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The Hemp Industry Can Slow Climate Change & Here’s How!

How Can Hemp Tackle Global Warming?

Hemp has been around for a long, long time! It has been used for pain relief and been documented back as far as the Egyptians in 2,000 BCE. It has even been rumoured George Washington, the first U.S. President grew this novel plant to make products such as sail canvas and rope. But how has the Hemp & CBD Industry help with climate change?

But how does this help with tackling climate change?

You might not realise, but a large portion of your clothes are made from a polyester cotton blend. Polyester is stripped into thin thread-like strands and used as a way to make t-shirts, jeans, shoes etc. These small fibres break down into micro-plastics when you wash your garments, and enter our fresh water systems and then wash out to sea. It is estimated 20% of fresh water is polluted by the garment industry.

What Are We Using Other Than Hemp?

At present, cotton is one of the most environmentally friendly choices to make clothes. It breaks down in the environment much quicker than plastics and doesn’t require oil to produce. That said, cotton requires huge amounts of resources to make. On average it takes 2,700 litres of water to make an average t-shirt.

Hemp, however, degrades as fast as cotton and doesn’t utilise plastics or oils to turn into fabrics. In comparison, it requires 918 litres of water to make a t-shirt.

“High production, less water, no chemicals. Hemp is this,” Rui Martins, the CEO of Inovafil. Inovafil is a textile company based in Portugal that produces yarn out of hemp for the fashion industry. He adds, ”It’s stronger. It feels and looks like linen, so we can use it for sure in the future in large quantities.” 

Hemp & CBD Industry

So why haven’t we jumped on the Hemp & CBD Industry bandwagon a long time a go?

Well, this super plant has a much darker cousin, and often the two are confused. To put it simply, they both originate from the same species but “hemp” is the term to classify varieties of cannabis that contains 0.3% or less THC content (by dry weight). Hemp is also produced from the stem of the plant as apposed to the leaves.

Another advantage from hemp over cotton is that cotton requires warm climates to grow in. In contrast, hemp does not have these limitations and can be grown widely across Asia and Europe.