‘’When we choose to invest our thinking in systems that work with and not against nature, absolutely everything changes. The use of cannabis is so fascinatingly diverse in its application, it makes you question why this sustainable alternative has not taken the lead much sooner. In fact, the way it can be integrated so appropriately in a better functioning society continues to fuel our passionate drive.’’ – Herb Industries’ Vision
Living in times of rapid technological advancement, prioritized methods of functionality are not always in alignment with ecological care. If we wish to thrive as a civilization, recognizing the human species as an integral aspect of the natural environment can no longer be postponed. Moving towards more sustainable systems is now a matter of human priority.
With strong values of environmental awareness, Herb Industries’ Research & Development department is constantly onto new methods of harmonious adaptability. Acknowledging cannabis as a highly sustainable agricultural crop, we aim to utilize its efficient RAW material qualities as a leader within several concerning sectors.
Cannabis’ assets as a sustainable material:
- Next to bamboo, it is the fastest growing plant on the planet
- It does not require pesticides
- Little water is needed to grow
- Little space is needed for cultivation
- The species harmoniously gives back to the Earth by returning nutrients to the soil
- Cannabis is highly adaptable and pest-resistant
- One of the few species providing high yields of both oil and biomass within a reasonably short time frame
- Cannabis’ cultivation is not locationally restrictive; it thrives at most latitudes
- Cannabis can be used in crop rotations, replacing common crops without requiring newly acquired land
- Differing from perennial crops, no long term commitment is necessary
- Cannabis hurds agro by-products are lignocellulosic (possible ethanol conversion)
- Bioremediation (restoring land into agricultural fertility)
- Cannabis suppresses soil pathogens and contributes to healthier soil
- Cannabis increases yields of cereals by 10-20% as a preceding crop
‘’Hemp, or cannabis, can create almost anything you may do with corn, soy, or cotton, however with much less ecological impact. It can create plastic-like materials, fabrics, biofuel, wood, paper, rope, and clothing, while still being completely biodegradable. Hemp can even be made into is called hempcrete, a concrete-like building material that actually absorbs CO2, never shrinks nor cracks, and even gains strength over time. Luckily, we are finally catching up to this abundantly resourceful alternative. While growing and building, we are actually reducing emissions and participating in multiple ecologically beneficial innovations. ‘’
– Herb Industries’ Vision
How Cannabis’ Parts Are Used Environmentally
The stalks of the hemp plant are composed of an outer and inner layer. Externally, rope-resembling bast fibers are utilized for textile purposes, while the inner, woody layer is typically applied in fuel, building materials and animal bedding.
The Role Of Cannabis In Green Energy Solutions
The cannabis species is able to produce heat, electricity, biogas, bioethanol, and biodiesel.
Replacements for fossil fuels have become an urgent matter. With cannabis hurds offering lignocellulosic biomass compositions, ethanol production is possible. Up to date technologies are able to recover up to 96% of cannabis’ sugar content and successfully conduct conversions.
Though industrial scaling has not yet taken the lead, this resourceful availability will naturally place cannabis as a substitute for petrol in major fuel utilization. Once an implemented case, the environmental benefits observable are massive, not to consider the incredible economic and social issues that are positively addressed on a side track.
Hemp As Bioplastic
Hemp is one of the most efficient cellulose plant species, which is seen as an abundant resource within sustainable development sectors.
In terms of strength, its bioplastic solutions defeat common polypropylene with 3,5 times more power and considerably lighter weight. The composition is furthermore non-toxic and holds no attachment to fossil fuel extraction. In the absence of reutilization, hemp bioplastic decomposes six months after disposal.
While corn is currently the cheapest and most commonly used crop for bioplastic, hemp competitively requires half the amount of water for cultivation, absorbs carbon dioxide and matures at a much quicker pace. With regularization finally evolving on a global scale, cannabis is inevitably predicted as a major player within bioplastic solutions, gradually eliminating the problematic ecological disruption of synthetic plastics.
Hemp Textiles & Apparel
In natural accordance with its resourceful properties, hemp is one of the oldest fibres used in textile production. The species held strong popularity in the Middle Ages, but slowly faded from attention as cotton conquered the European market.
Anti drug legislations also posed complications. Accounting legalization is now notable in various countries, cannabis is re-emerging with even stronger value than earlier years predicted. Its versatility includes:
With unique and distinguishable qualities, hemp yarns and fabrics are outstandingly fitting for apparel applications. Its low insulation holds similarity to linen, supporting a fresh and cool feel for summer clothing. Being highly absorbent and breathable, hemp textiles also encourage regulation of microclimate between body and apparel, taking and releasing water quantities fairly quickly.
Along the line of benefits, hemp does not shrink and is noticeably resistant to pilling. Its clothing is three times stronger than cotton derivatives and may hold double or triple durability in comparative value. In an impressive manner, hemp fibers do not deteriorate even after a series of washing.
Nowadays, cannabis is even entering the textile industry with a totally modern approach, infusing CBD’s health properties into bedsheets, towels and activewear, promising benefits of performance and sleep improvement.
Cannabis Building Materials
Infrastructurally, the search for sustainable materials is a hugely debated topic. Next to bamboo, hemp stands as one of the quickest growing plants on the planet, defining itself as exceptionally redeeming in sustainable building and renovation solutions.
Unlike concrete, which is responsible for an average of 8% of annual carbon dioxide emissions, hempcrete sequesters CO2, participating in an ecologically beneficial provision. Composed of simple materials such as water, hemp and lime, the material is mold, pest, bacteria and even fire resistant. It is breathable, moisture absorbing and insulating, while still maintaining valuable qualities of gas permeability. Over time, hempcrete actually gains strength and never shrinks, meaning crack lines are never present within its walls.
Forming roofs, walls, insulating layers, and even load-bearing walls, hempcrete is also an optimal restorative material for historical buildings, replacing and repairing infill panels in timber frame structures and aesthetically improving unevenly constructed walls.
In comparison with traditional concrete, walls built with hemp’s simple mixture perform with 7 times more strength and 3 times more elasticity. This observable resistance is an effective solution for houses in earthquake-vulnerable areas.
According to studies conducted in Europe, hempcrete buildings have been estimated to hold a lifespan of 600-800 years, unlike any other known material. The long list of positive attributes assures hemp as the most sustainable, qualitative and effective building material available in the market.
Thoughpast illegalization resulted in high prices and barriers in its adoptive prominence, the legal cannabis status brings inevitable change to the matter. Our Research & Development department aims not only to optimize the use of cannabis within the field, but also conduct detailed research of comparative performance between plant types and species.
Our entrance to the market is well timed and influential. With a globally revolutionizing approach, Herb Industries leads the uprising methods of green energy development, addressing vital ecological issues and participating in the creation of more sustainable systems.