Ever wondered what the deal is regarding the environmental benefits of hemp? Allow us to fill you in!
Picture this: one plant with a thousand different uses. From purifying the air to regenerating the soil, constructing buildings, and nourishing your body and skin… hemp is an all-in-one miracle plant.
The benefits of hemp in so far as it’s medicinal and therapeutic properties are concerned have long been known. It’s only recently, however, that hemp has been re-discovered as a plant with astounding eco benefits. Hemp has been farmed by humans since 8000 BCE, with previous generations valuing the plant for its renewability and variety of uses. Today, hemp stands out amongst natural resources because of its numerous environmental benefits and capabilities. In light of the current global environmental crisis, hemp leads the way as a multi-faceted plant with a wide variety of uses. There really is no better time to switch to hemp and help ensure a more sustainable future.
ONE PLANT, MANY USES
The highly nutritious plant is rich in a variety of minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins — and can be used for everything from rope, paper, and textiles, to food, clothing, plastics, biofuel, construction materials, skincare, and more. The seeds and fibres can be used to make concrete, plastic, rope, fuel and food while its natural compounds can be used for skincare, supplements, and more.
Known as a hardy and renewable crop, hemp has the miraculous ability to clean the atmosphere – it may even reverse the damage of C02 from global warming. Global warming comes from the abundance of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which hemp is proven to reduce, with each hemp plant consuming four times as much C02 as trees do. It has a short growing cycle of only four months, which means it can be planted, grown, harvested and crops rotated at a much higher rate than trees. More hemp growing = more carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere. It’s a hardy plant, whose cultivation does not need any particular climate or soil which means it can be grown all over the world. It can be utilised worldwide by communities as an alternative, more efficient energy source that can reverse and slow down climate change.
Unlike most crops, hemp actually leaves the soil in better condition than when it was planted. Improper farming practices tend to strip the land of its nutrients, but hemp is able to restore nutrients to the ground, leaving the soil enriched for the next crop. Hemp grows densely and vigorously and is able to clean up the environment by absorbing heavy metals in the soil and removing radioactive chemicals and toxins. The plant also grows free of weeds and the same soil can be used to grow the plant for years without losing its high soil quality.
Hemp needs very little water to grow and allows for water conservation rather than immense consumption. For example, a crop like cotton needs considerable water to grow to its fullest potential while hemp needs very little – making it an ultra sustainable crop, especially in our dry climate.
One of the key benefits of hemp is that it’s (miraculously!) naturally resistant to pests, so doesn’t require herbicides or pesticides. Herbicides and pesticides are extremely harmful to the natural environment and contaminate the soil, water, and air – reducing biodiversity and resulting illnesses. The largest industrial crops such as cotton and soybeans require the use of intensive pesticides which have a drastic environmental impact. Replacing these crops with hemp would eliminate pesticide usage. Hemp can also grow in different seasons and even on unproductive land.
Hemp reigns as an environmentally friendly choice in skincare and cosmetics. The possibilities are endless when using the hemp plant. Hemp products are full of nutrients and can be recycled, reused & are 100% biodegradable. Switching to hemp products can slow and potentially reverse the impact of climate change. Choose hemp and support a more sustainable future while also giving your body and skin the nutrients it deserves.