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Growing hemp prevents pesticide pollution.

Hemp grows in almost any environment.

Cultivating hemp prevents deforestation.

  • Deforestation increases globally at alarming rates. Scientists today believe the rate of deforestation equates to a loss of 48 football fields per minute. Within 100 years, it is estimated there will be no rainforests.  Shamefully, the United States has less than 5% of the world’s population and consumes more than one-third of the world’s paper.

Conserving freshwater sources- hemp requires minimal irrigation in comparison to cotton. A study in the UK comparing cotton production to hemp production found that hemp required 634-898 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of hemp.

  • It can take over 5,000 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of cotton. Cotton is one of the most water-dependent crops around and swiftly diminishing our very limited freshwater sources.

Growing hemp prevents soil compaction and erosion

  • Hemp is capable of repairing damaged soils. In fact, introducing hemp into crop rotations not only adds diversity but can also reverse the effects of soil compact and erosion. Hemp contains deep roots that can reach up to nine feet below the surface. These hearty roots help to break up soil compaction while also increasing nutrient absorption.

Cultivating hemp balances and captures carbon emissions from the atmosphere- hemp helps sequester or “trap” carbon from the air into plants. For every ton of hemp produced, 1.63 tons of carbon is removed from the air.  

There is hope. Hemp can easily replace trees as the source of raw material for wood and paper. Once acre of hemp can produce as much paper annually as four acres of trees. While trees take years to mature, hemp can be grown and rapidly reproduced within months. 

Hemp supports sustainable farming practices

Farmers who practice sustainable farming techniques know the importance of rotating crops by season. Not only does it keep the soil nutrient-rich, it also increases the overall yield.

Hemp happens to be an ideal plant for crop rotation. It enriches the soil while also removing toxins. Growing hemp helps keep the soil and air more habitable for years to come.


Hemp paper is longer lasting than wood pulp, stronger, acid-free, and chlorine free (chlorine is estimated to cause up to 10% of all cancers).  

Hemp paper is also more durable than paper made from trees.

Hemp is a biodegradable plastic.  The USA used 45+ billion plastic water bottles in 2015 alone.  Sadly plastic water bottles can take anywhere between 400-1,000 years to decompose.

The core to plastics are cellulose stemming from petroleum (highly toxic).

Hemp is the superior cellulose plastic producer on earth and biodegradable.

Hemp is a superior renewable biofuel.  Hemp transforms to biodiesel at a 97% efficiency rate. Additionally, it burns at a lower temperature than any other biofuel. When burned in a diesel engine, hemp removes the exhaust smell of petroleum with a kind aroma of hemp.

Fabrics made from hemp do not contain chemical residue

  • The majority of synthetic fibers the western world uses currently are manufactured from polymer-based petrochemical materials (AKA highly toxic materials).  Producing these synthetic materials requires an energy-intensive process, burning large amounts of gas, coal, or crude oil. This manufacturing process releases toxic emissions into the air while also leaving toxic residues within the fibers. 

Avoid all the issues by turning a new leaf and creating with hemp paper, plastic, fabric and fiberglass products. Hemp fibers are easily removed from the plant and can create clothing with zero chemical residue. Hemp is also a highly durable fabric and UV resistant.

Industrial hemp is standing by ready and able to transform, creating local to global circular economies.

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