How Hemp is Creating a More Sustainable Economy
Hemp is Changing the Way We Think About Going Green
It’s Earth day! The day that we take to celebrate the planet, the globe, the third rock from the sun, the place where every one of us lives! As we discover more and more about how much impact we truly have on this place we call home, it becomes more and more obvious that all our decisions surrounding manufacturing needs to be considered in order to sustain a healthy future. 1PURE CBD is taking part in creating that future for people and the planet!
The Start of Hemp Cultivation and Processing
1Pure CBD only uses organically grown hemp in its products, which means no pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals introduced into the environment. But let’s back up a little bit, actually let’s back up a few thousand years! Originating in Central Asia, hemp was cultivated for fiber as early as 2800 BCE. As hemp gained popularity across Asia for its unique properties when creating pottery, food, and medical treatments, the plant began to spread across the Mediterranean, South America, and eventually North America during the 1600s.
American-Grown Hemp and Its Challenges
During this time, hemp being grown in the United States was exported to England, where it was used for a variety of products including clothing, shoes, maps, and books. After the United States gained its independence from England's rule, hemp still had a major stronghold within the country. Hemp was being used to create products that were useful to the American military and was a valuable resource in the beginning of large-scale manufacturing within paper mills.
The popularity of hemp continued to grow into the 19th and early 20th centuries, with innovations being created to help revolutionize and increase efficiency in the harvesting and manufacturing processes. However, the U.S. government began to criminalize all cannabis, due to hemp's biological similarities to marijuana and insufficient information about the properties of hemp to the general public. With laws being passed to hinder domestic farmers, the spread of false information to the general public, and the rise of synthetic fibers for production, the demand for hemp dwindled. As several decades passed, hemp saw a resurrection during WWII, but it quickly ended, and farmers again faced difficulties.
The Future of Hemp-Based Manufacturing
Today, hemp is legal to grow and use in the United States under federal law. The 2018 Farm Bill made it possible for farmers to cultivate, process, and sell hemp commercially. With increasing demand from consumers for more sustainable options during manufacturing, hemp is again being used to create a wide variety of products that have a lower carbon footprint then their synthetic material counterparts.
Making the switch from petroleum-based products (polymers) to a naturally, derived plant could make all the difference when it comes to the future of Earth. Polymers can take between 500 to 1,000 years to decompose and the Plastic Pollution Coalition estimated that, "Americans alone discard more than 30 million tons of plastic a year; only 8 percent of it gets recycled. The rest ends up in landfills or becomes 'litter', and a small portion is incinerated.” With the amount of waste being produced every year and damage being caused by non-biodegradable polymers, hemp and its sustainable counterparts are being actively used in the creation of new products.
The 1PURE CBD Sustainability Guarantee
With these statistics in mind, consumers are urging companies to make the switch to more green initiatives that can benefit and greatly reduce their impact on the Earth. 1PURE CBD plans to help reduce that yearly number of polymer-plastics by using parts of the hemp plant in new and innovative ways. Once the medicinal oils have been extracted from the plant to create our 99.8%* pure CBD products, the fibers from the stocks can be used for textiles; and the cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and starches can be used to produce bioplastics. The use of these bioplastics instead of polymer plastics can greatly reduce the pollution that the Earth encounters over time. Bioplastics are also able to biodegrade back into its natural elements.
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