Although many companies around the world are well into hemp-based plastic production, the United States is only now getting into the game. It was only since the passing of Farm Bill (Section 7606), in 2014, which allowed for real innovative leaps in hemp production in the United States.
Hemp plastic is increasingly becoming a viable option as an eco-friendly alternative to carbon-based plastic. Not only is this bio-plastic sourced from safe and sustainable hemp plants, but it is also typically both biodegradable and recyclable
JESSICA MCKEILJessica McKeil is a freelance writer focused on the medical marijuana industry, from production methods to medicinal applications. She personally found relief through cannabis for the treatment of her panic and anxiety disorder.
The problem of the world’s plastic obsession is that it’s never-ending. In 2017, the global plastic consumption reached new peaks, with an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic ending up in the oceans on an annual basis, including some 102.1 billion plastic bags from America alone. Despite the push to reduce, reuse, and recycle, the global thirst for all things plastic is unquenchable.
The need to develop biodegradable, compostable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is pressing. With today’s consumption…
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Some light at the end of the tunnel.
For sure, Rosaliene. It’s really sad to think that Henry Ford built an autobody out of hemp fiber in in the late forties that was practically indestructable: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/02/25/henry-ford-hemp-plastic-car-stronger/
His ideas were buried by the plastics and chemical lobby.
Sounds like a way forward. I’m tired of separating plastics for recycling. 🙂
I’m the exact opposite, JoAnn. I frequently volunteer to recycle waste at Womad and other local festivals.
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