Why We Love Hemp is a project that is born to spread and to promote the benefits of the hemp in the human beings and in the environment. The more we have studied and researched the hemp plant, its characteristics and applications, the more aware we are of its ability to change the world.
1. One of the oldest and most versatile plants
Hemp is one of the oldest and most versatile plants known to mankind, and was probably the first non-food crop. Evidence shows that its use dates back to the Neolithic period, around 12,000 BC.
2. Substitute for oil
The use of hemp can replace oil in almost all its applications. It is used as a raw material in the manufacture of more than 50,000 products and is useful for a multitude of industrial applications. From hemp it can be obtained from biofuels to plastics, textile fibers, cellulose for the paper industry, materials for the construction of the aeronautical industry, etc.
3. Combat climate change
The cultivation of hemp is capable of generating a positive impact on the environment since it is one of the few crops capable of balancing the CO2 emissions emitted by humans. Through the process known as "carbon sequestration" the hemp plant traps CO2 from the atmosphere. This generates a negative carbon footprint in the environment because the amount of CO2 that the plant metabolizes in its growth stage is greater than that released in its harvest and processing. For each ton of hemp produced, 1.63 tons of CO2 are removed from the air.
4. Naturally efficient
To grow it, hemp needs 90% less water than cotton and produces 2.5 times more fibre. One hectare of hemp can produce the same amount of paper as four hectares of trees, and in addition, its paper can be recycled 7 to 8 times (3 times more than wood pulp paper).
5. No need for pesticides or herbicides
About 25% of the pesticides and herbicides produced worldwide are used in cotton cultivation. Due to this high need, cotton leaves the soil burnt. In contrast, hemp does not need pesticides or herbicides. It helps repair damaged agricultural soils by reversing the effects of compaction and erosion. In addition, hemp cultivation increases absorption and returns 60% of nutrients to the soil when dried in the field.
6. A prodigious fibre
It is considered the most resistant natural fibre in the world and is also incredibly resistant. From the appearance of the first civilizations it has been used to make canvases, ropes and even sails for boats. Hemp fabric has 95% UV protection, while most fabrics barely exceed 30%. Its fibre has anti-bacterial properties, very high resistance to mould and eliminates bad odours.