A biodegradable alternative
Hemp is a prolific growing plant, which makes it an highly efficient plant for sustainable plastics called as bioplastics . Bioplastics, are biodegradable, strong and lightweight and can replace oil based plastics.
Plastics made from hemp is non-toxic, biodegradable, resilient and can be used in many applications. There are even food and medical-grade hemp plastics being made.
Hemp grows relatively quickly and can be harvested after four months. hemp needs less water to grow than most other crops.
When it comes to the decomposition of hemp plastics versus traditional plastics, there’s no competition. It takes a plastic bottle roughly 450 years to decompose but hemp plastic can biodegrade within six months.
Hemp fibers are strong and can create fabric, paper and concrete. Even Henry Ford made car bodies out of hemp to prove hemps durability, and versatility. In 1942 citizens were legally required to cultivate hemp as part of war efforts.
Hemp made plastics can make anything from homes, cars, toys, electronics and cosmetics. Hemp is truly the material of the future, and if even hemp replaces just 10 percent of oil based plastics the positive impact on the environment would be sizable indeed.