Hemp is being called the wonder plant because there are so many incredible uses for it. These include food, shelter, medicine, clothing, fuel, paper and even cars!
10 Facts You Might Not Know About Hemp
1. Hemp can build houses.
Hemp can be mixed with limestone and water to create a building material called hempcrete. This amazing material is pest-resistant, fire-resistant, absorbs moisture and is a great insulator. Hempcrete is becoming more popular with people looking to build eco-friendly and energy efficient homes.
2. Hemp can grow in almost any climate.
Hemp is not picky. It can be grown in almost any climate and soil conditions.
3. Hemp fiber is the longest and the strongest.
Because hemp fibers are so long and strong, clothing made from hemp is super durable and lasts for years. When washed, hemp clothing does not lose its shape like other materials do.
4. Hemp does not require pesticides to grow.
Hemp is naturally pest and disease resistant so does not require harmful pesticides to grow.
5. Hemp can purify the soil.
The roots of the hemp plant grow long and deep. They absorb toxins from the soil and then store them in the stalks and leaves. They can even remove radiation from the ground. These long roots also prevent soil erosion.
6. Hemp can help climate change.
Hemp is extremely efficient at offsetting carbon emissions. It absorbs much more carbon per hectare than trees.
7. Hemp does not require much water.
The earth’s water sources are dwindling. Hemp is an especially important crop that can help preserve our precious water supplies. It requires half of the water that cotton needs to grow. Hemp also produces twice the amount of fiber that one acre of cotton produces. This makes hemp the obvious choice for making clothes!
8. Hemp makes great toilet paper.
Hemp toilet paper could help save our trees. One acre of hemp produces as much toilet paper as four acres of trees. And hemp can grow to maturity in 12-14 weeks whereas trees take years and years. Our usual brands of toilet paper biodegrade but hemp toilet paper breaks down much quicker. Oh ya, and it’s soft.
9. Hemp is a super-food.
Hemp seeds are highly nutritious. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and healthy fatty acids.
10. Bees love hemp.
Bees are attracted to hemp because it is a rich source of pollen. Growing hemp can help save the declining bee population. And without bees, our planet is in real trouble!
These are just a few of the many fun and interesting facts about hemp. Check out Effort’s Eco-Essentials Clothing for their full line of eco-friendly sustainable hemp clothing.
The Effort’s Eco-Essentials Team