5 Ways Cannabis Can Help Save Our Planet
#5 Cannabis Makes for a Stronger Fiber
Hemp plants have been used to make textiles and paper for hundreds of years. It is one of the strongest and durable from all of the natural textile fibers. It doesn’t deplete soil nutrition like other textile plants. It has the potential to produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax with the same amount of land.
#4 Hemp Plastic
Plastic is a huge problem for both on land and in the ocean. It’s non-biodegradable and leaks chemicals into the environment. Hemp can be used as an alternative to plastic because of it’s high percentage of cellulose. It would be able to break down in the environment and decompose.
#3 Hemp Helps Clean Soil
Agriculture runoff such as fertilizers, livestock waste, and other pollutants are a huge threat to the planet. Hemp absorbs environmental chemicals and toxins through its roots and binds it up in the stalk and leaves. Hemp has been proven to absorb contaminants that are leaked into waterways.
#2 Biofuel Made from Cannabis
People are looking for alternatives to fuel because of the huge threat that fossil fuels and fracking pose to our planet. Not only does oil hurt our environment but it also impacts the politics of states and causes wars. Hemp has oils that can be extracted. Hemp seeds have high concentrations of oil as well so it can be processed into sustainable diesel fuel.
#1 Using Hemp as Building Materials
Concrete and other building materials pollute our air and land. It adds to the non-biodegradable waste. These things add to the high carbon dioxide traces in our air, which contributes to climate change. Hemp stalk or pulp can be made into an alternative to concrete. Not only is it sustainable but it actually reduces carbon dioxide in our air. So building with hemp would essentially create a negative carbon footprint.