The Benefits of Hemp: A Sustainable Resource

Organic hemp is one of the most sustainable fibers that can be used, according to several sources such as Textile Exchange and The Made-By Environmental Benchmark for Fibers. Hemp is a natural plant fiber found in the stems of the cannabis plant and is the least harmful to the environment. Growing hemp requires little water and replenishes soil nutrients to help improve soil health. It is also biodegradable and offers insulating, anti-radiation, and antibacterial properties.

As a crop, hemp is exceptionally environmentally positive, requiring about 50 percent less water to grow per season than conventional cotton and can grow in a variety of soils with high yields. It also requires little or no pesticides. Hemp rope is now being used as construction materials, clothing, and much more due to its incredible properties. It's currently legal to own hemp products, such as clothing, but it's only legal to grow them in a few specific countries and states.

Hemp fabric may not be as comfortable as cotton during first use, but it gets softer after every wash without losing its shape. It's also very resistant to the formation of balls or small lint balls on the surface. Hemp fabric is produced from fibers extracted from the stem and stem of the cannabis plant that are softened in water, broken and spun or woven to form fabric. A little water isn't a problem for hemp clothes, and fabric dyes stay brighter than ever, even after a few washes.

Hemp concrete can be used to coat the walls of your home or business, while being completely renewable and reliable. With the legalization of hemp finally at the federal level, continued research on hemp as an alternative fuel source will only grow. Hemp processed feels similar to cotton (although the finish is a bit rougher, something like canvas). Called “hemp concrete”, this biocomposite material can be used to create structures of all kinds without worrying about toxicity.

Hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years and was used for construction materials, paper and much more during some of the early days of civilization. It's clear that hemp is an incredibly sustainable resource that can be used for a variety of purposes with minimal environmental impact.

Ethel Sweetwood
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