How Does Hemp Benefit The Environment?
Hemp benefits the environment in many different ways. Let’s explore the different benefits of growing and producing hemp.
With hemp now legal to grow in all 50 states in the USA, we will start seeing more and more of the benefits of producing hemp crops. Due to the limited supply of hemp in the past, we haven’t seen the bigger impacts that the hemp crop provides. We at Perfect Plant Hemp Co are excited to be a part of an industry that will have a positive impact on world. Let’s explore some of the benefits hemp has on our world.
Hemp is 100% biodegradable.
Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. Many proponents of hemp claim that it can help reduce global warming because it takes out large amounts of carbon dioxide per acre, more than most plants. In fact, for every tonne of hemp produced, 1.63 tonnes of carbon is removed from the air. This is especially true if the end products are locked up permanently in applications like building materials as opposed to recycling the carbon by applications such as compost.
Hemp can create many different products.
Hemp plants can be made into a wide variety of products such as fabric, canvas, clothing, paper, plastic, building materials, food products, medical products, and more. Hemp can be used to make over 25,000 products! With so many uses of the hemp plant, nothing goes to waste.
Hemp Regenerates the soil.
The hemp plant’s stem and leaves are jam-packed with nutrients. As the plant matures and the seed grows, leaf matter falls to the ground and decomposes which replenishes the soil with nutrients for the next crop. After harvesting, the remnants of the hemp plant can be returned to the soil to make for a richer yield the following year, making another influential environmental benefit for hemp.
More fabric/fiber per acre & annually HARVESTED.
An acre of land will produce 2 to 3 times as much fiber as cotton, about 1,000 Ibs. of fiber per acre. This means we can produce 2 to 3 times more products while using the same amount of land as we did with cotton. Also, by growing hemp for creating paper products, we can harvest yearly vs the 10-200 years required to grow a mature tree. An acre of hemp will produce as much pulp for paper as 4,1 acres of trees over a 20 year period.
Requires less to little to no pesticides.
Hemp is very economical crop to grow since it requires virtually no pesticide applications. This also means the impact on the environment is substantially lower than growing cotton and other crops.
Potential of replacing or reducing fossil fuel use.
Hemp oil can be processed into a type of biodiesel that could be burned for electricity generation or to power motor vehicles with a diesel engine. While still in the early stages of development, as this alternative fuel technology matures, it could help us move away from their reliance fossil fuels.