Yea we know, Hemp is the same thing as marijuana, but did you know that this little plant has many just as important, if not more important uses than its ability to produce those funny smelling cigarettes? In fact, hemp has somewhere close to 30,000 uses since it combines the utility of the soybean, the cotton plant, and Douglas Fir Tree into one leafy package. So the next time you and a couple of buds are casually discussing hemp, visit SlickWear’s Blog and follow our series on the unique uses of hemp. Learn about the other buzz hemp is creating.
- Slick Hemp Fabrics: Hemp Fabrics have been around for a long time. The plant grows well without herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides. Cotton on the other hand uses almost half of the agricultural chemicals available for American crops. Additionally Hemp fibers are longer, stronger, more absorbent, and more mold resistant than cotton. Hemp is also a better insulator than cotton. This makes sure that you stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Hemp is also more effective than cotton at blocking the sun’s harmful rays. This is because hemp fibers are more absorbent to dyes than cotton fibers. Hemp is also less prone to fading like cotton; hemp can be made into a variety of fabrics from linen, to silk. Hemp also has a deep root system that prevents soil erosion and soil depletion.
2. Biomass, and Alternative fuels: Hemp is one of the highest yielding fiber crops in the world. This means that Hemp produces more biomass per acre than almost any other crop. What does this mean? Hydrocarbons from hemp can be used as a low polluting alternative to fossil fuels. Hemps versatility makes it an ideal plant to producing fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol.
3. Paper and paper products: Hemp paper is the highest quality paper available. Hemp resists decomposition, and does not yellow as it ages. This is the main reason that hemp paper is used in Europe for bibles. Samples of hemp paper have been dated to over 1500 years old.
Over a period of 20 years, one hectare of hemp produces the same amount of paper as 4 hectares of forest. Tropical rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate, and paper products are a major reason for this. Hemp paper can be recycled many more times than wood-based paper, its natural texture eliminates the need for chlorine bleach.
Written by: Yash Raval (SlickWear Founder)