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Different Uses for Hemp

hemp usesHemp is a versatile, eco-friendly plant with many uses.  Some of them you might be familiar with, others maybe not.   Interestingly enough, hemp was used throughout history for a lot of these uses.  It's used less often now, but who knows?  Maybe with its eco-friendliness, it will continue to make a comeback.  

Here are some things that can be used with hemp.

1.  Clothing

My favorite sweatshirt is made from hemp.  It's warm, durable, and pretty much awesome.  And hemp has been used in textiles for a very long time.  Samples of hemp fabric in China date back to 8000 BC!  Hemp is also gaining popularity as a material in eco-friendly shoe brands.  Hemp jewelry is another popular use of hemp.

2.  Food and Drink

I'm sure you've seen hemp in food in your local grocery stores over the last ten years or so, since it began gaining in popularity.  A whole hemp seed is about 25% protein and is also a good source of calcium, iron, and omega-3.  

3.   Plastic

Hemp plastics are made from the stalk of the hemp plant, not oil or seeds.  It can be used for bowls, instruments, CD cases, and more.  Even some automobiles use a small percentage of hemp!

4.  Paper

Hemp paper has been used throughout history, including in the Western Han Dynasty around 200 BC.  In the 1800s, the Saint Petersburg, Russia paper mill of Goznak used hemp as its main input material.  More recently, hemp is not used for commercial high-volume paper production because it has a pretty high production cost, but that could change in the future!

5.  Fuel

Biofuels, such as biodiesel, can be made from the oils in hemp seeds and stalks, or the fermentation of the whole hemp plant.  Right now, there's not a lot of hemp biofuel.  Most current biofuel is made from items like cereals, coconuts or cheap raw materials like garbage, wastewater, and kitchen waste.  

6.  Rope

Hemp rope was used for rope in sailing ships.  Hemp rope has since become a less popular material for ropes, but it was historically a common textile used for rope!  

7.  Home Insulation

Hemp is a great insulator, because it's fully biodegradable and safe to install.  (The pink fiberglass stuff is highly toxic!)  And because it's biodegradable, if you need to remodel or replace you can easily compost the hemp insulation.  

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