Can plastic from hemp save the earth?
No one has been able to avoid receiving the alarm reports on plastic garbage that threaten to destroy marine life on earth? Right now, a flurry of Texas-sized plastic waste (the US's second-largest state) is floating around the Pacific.
If we continue at this rate to produce plastic that has not been broken down in hundreds of years, the UN expects the weight of plastic waste in our oceans to be higher than the total weight of all fish around 2050!
Plastic of hemp
Could the answer to this problem be that instead, you start manufacturing degradable packaging of, for example, industrial hemp? Yes, at least if one is to believe one of the pioneers in hemp plastics manufacturing, Kevin Tubbs. He founded The Hemp Plastic Company in Denver, Colorado. The company uses residual products from processes that extract nutrients from hemp.
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They see it as their task to “shake up the plastic industry” with their degradable products.
“There will be a lot of residual products from the hemp,” says Tubbs. So I started experimenting. There are two things you can use it for. Either as so-called hempcrete, building material or to produce hemp plastics. Since he had worked with environmentally friendly packaging for 20 years, Tubbs knew we needed plastic, so the choice was pretty easy for him.
Plastic that comes from hemp is broken down after 3-6 months.
Hemp is a grateful crop for the growers. It grows in almost all kinds of soil and needs relatively little water. Few chemical additives or pesticides are required. The hemp is fast-growing and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which is then converted to cellulose. Cellulose is vital for the production of bioplastics.