Hemp has some impressive environmental credentials. It grows faster than most weeds, negating the need for herbicides and it is fairly pest resistant. Two crops can be grown per season. It is an excellent crop for carbon sequestration, and it can be used to make a strong and pest-resistant building material called hempcrete that continues to absorb carbon dioxide as it cures.
We need urgent measures to stop plastic pollution. Our lives and future depend on it. Bio-plastic materials offer significant advantages for the environment. As they are not made from fossil fuels, they do not produce carbon dioxide when decomposed. In addition, most of them are biodegradable. Everything indicates that they could be an especially important part of solving the climate crisis. Hemp is increasingly being recognised as having tremendous potential in our natural ‘toolbox’ of promising crops for bioplastics.
- Plastic waste chokes the planet. Petrochemicals are found in a wide array of household items, from plastic wrap and rubbish bags to plastic bottles. Hemp based plastics decompose in months rather than decades.
- Bio futures is one of the opportunities that will support future economic development, open the door to new investment and grow employment in regional areas.
- Bio products offer a renewable and environmentally beneficial alternative to existing conventional chemical and fossil fuel refining processes.
- Transitioning to biofuel power stations would lower emissions and create a carbon neutral cycle and thus reduced greenhouse gasses.
- Responsible mining would be encouraged for export. Reducing our own dependence on mining will protect our water tables from contamination.