As the world pushes for the plastic ban, demand to return to paper made products is getting stronger day by day. Industrial Hemp seems to be a viable solution to the problem world faces today. Let’s look at some of its features and how it can be part of the solution.
Hemp is made up of varieties of Cannabis Sativa that contain less than 0.3% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It is also called Industrial Hemp- refers to the non- intoxicating varieties. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis species, but are genetically distinct and are further distinguished by use, chemical makeup, and cultivation methods.
Hemp has a long history in India as well as in the western world. Its use as food, fuel, fibre and medicine has been well documented. The oldest relic ever found that traces back to 8000 BC was hemp fabric found in Mesopotamia (current-day Turkey).
As much as the possibilities are endless, the restrictions are puzzling. There is not much to the story apart from hemp being incorrectly and unjustly clubbed with marijuana, by means of government regulations and drug paranoia. That being said, the revival it is seeing is great and gives hope in some way of a breakthrough for the world at large.
Benefits of using products out of Hemp Fibres
Hemp paper has the potential to reduce deforestation as an acre of hemp will produce as much pulp for paper as 4 acres of trees over 20 years and can be used for every quality of the paper.
The bark of the hemp stalk contains best fibres, which are among the Earth’s longest natural soft fibres and are also rich in cellulose. Hemp fibre is longer, stronger, more absorbent and more insulative than cotton fibre.
Hemp fibre paper resists decomposition and does not turn yellow with the age when an acid-free process is used. Hemp paper can also be recycled a greater number of times than their wood-based counterparts.