileen Fisher have begun to incorporate hemp into their collections by blending it with cotton to produce soft, easy-to-wear products that are significantly better for the environment. The centuries-old traditional ecological methods of mechanical processing of hemp are still used in countries such as Romania and Hungary. Known for its strength and resistance to water decay, hemp was famous for its use in the sails and ropes used by ships that took Columbus to the New World.

It is currently thought that hemp is the oldest cultivated plant in the world, with uses that date back to the Stone Age. While not as nutritious as seeds, hemp leaves are edible and can be eaten raw as leafy vegetables in salads or squeezed to make juice (which I imagine tastes rather bad if you use the edibles of my youth). This makes the United States the only industrialized country in the world that does not allow its production based on a law that does not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. The main countries that supply hemp to the U. S.

In the United States they are China, Hungary, Thailand, Romania and Chile, and production also comes from other countries such as Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand.

Tamara Lutze
Tamara Lutze

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