Hemp and our Planet
On September 20th, a global climate strike took place across 150 different countries. An estimated 4 million people, many children and young folk, organized chants, homemade signs, and speeches to express frustration with the ever growing climate crisis. This walkout comes three days before world leaders will meet for the United Nations climate summit. The strike is setting the tone for many of our great leaders to take immediate action towards the arrest and reversal of this climate issue.
In light of this coalescence, here are four of the many remarkable ways hemp can save our planet. With its versatility, hemp is a natural alternative to the resources we deem “indispensable.”
1. Hemp is a Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic
Firstly, hemp can produce an alternative to plastic. The fiber is a durable and elastic material. The fiber, when woven into a synthetic plastic is completely biodegradable and relatively affordable. In fact, many eco-conscious brands including Coca Cola are beginning to look towards this incredible plant as the plastic of the future.
2. A New Building Material
Secondly, hemp is an incredible building material that can replace concrete. Concrete is ubiquitous within industry, but its toxicity has caused a lot of environmental damage. Hemp hurd when combined with water and lime can form hempcrete, which is a non-toxic material that is actually stronger than concrete itself. Moreover, hempcrete is fire-resistant and has natural anti-fungal properties that prevent its decomposition.
3. A Bioremediation Agent
Thirdly, hemp is a healing plant of our earth. This magical plant has powerful bioremediation properties that may reverse much of the environmental damage we have done. It can bioaccumulate the toxins from our soils, removing pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from our agricultural soils. In short, this enables us to keep up with our economic demands, while counteracting the mess we’ve made from reckless industrial and agricultural practices.
4. An Eco-Friendly Fuel
Lastly, hemp can be a new eco-friendly and sustainable fuel. With ever growing environmental concerns stemming from fossil fuels and oils, alternative solutions are becoming stronger candidates in production. A biodiesel can be made from the seed of this plant to cleanly power all of our vehicles. Alternatively, ethanol/methanol can be produced from the fermented hemp stalk. The use of hemp fuel in transportation and industry can greatly reduce our carbon footprint.
In wake of the aftermath of our global climate strike, we urge you to consider how the choices you make in your daily life impact the earth. Choosing hemp based products can potentially help you reduce unnecessary waste and minimize resource consumption.
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