Environmental Advantages

Hemp Resources

Environmental Advantages

Farming hemp is done in a very eco friendly way since there are little to no pesticides used to farm, uses very little water to grow and is a readily renewable resource. Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop, producing more fiber yield per acre than any other source. Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land. The amount of land needed for obtaining equal yields of fiber place hemp at an advantage over other fibers.

Hemp grows best in warm tropical zones or in moderately cool, temperate climates, such as the United States. Hemp leaves the soil in excellent condition for any succeeding crop, especially when weeds may otherwise be troublesome. Where the ground permits, hemp's strong roots descend for three feet or more. The roots anchor and protect the soil from runoff, building and preserving topsoil and subsoil structures similar to those of forests.

Moreover, hemp does not exhaust the soil. Hemp plants shed their leaves all through the growing season, adding rich organic matter to the topsoil and helping it retain moisture. Farmers have reported excellent hemp growth on land that had been cultivated steadily for nearly 100 years.

According to a North American Industrial Hemp Council study, the environmental benefits of industrial hemp include

Decreased reliance on fossil fuels

Less atmospheric build-up of carbon dioxide

Forest conservation and the reduction of atmospheric pesticide pollution.

What Are People Saying?

BastCore’s connection to our broader fiber system will create opportunity for larger retailers looking to make inventive blends of hemp and Climate Beneficial Wool. They will also offer small fiber mills the potential to create farm yarns that combine the beauty of protein fibers and cellulose fibers all grown within the same region.

- A New Breed of Fiber Mill: BastCore Hemp Processing | Nov. 2017

 

Maddy Bartsch

Fibershed Reporter

“Hemp is a more sustainable, organic, and regenerative agricultural crop and most everything that you can make with cotton can be made with hemp, with way less impact on the Earth.” - Morris Beegle, co-founder, and president of WAFBA (We Are For Better Alternatives) told Forbes.com

Morris Beegle

Co-founder and President of WAFBA (We Are For Better Alternatives)
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