Bricks to fabric– why hemp is the sustainable solution

Bricks to fabric– why hemp is the sustainable solution

Blurb: Hemp finds use in various industries due to its composition. It is rich in both fiber and protein, making it very strong, flexible and durable. In fact, historically it has a long association in the textile industry.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to say sustainability is the need of the hour. We are fast depleting the earth’s natural resources, massive landfills are multiplying, global warming is a reality and our ecosystem is suffering. At this time, corporations and people are turning towards eco-friendly and sustainable solutions in order to preserve and protect the planet and the natural resources we have left. So, what does this have to do with hemp?

As we already know, hemp-based foods and oils are not only natural but do amazing things for our body and soul. But did you know that hemp finds use in a diverse range of industries? From textiles and bricks to bioplastics and paper, it is the ultimate sustainable solution.

What makes hemp sustainable?

It is natural, so it is biodegradable. But more importantly, it is more sustainable to grow than cotton or flax. It puts far less stress on the environment. It is a high-yielding crop producing more fiber per square foot while requiring less water. Hemp can also yield three to four times in a year and can be grown between crops as well, as it nourishes the soil with nutrients. It even prevents soil erosion and being naturally resistant to pests there is no need for any chemical treatment. So, not only does it take up less space and need less care and resources, it also offers great returns to farmers and gives back to the ground it grows on.

Read about the history of hemp in India and how it was classified as a narcotic.

History of hemp in the textile industry

Hemp finds use in various industries due to its composition. It is rich in both fiber and protein, making it very strong, flexible and durable. In fact, historically, it has had a presence in the textile industry. Hemp is said to be the oldest cultivated plant in the world with uses dating back to the stone age. It was grown all over Asia, including the Himalaya region and was used to make hemp fabric.  

Did you know hemp fiber imprints and traces have been found that date back to 10,000 years ago! 

Modern uses

As we mentioned earlier, hemp is rich in fiber and protein. Moreover, the cellulose quantity is very high as well. Strands can be wound together to make string, twine and rope. Hardy cloth that is woven from it can be used to stitch canvas and sacks. A treated version of  hemp is used to make everything from t-shirts to rugs.

Beyond textiles, industrial hemp finds use in making paper, cordage, bio-fuel and biodegradable plastics. How, you ask?

  • A natural substitute for wood fiber, hemp is pulped with fewer chemicals because of its low lignin content and finds place in the paper-making industry.
  • Hempcrete, a composite material made of hemp and a lime binder, can be used instead of concrete in non-load-bearing applications.
  • Small pieces of wood from the stalk of the plant, known as hemp shives, are mixed with either lime or cement to create a durable, eco-friendly building material. 
  • Hemp fiber can also be used to make bioplastics that are recyclable and biodegradable. 
  • Hemp is also used to make fiberglass, which is used in the automobile industry and to insulate buildings.

The best part is hemp is biodegradable making the above industrial applications eco-friendly and sustainable,

Want to do your bit? Why not start by trying our hemp-based products like hemp seed oil and hemp proteins to name a few. These are all-natural and chemical free and not only good for you, but also good for the environment.

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