Hemp, one of the names of a cannabis sativa plant is not similar to marijuana as of the belief of most of the people. In fact, it is very much different. Industrial hemp is being produced for its numerous benefits. It is a natural fibre which is considered to be the strongest of all the natural fibres.
Due to the characteristics of the hemp, it can also be used as a material for making plastic. The plastics that we have in existence right now lack sustainability and have a significant negative impact on the environment, whereas hemp can be used to produce better quality, more sustainable plastics
When used as a raw material, hemp can be a good alternative to typical plastics. It is a bioplastic which can be made from industrial hemp. Although there are no options yet available for producing plastic from hemp completely, it can however be easily used as a component of producing compound plastics.
Let us have a look at some of the pros that hemp has over the typical kind of plastics that we use and what benefits we can have from that.
Biodegradable: One of the biggest problems of typical plastic is that it is not biodegradable. Probably the biggest producer of plastic waste comes from single-use plastics. These are the plastics that are used for an extremely small period and then thrown away. It results in the storage of plastics that are not biodegradable. So, we need something that is biodegradable or decomposes in a short period. Plastics made from hemp could be this alternative. Usually, it
takes around three to six months for plastics to decompose that are made from hemp. So, if hemp is used as a material for producing plastics then these can be decomposed or will decompose in a relatively short time. This will be beneficial for the environment land, sea and forests.
Versatility: One of the significant benefits of hemp is its versatility, it can be
turned into anything of any shape. Some greatly used products or components that are usually made from plastics can also be made from hemp. This includes
car parts, plastic toys and bottles most importantly.
Strength and weight: Hemp can produce stronger and more durable plastics. It is also lightweight which is a great advantage. So, more durable items can be used for a longer time and thus will reduce the need to be reproduced more often.
Recyclable: Recycling is very important for improving the economy and the environment. Hemp takes around six months to decompose, making it easier to recycle. Plastics cannot be recycled as efficiently as hemp plastic.
Reducing pollution: The most important benefit that hemp can bring is improving overall pollution. Fossil fuel is used for the plastics that we use on a daily basis. It contributes to climate change issues whereas the process of growing hemp increases the amount of oxygen in the environment.
As we can see. Hemp is a better alternative than plastic in the long run. So, we should consider using plastics from hemp.