An Industry of the Future

A Future with Hemp?

Hemp is an easy-to-grow and renewable resource with revolutionary potential that could effectively replace a number of industrial practices and products. The plant has many practical applications as a renewable and sustainable resource in almost all major areas of the economy.

Why is hemp the resource of our future?

  • It′s Easy to Grow

    The hemp plant is easy to grow. It’s fast growing, and can be farmed in tight lines which means no need to use harmful pesticides or chemicals.

  • Tried & Tested

    Hemp is one of the oldest domesticated plants. For thousands of years this sacred plant has dressed, nourished, heated, housed, transported and cared for humans. Hemp is often referred to as God’s gift to mankind, and the benefits of this plant are innumerable.

  • Broad Practical Applications

    Hemp has such broad practical applications as a fantastic renewable and sustainable resource in almost all major areas of the economy.

Hemp Needed Urgently!

Our increasing ecological awareness, rising oil prices, waste management problems and toxic building materials lead us to consider urgent alternatives. Hemp could solve many of these problems. Hemp causes no adverse effects on our ecosystem, can grow in different climatic zones and recycles carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere efficiently.

Hemp will be a material of the future, not only for the textile industry but also for modern ecological materials used for various applications.

The Billion Dollar Crop?

Construction materials, insulation, human and animal food, soft cosmetics, medicine, source of bio-polymers and “fine chemicals”. Hemp has enormous potential for economic development. In 1938, ‘Popular Mechanics’ magazine talked about hemp as the “new billion dollar crop”. The article was published within months of a country-wide ban on hemp which has lasted to recent years.

Hemp: The Future Of Textiles?

Nearly 40 percent of the world’s agricultural land is at a level of serious degradation, according to scientists at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). This undermines the production capacity both right now and also in the future. This has a massive impact on both the quality of the surrounding environment as well as the potential income, and can take a number of forms. These include nutrient depletion in the soil, pollution via the agro-chemicals used, and soil erosion.

Global demand for clothing made with both health and environmental impact in mind has is increasing, meaning eco-friendly materials will play a big part in this industry from now on.

Will Hemp Overtake Cotton?

Because of hemps clear benefits, it is highly likely hemp will end up overtaking cotton and other fabrics in many areas of production. In the past, hemp fibre’s coarseness restricted itself from being used in apparel and in the home, without it being softened. Traditional methods to soften vegetable fibres used acids to remove a type of natural glue found in many plant fibres called lignin. While this method worked well with other materials, it weakened the fibres of hemp and left them too fragile for use in anything other than industry.

In the mid 1980’s, Chinese researchers developed a process to successfully remove lignin from the hemp fibre using enzymes without compromising its strength. For the first time in history, hemp fibre could be spun alone or with other fibres to produce textiles for apparel. This technological breakthrough was a watershed moment in the development of hemp being used in the textile industry.

Today, hemp is permitted to be cultivated in abundance all over Europe. However, China is still the largest and the best supplier of hemp yarn and textiles because the Chinese enzyme retting system is better than all of the others.

Industrial Facts

  • It is one of the oldest industries. The Chinese began cultivating and processing hemp nearly 10,000 years ago
  • Almost anything that can be produced from wood, cotton or oil can be produced with hemp.
  • There are more than 25,000 products currently made from hemp.
  • By treating the plant fibers, it is possible to produce an inexpensive, heat-resistant and practical construction material
  • Hemp plastic is biodegradable, synthetic plastic is not
  • Hemp possesses remarkable qualities defy competition. It grows without herbicides, revitalizes the soil, requires less water than cotton, ripens in three or four months and produces up to four times more paper than the trees for the same surface