HEMP is a clean, ecological, sustainable and renewable alternative to traditional plastic. This bioplastic material is actually stronger than plastic and completely degrades between 3 and 6 months, or 90 to 180 days. In addition, it can be recycled indefinitely. Producing, transporting and delivering hemp plastic is more cost-effective than relatively heavier traditional plastic.
Hemp-based plastics are five times stiffer and 3.5 times stronger than polypropylene, one of the most common types of plastic. This makes hemp unique from other manufacturing materials. Hemp plastic is made from cellulose that is derived from the stem of the hemp plant. This plant has a high cellulose content that is required for the manufacture of plastic. There are several different types of hemp plastic, including conventional plastics fortified with hemp fibers and 100% hemp plastic made entirely from the hemp plant.
Henry Ford first used plant-based materials to make vehicle components in the 1940s, and now many car manufacturers are considering using natural products instead of plastic and metal components. Even before the prohibition era in the early 20th century, the United States consumed approximately 3000 tons of hemp a year. Hemp plastic is currently used to make speaker systems, guitar picks, 3D printer filaments and thousands of other items. Meanwhile, biodegradable hemp plastic can save the environment from toxins when made with biodegradable polymers. As a result, hemp plastics are more durable and less likely to break, which also makes them safer. And unlike petrochemical plastics, hemp-based plastic manufacturing is environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
To produce the pure cellulose needed for polymerized hemp plastic, all non-cellulosic material must first be removed. The fact that hemp plastic is safer and stronger than fiberglass makes it an excellent replacement for construction components that are made of conventional plastic. The word canvas comes from the word cannabis because hemp was the most used material for canvas candles in the past. However, it may take many years before there is sufficient production capacity to circulate pure hemp plastic on a global scale. Currently, most hemp plastic on the market contains between just 5% and a maximum of up to 30% of hemp biomaterial. Hemp plastic offers numerous advantages over traditional plastics.
It is a natural, non-toxic biodegradable material that is created from the fibers of hemp plants. It is more cost-effective than traditional plastics due to its light weight and strength. It is also safer than fiberglass and can be recycled indefinitely. Finally, it can save the environment from toxins when made with biodegradable polymers.