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Hemp Plastic Innovation

in Hemp, hempt, innovation
by Custard X

The world is recognizing the benefits of Hemp and it’s about damn time! Eco-friendly innovation is the wave and its awareness is imperative for the sustainability of this cluster of rock we call earth.   

Global icon, LEGO boosts a 60-year empire that has seen itself in every home around the planet. The Danish toy company created a universal culture and is now, subsequently changing its production to move towards the super-fiber hemp. By 2030, the Danish toy company will only provide hemp-based blocks to the public, according to Plastic News.

“LEGO has served as the literal building block for generations of children’s toys. Using an oil-based plastic material known as ABS, it’s no surprise that LEGO has faced its fair share of environmental concerns.” (Rees, 2019) The toy company has been under stick for contributing to pollution due to a substance used to make their blocks. The polymer material won’t break down easily if discarded - this has proven to be a huge problem for the environment, namely for marine-life which often suffers as a result of plastic pollution.  Because of this, LEGO have committed to finding a replacement for their use of plastic and the answer is, the eco-friendly behemoth, hemp.

That’s right, the 19 billion bricks that are produced annually will be 100% green in the near future. “Hemp is in fact an ideal base material for the manufacture of plastic because of its high cellulose content, which varies between 70 and 80%, according to Hemp Plastic.” (Rees, 2019)

The green plastic industry is starting, an Australian based company named Zeoform has been working for the past decade on the advancement of biodegradable hemp technologies. Today, the brand has produced a new type of durable plastic made entirely from hemp. The material is a near-perfect substitute that can be used in countless products ranging from buttons, straws, home furniture and even frisbees. “The product derives from hemp cellulose fibers which has been converted into an industrial, highly malleable material. The material is non-toxic, biodegradable and can produce a commercial range of industrial grade materials.” (Rees, 2019)

There’s also a perfectly named US company called HempPlastic which has released a plastic-like substance that meets the FDA standards for food, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products. Companies are beginning to realize the efficiency of growing hemp, as well as the durability of the plant itself.

These are just a few examples of businesses/brands/enterprises that are doing their bit for mother nature – this forward-thinking needs to be exonerated and its message spread. The youth need to realize that it is within their best interest to get behind brands that put the environment first.

“It is essential that companies in each industry find ways to responsibly source their product materials and help ensure a future where people, nature, and the economy thrive.” Alix Grabowski, a senior program officer at WWF (World Wildlife Foundation).

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