Can Industrial Hemp Save the Planet?
Hemp: A Renewable Resource with Countless Use Cases
From hemp’s cost efficiency, to environmental benefits and myriad industrial applications, industrial hemp is the material of the future. The industrial uses for hemp are endless. You’d be forgiven for thinking the claims often made about hemp’s potential are too good to be true. But in this case, truth is stranger than fiction.
Uses for industrial hemp aren’t just endless: they are specifically suited for the problems facing humanity today, from climate change to resource scarcity. Read on to find out the uses for and benefits of industrial hemp cultivation.
Environmental Benefits of Industrial Hemp
There are no two ways about it: climate change is already one of the most brutal challenges that humanity has faced. The causes and effects of global warming are interlinked and messy. Hemp cultivation, however, addresses this complex system at key points.
From mitigating deforestation, to reducing the carbon footprint of a harvest, to literally sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the list of uses for industrial hemp is the only thing longer than a list of hemp’s environmental benefits.
For instance, the hemp plant is notoriously absorbent. The crop both enriches the microbial content of the soil it grows in, but also filters out and removes the toxins potentially polluting the land. Hemp is being used in Torento, Italy to clean the toxins from the site of a polluting steel mill built half a century ago. Hemp was even proposed as a way to clean the radiation from the ground in Fukushima, Japan.
This is through a process called “bioremediation,” or more specifically “phytoremediation.” Hemp, with its deep root structure, sucks heavy metals like cadmium from the soil.
Moreover, hemp is carbon negative. For everyone one ton of hemp produced, one hundred and sixty three tons of carbon dioxide are removed from the air. Moreover, due to the plant’s rapid growth, hemp can grow up to thirteen feet in a hundred days. This allows for a rapid onset of environmental benefits.
Lastly, industrial hemp is naturally pesticide resistant. Not only do industrial pesticides have a long and shaded history
Hemp For Industrial Use
So what can industrial hemp be used for? The modern uses for industrial hemp are endless. Hemp’s list of potential uses is literally astonishing. Hemp has the potential to replace a variety of the essential items and consumer goods that keep the world turning around. From the textiles in our t-shirts, to the fuel that runs our cars, hemp is an incredibly versatile potential building block for the products that will define the twenty-first century.
For example, hemp can be converted at a 97% efficiency rate into biofuel. Hemp derived biofuel is colloquially called “hempanol.” Why? Because a process called cellulolyisis converts the raw hemp material into usable ethanol, that is (currently) mixed at an 80/20 ratio with regular diesel. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, biofuel has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 86%.
Along with carbon-emissions, the abundance and toxicity of traditional single use plastics poses another massive environmental threat. Hemp can alleviate this situation, too.
Traditional plastic is made from synthetic cellulose derived from fossil fuels. We all know what a problem single-use plastics are: a standard bottle can take a thousand years to fully decompose. But hemp is naturally rich in cellulose.
Moreover, plastic derived from hemp is three-and-a-half times stronger and five times lighter than traditionally produced plastic. Any hemp plastic is additionally free of BPA-the harmful ingredient often found in traditional plastic.
Most importantly, hemp based plastic is fully biodegradable. We cannot overstate how important the conversion to hemp based plastic from petroleum plastic for the consumers of the future.
The anti-plastic movement is–conveniently for hemp–one of the strongest examples of a broadly embraced, informal consumer-choice movement. Single use plastic is no longer embraced. As consumers become more mindful of the impact of their consumption, they will increasingly turn to hemp-based plastics.
But hemp doesn’t stop at plastic. It can be turned into a unique, concrete-like substance as well.
Hempcrete–a building material that is essentially exactly what it sounds like–is completely mold resistant and incredibly durable. Hemp paper can be produced at a far more efficient rate than paper produced from trees…and solve the massive issues of deforestation, as well. The concrete industry is one of the world’s most environmentally destructive, said to be responsible for between 4-8% of the world’s carbon emissions.
Environmental progress, however, can be thwarted when the costs to entry are too high. Fortunately, that is not a problem in the world of hemp. It takes less than a thousand gallons of water to produce two point two pounds of hemp. It requires approximately five times that much water to produce the same amount of cotton.
One World Pharma And Industrial Hemp
One World Pharma (OTCQB: OWPC) is poised to begin exporting hemp products from our Popayan, Colombia growing operation to a variety of industries worldwide. Our team in Colombia has hectares of land prepped and a motivated and professionally expert workforce in place, providing an infrastructure to the indigenous tribes of Colombia.
OWP hemp products will be converted into a smorgasbord of world-changing products. Hemp is perfect for the technical textiles favored by athletes and outdoor enthusiasts due to its natural bacterial resistance and breathability. Plus, hemp fibers are four times as strong as cotton and won’t weaken when washed. And since textiles manufactured from industrial hemp are pesticide free and cause wearers less irritation.
OWP also plans to supply makers of superfoods with refined hemp products for added nutritional benefits. Rich in vitamins and amino acids, the hemp plant is not only a viable commercial food base, but a dietary staple capable of making a significant impact in the fight against world hunger.
One World Pharma (OTCQB: OWPC) will also produce vast quantities of hemp for industrial and building materials and hempcrete, with a long term vision to provide for hemp-driven biofuel industry, soon to be powering our future.
From food to energy, to building materials and medicine, One World Pharma Inc is producing the building blocks of a bold and sustainable new world.
To learn more about OWP and our initiatives, or to request an investor’s prospectus, view the One World Pharma OWPC Stock Investor Relations page. Or, just check out our website at oneworldpharma.com.