Industrial hemp has many advantages! Hemp’s economic and environmental benefits are clear, as we will show you below.
The Greatness of Hemp
Hemp to Produce Paper
Did you know that hemp can be used to produce paper? In fact, there is not a tree or plant that is capable of producing as much paper per acre as hemp! Its potential for paper production is amazing. Once acre of hemp can produce four times the amount of paper as one acre of trees, as per the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Wow!
The paper products are many. The hemp plant can produce computer paper, newsprint, envelopes, tampons, toilet paper and more. If hemp were to be used instead of trees for making paper, imagine the number of trees we could save. Hemp also grows much faster than trees; a hemp plant grows within four months while a tree can take upwards of 20 years to grow fully.
More Benefits of Hemp Products
Products derived from hemp are nontoxic. There is little needed to grow hemp; it requires only a few resources. There is little pressure on the soil, and only small amounts of fertilizer are necessary. Little runoff into waterways occurs too, which means less water pollution.
Did we mention that hemp is nontoxic and renewable? It is also biodegradable; whatever is left of the plant trickles back into the soil and provides valuable nutrients to the soil.
And we haven’t even talked about the amount of fiber hemp can produce! It is capable of producing twice as much fiber per acre as cotton. That means that hemp is a more viable, affordable resource than cotton for making denim jeans and other clothing from 100 percent of this plant. Many clothes can be made entirely from hemp, including jackets, pants, shoes, dresses, hats and shorts.
Unfortunately, growing hemp in the U.S. is still illegal, in spite of these economic and environmental benefits. Surprised? You’re not alone.
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