Hemp plants are good for the earth!

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:

  • Cloth
  • Paper
  • Bio-degradable plastic
  • Construction materials
  • Fuel
  • Food
  • Medicines

 

 LEARN MORE:

What's behind the bans on Hemp in the USA?

LEARN MORE:

  1. Plastics in the Oceans
  2. Why Trees Matter
  3. Go Green Trial Pack

 

MYTH BUSTERS:

Myth 1: Hemp is Marijuana.

Truth 1. : Industrial hemp is drug-free.

 

Myth 2: High THC cannabis can be hidden in a hemp field.

Truth 2: Cross-pollination would ruin the marijuana plants.

Myth 3: It is too difficult to tell the difference between Marijuana and Hemp.

Truth 3: Industrial hemp looks more like bamboo than marijuana, and the other 30 industrial nations that cultivate hemp legally have no problem identifying the types of cannabis in their fields.

Myth 4: The Drug Enforcement Agency regulates illegal drug activity.

Truth 4: The DEA is prohibiting a drug-free plant. There is no drug in the hemp plant. Legalized growing of hemp in the United States would generate thousands of eco-friendly jobs, lessen environmental impacts of transporting hemp overseas, and create many more opportunities to harness the great powers of this plant.

 

About:

We are a woman-owned business whose vision is two-fold: to make a difference through what we do and how we do it. It is not easy to better our selves or our world, but we know the two go hand in hand. Our bags have taken us to the very brink of an ultimate question: what is true personal and planetary sustainability and what changes do we need to make to get from here to there? We hope to inspire such a journey of questioning for others as we’re all in the same boat together. (Learn more)

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