Last updated on August 30, 2021
Everything made from plastic can also be made from hemp. The best part is that plastic made from hemp is biodegradable. In the midst of an environmental crisis, why isn’t this environmentally friendly plastic everywhere? Oil-based plastics have destroyed our natural resources for far too long. Over-consumption of plastic plays a huge part in that the destruction that we have done so far. Plastic and its chemicals have invaded our ocean water and air. Plastic is so commonly used every day that it is nearly impossible to avoid it. Luckily, there is an alternative. This plastic can be used as a replacement without such damaging effects.
What Is Hemp Plastic?
Hemp plastic is an affordable bio-based natural fiber which can replace oil-based raw materials. These plastics compete with engineering compounds in properties such as high stiffness and high heat tolerance. Both biodegradable and recyclable blends address global policies for CO2 reduction and oil dependence. Plastics made from cannabis are not made from the plant’s oil or seeds, but from the stalk.
Here Are 4 Ways Hemp Plastic Is Better Than Generic Plastic:
1. Compostable & Recyclable
Our addiction to plastic is having devastating effects on the planet. Remember that every piece of plastic you have purchased in your lifetime still exists. On average, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute, considering all of the other daily uses of plastic it is clear why our planet is suffering.
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On the other hand, hemp plastic takes 3 to 6 months to decompose and is able to be recycled indefinitely. Because of these immense comparisons even gradually making the switch from conventional plastic to hemp plastic would have a lasting effect on the environment.
2. It’s Strong & Lightweight
Despite hemp plastic’s ability biodegrade easily is actually 5 times stiffer and 2.5 times stronger than traditional plastic. The longer a product lasts, the less it needs to be produced resulting in energy saved. Hemp plastic is also heat resistant which makes it great for culinary use.
3. Supports Local Farmers & Not Big Oil Companies
Generic plastic is made from fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide during production resulting in climate change. The production of hemp plastic is more environmentally friendly since it does not emit CO2, cannabis plants actually capture carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen. For every ton of hemp produced, 1.63 tons of carbon is removed from the air. These plants also enrich the soil they’re grown in. The deep roots prevent soil erosion so the farmland can be cultivated over and over again.
4. It’s Better For The Environment
Let’s face it. Plastic made from cannabis is better for the environment as well as human health. It’s non-toxic, waterproof, fireproof, and resistant to mold when it’s above the ground. It can be used as insulation, flooring, walls, roofing, and more. Best of all, it lasts longer than traditional building materials. It has a lower carbon footprint than concrete.
Around 93% of Americans over the age of 6 have traces of BPA in their body, a chemical used in plastic. This chemical interferes with the bodies natural production of hormones. It is known to lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer. There’s no reason to drink from chemical-invested water bottles when there is a healthier, safer, alternative.
The Bottom Line
Hemp is so useful and durable it can be molded used for everything from constructing homes to making paper. Some more popular uses for this plastic, in particular, are electronics, containers, toys, furniture, bottles, bags and even car parts. With so many uses of this environmentally friendly plastic, it is easy to start converting your everyday plastic items to hemp plastic.
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