What is hemp and is it environmentally friendly?

Hemp fabric is made from Cannabis Sativa fibre. It may come as a disappointment to some but no, we have not introduced a range of psychoactive promotional items!

Hemp was one of the first natural materials to be spun into usable fibre 50,000 years ago.

Hemp is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth, it’s possible to produce 5-10 tons of fibre pulp per acre in 4 months.

Hemp cultivation requires a relatively small amount of water (half as much as cotton), and there’s no need to use chemical pesticides or fertilizers. Hemp helps to suppress weeds and can be grown in different climates.

Hemp farming is also efficient. Hemp seeds are used to make oil and food supplements, with the stalks used for fibre. Industrially grown hemp plants absorb more carbon dioxide than trees.

Hemp can be refined into a variety of product types, including paper, rope, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, paint, insulation, biofuel, food, and animal feed.

Is hemp environmentally friendly?

Yes, it’s a flexible natural product that is grown throughout the world without harming the environment. Shipping hemp products over great distances isn’t environmentally friendly, although a ‘green shipping’ industry is beginning to emerge.

You can view our ‘hemp’ promotional items here https://rosslyn.co.uk/s/?search=hemp&submit=Find

Open and fair

Lots of products purport to be environmentally friendly. This post forms part of a series that attempts to provide an open and honest assessment of a material or product’s environmental credentials. If we’ve got something wrong, or you would like to see further points added, please contact jonathan.lee@rosslyn.co.uk


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