Hemp is an essential part of our business model because reusable bags can be the most sustainable when they are made from hemp!
Here are some of the reasons why hemp is so amazing:
Hemp doesn't need Pesticides, Herbicides, or Fungicides: Hemp grows vigorously and requires no pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides due to it’s own production of natural resins and dense growth pattern.
- Its relative marijuana is sometimes called “weed” which seems appropriate since hemp does seem to grow like a weed: faster, stronger, and without room in between plants for any other plant to compete.
Hemp is drought tolerant:
- Rainfall is adequate to support the hemp crop so it needs little or no irrigation and will grow in arid regions.
- If traditional retting is used, where the stalks are left in the fields to be rained on, no extra water is used.
- If mechanical retting is used, it does require water and most of the water requirements for hemp are in the processing of the fibers, not the growing of the plant.
Using hemp can save precious trees:
- Hemp is fast growing and can be harvested three to four times annually (every 100 days).
- Hemp produces four times as much fiber as trees per acre and produces that fiber at least 80 times faster than trees can. That’s 320 times as much fiber per acre than trees!
- Hemp produces twice the amount of fiber as cotton and six times that of flax.
Hemp is good for the soil:
- Hemp adds nutrients to the soil, removes toxins, aerates the soil, and prevents soil erosion with it’s long roots.
- Hemp actually leaves the soil in better condition than before it was planted. This is currently being acknowledged by the U.S. Congress, and, it is reconsidering industrial hemp as a legal crop in the U.S. again.
Hemp is low in green house gas emissions:
- Organic hemp uses the least amount of energy to produce compared to the most common natural and synthetic fibers.
- Hemp comes in as the 3rd lowest CO2 producing fiber. Unfortunately it is not yet the lowest because fuel mixes and sources of energy differ between all fiber production and it’s likely that hemp’s primary energy is sourced from coal.
Hemp is cheaper to Grow:
- Hemp is less expensive to farm because of its minimal growth requirements.
- Canadian hemp seed farmers are earning 10 times the revenue per acre than American grain farmers.
Hemp has A LOT of essential daily uses:
- Bio-degradable plastic
- Construction materials