Industrial Products (iHemp) 

More Earth-Friendly Products Than You Can Shake A Stalk At!


It's been said that there's some 25,000 products made from hemp fiber. That's a lot of products! This old photo from post prohibition hemp farming in the Southern States demonstrates how much fiber a crop of hemp can produce, approximately 5 tonnes per acre, which is 4Xs the biomass per acre of tree fiber on forest land. 

The bast (long, strong outer fiber) and hurd (the spongy inner core fiber) are the raw materials for processing many common household products, products that are long lasting, compostable and processed without petrochemicals. Products that are made from raw hemp grown organically or conventionally with a minimum of chemical inputs.

Hemp plants absorb a ridicules amount of carbon to make up all that biomass. That carbon is then stored for as long as the product lasts before it is returned to the soil by naturally biodegrading. Short use or single use products like paper are considered carbon neutral while long term products like hemp create or hemp building blocks are carbon negative, meaning they remove and store carbon. How much carbon you ask???

These figures from HempTech Global report:

  • 1 acre of Industrial Hemp absorbs ~40,000lbs (~2 metric tons) of C02 in only 3-4 months of growing.
  • Industrial Hemp Takes 3 months to mature vs trees taking 20-80 years !!! 
  • 1 acre of Hemp fiber equals 6-10 acres of trees.
  • 1 x 2,500 sqft house (average new build size today) will lock-up ~6,250lbs (~3 metric tons) of C02 and then continue to sequester another 6-7,000lbs (~3 metric tons) until the lime literally turns the house to stone.
  • America builds more than 1.3 MILLION new homes annually.
  • IF all the new homes built in USA next year were insulated with Hemp THEN we would absorb/lock-up ~6.5 BILLION pounds (~3 BILLION TONS) of Co2 (Carbon Dioxide) AND sequester another 6.5 BILLION pounds from the atmosphere !!!!!!!!
  • Growing Hemp will also reduce deforestation, thus rebuilding our eco-systems.

The more Hemp products there is the more carbon is sequestered in Hemp fiber products. This could make a valuable contribution to the fight against climate change. Based on these figures, one might ask: Why are governments not taking this super simple and completely natural form of carbon sequestration and running with it??? 

While hemp textiles, clothing, rope and paper, are the most noted hemp products there's an endless number of products either made from hemp, or that could be made from hemp bast and hurd fiber. Hemp products benefit people and the planet because they are safe and non-toxic. They can be used to replace many of the plastic, petrochemical and wood fiber products that are causing environmental pollution and climate crisis. 

CrossSectionStock-Cannabis_Sativa_QuerscAt HempNetMarket we believe that Hemp fiber products are part of the green sustainable solution. But it can only be successful if:

  • people demand truly organic earth-friendly products,
  • that last a long time,
  • that are produced locally for local consumption,
  • that are part of a Circular Bio-Economy where there is no waste and no garbage for landfills.

A sustainable future requires that all our commonly used products are truly recyclable and compostable, and are part of a green renewable, circular economy.

A bio-economy is both attainable and completely necessary, but requires a transition and restructuring of the manufacturing sector to using hemp fiber as the main manufacturing feed stock, not plastic. Hemp can replace many commonly used plastic products.....it was only 80years ago that plastic replaced hemp.....now we need to reverse the program.   

Unlike plastic, hemp feedstock is produced locally by farmers, and is processed locally as well, so a hemp bio-economy is a local economy, not a global economy. Primary processing of raw hemp fiber must be done locally due to the vast bulk and weight of hemp stalks. Secondary processing can also be done locally which leaves only terciary processing to be shipped. 

Since hemp is an agricultural raw material, and it is not cost effective to ship hemp stalks, it requires primary production at or near where it grows. This adds important business opportunities in rural communities and will have a positive impact on the local economy. 

Is hemp a fiber source to provide the feed stock for a Green Economy? Well it seems like the perfect solution is staring us in the face, but it will take people demanding a safe, eco-friendly solution to move the program forward!

Hemp Bast: Longest - Strongest - Lightest - Natural Fiber:

Hemp's bast fiber processors make textiles, clothing, paper, diapers, hand bags, sneakers, fine fabrics, insulation, growth medium, bio-fiberglass, fiber board panels etc.  

Hemp Hurd: Super Absorbent Natural Fiber

The interior pulp of the Hemp plant is called hurd and it is super absorbent (including moisture and sound) and has a high insulation R value. It is made into acoustic ceiling tiles, insulation, horticultural germinating mats, added to cinder blocks, and mixed with lime to make hempcrete (a type of no cement concrete that breaths moisture), made into building blocks......and much much more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can hemp fiber be used to replace plastic!

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