Hemp Plastics For Bottles, Bags, Boards and Buggies!

 

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hemp Plastics!

I Am NOT A Plastic Bottle!
From The Earth I Came, And Back To The Earth I Go!

  Recap: Industrial Hemp As Planetary Panacea

‘Panacea’ means a ‘cure all.’ This is not some marketing or ideological hype, this is real. For thousands of years, Human Beings have continuously improved their means of existence by using their creative minds to discover the Principles of Nature. Their understanding of these principles enabled them to develop tools and technology to meet their immediate and future needs. These included language, clothing, astronomy and calendars, hunting equipment, farming, means of transportation, and yes, the subject of this article, building materials for shelter from the elements.

As it so happens, for much of our history following the most recent Ice Age, including the material used to document some of this history, our friend the Hemp plant had been one of the most important resources we used to develop fabrics for clothing, for sails, for tents, for rugs, for rope and twine, for oil, as well as for paper. In fact, the words Cannabis and canopy have the same roots. The world had an abundance of Hemp plants.

Hopefully by now the reader has become familiar with some of the very long-standing historic uses by human society, over thousands of years, of the mighty Hemp Plant- ropes, textiles for clothing, tent canopies and sails, oil, cereal grain, paper and painting canvasses, etc.

The previous two posts here at Return Of Hemp discussed some very advanced applications for Industrial Hemp, namely for the possible replacement of graphene as a nano material (suitable for super capacitors), a real game changer where the electric car batteries are concerned, and for building construction materials, replacing wood, plaster, gyprock, plumbing pipes and cement.

This article will discuss an absolutely amazing application, which could be the knock out blow to the current paradigm of petroleum, petrochemical products such as plastic, and the whole socio-economic domination of the planet by the oil and energy cartels, and their push for resource wars and depopulation.

This absolutely amazing application is HEMP PLASTICS.

Let us look at several case studies to see some historic precedents for Hemp Plastics, and the related science and innovation driven manufacturing economy.

Case Study: The American Revolution

 

The Laws of Nature, and Of Nature’s God…
Ben Franklin: The Modern Prometheus Who Made Good Use of Hemp Paper

Manufacturing Republic vs Agrarian Colony

You Can Pay Your Taxes In Hemp!
Hemp Gin

The issue was the right of the English Colonies to manufacture, control their own credit and currency, invoking The Laws of Nature, and Of Nature’s God- the same Laws which gave us Hemp! It is not a coincidence that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were Hemp Farmers. Upon founding the early American Republic, the push was on to develop credit policies to foster domestic manufacturing, and expand Hemp production. Taxes were payable in bushels of Hemp!

Case Study: Henry Ford and Hemp Plastics

If Benjamin Franklin was The American Prometheus, then Henry Ford was The American Vulcan. After successfully overhauling the US automobile industry by introducing the automated assembly line and mass production, Henry Ford continued reconsidering manufacturing materials. He was reportedly not only personally contemptuous of the financial and banking aristocracy (what FDR called The Economic Royalists– see next case study…), and was most probably very cognizant of the necessity to develop more natural resources (he was raised on a farm, after all). Henry Ford designed, developed and produced an automobile made largely out of Hemp Plastic, and powered by Hemp oil bio-diesel fuel! The car bodies were ten times stronger than steel. Unfortunately, the Economic Royalists had too much momentum and power, and so the Hemp mobile was not developed on a mass scale.

 

 

Case Study: Hemp For Victory

Just as FDR was able to temporarily disrupt the Economic Royalists paradigm to vector massive amounts of credit and resources to crank up the manufacturing economy to build a war machine to defeat fascism, so too was there a temporary call to revive the production of Industrial Hemp for the war effort (ropes, sails, tent canopies, oil…), after it had been suppressed during the previous decade. (see the US War Department video in left column, now unavailable at the Library Of Congress!). The shock of Pearl Harbor, and the realization of going to war, meant that the USA’s survival absolutely depended on two vital things: A heavy industrial manufacturing capability, and Industrial Hemp!

Case Study: Hemp Plastics and Manufacturing For Victory Today!

The key thing to keep in mind, is that all hemp products are bio-degradable! Most of the pollution and trash is from oil, and petrochemical products like plastic. Also, by massively increasing the production of industrial hemp, we are radically improving the health of the land, as one of hemp’s properties is the mineral replenishment of the soil.

There are some wonderful new companies appearing on the scene, which are working very hard to introduce products made from Hemp Plastics. Many of these are daily consumer items: Hemp plastic bags, hemp plastic water bottles, hemp plastic cell phone cases. Some are recreational: Hemp plastic surf and skateboards. Others are of a more heavy industrial character: Automobile parts.

Here are some of the companies:

Hemp Plastics UK

Hemp Plastics – Cannopy Corporation

USA Hemp Plastics

Grow Hemp Colorado

BioComposites Group (BCG)

BioBag Canada Inc.

Titan BioPlastics Canada

Planet-wide Promethean Producers: The New Hemp Order

 

 

To enter a new, healthier paradigm, we need to not only put aside the policies and habits associated with the transnational imperial corporate and banking interests, their wars for resources and depopulation (The ‘Right’), but also the related prejudices against growth, science and technology (The ‘Left’).

We need Hemp Homes (Hempcrete foundations, Hempcrete Blocks, Hemp plaster, Hemp ‘wood’ frames, Hemp roofing, Hemp plastic plumbing).

We need Hemp Cereal, Hemp work clothes, drive to work in electric Hemp mobile (powered by superconducting batteries from Hemp nanomaterials), Hemp grocery bags, during Summer vacations- Hemp boat, Hemp surfboard

Hemp Hospitals (CBD)

Hemp farms- to provide Hemp, to replenish the soil, save trees.

In conclusion, there is no reason to fight genocidal wars over natural resources, or to believe in scarcity (‘scare city’), or to believe that Russia, China, Islam or anything else threatens us.

Given the growing realization that we are in a deep, deep crisis of ecological and human economic breakdown caused by this failed, un-natural, inhuman paradigm, and given the revival of Hemp cultivation (Canada 1998, USA 2014) added to the long surviving hemp farming activities across Eurasia, one can envision a new era of cooperation between nations, with shared knowledge, science, industry and the Return Of Hemp.

Back in Sync with The Laws of Nature, and Of Nature’s God

 

Hemp Building Materials: Biodegradable Bricks, Boards and Bonding

Hemp Rope

 

Hemp Sails, Hemp Rigging, Hemp Oil

 

 

 

 

Recap: Industrial Hemp As Planetary Panacea

‘Panacea’ means a ‘cure all.’ This is not some marketing or ideological hype, this is real. For thousands of years, Human Beings have continuously improved their means of existence by using their creative minds to discover the Principles of Nature. Their understanding of these principles enabled them to develop tools and technology to meet their immediate and future needs. These included language, clothing, astronomy and calendars, hunting equipment, farming, means of transportation, and yes, the subject of this article, building materials for shelter from the elements.

As it so happens, for much of our history following the most recent Ice Age, including the material used to document some of this history, our friend the Hemp plant had been one of the most important resources we used to develop fabrics for clothing, for sails, for tents, for rugs, for rope and twine, for oil, as well as for paper. In fact, the words Cannabis and canopy have the same roots. The world had an abundance of Hemp plants.

American Revolutionary Hemp Farmers and Builders Then

 

The period of history following the successful American Revolution, led by Hemp farmers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, and inspired by Benjamin Franklin (who made good use of Hemp paper for his successful printing press business) was characterized by rapid growth of the science driven, modern productive model of national economy. There was an abundance of industrial plants, one could say. Yes of course there was the ancient relic of chattel slavery, but this was intended to be phased out.

American-style Revolutionary Hemp Farmers and Hemp Builders Now

    

 

Presumably, the Reader was brought here by a search for eco-friendly, sustainable, efficient, natural and interesting solutions to our modern challenges, based on Industrial Hemp, and Hemp-based products.

Today, thanks to the World Wide Web, we have access to well researched informational and commercial websites, dedicated to the same thing as this one- reviving Industrial Hemp.

Twentieth Century: The Empire Strikes Back

 

If one asks the question: ‘If Hemp is so wonderful, what’s the problem?’ then one can easily research some history on the question, which vast history is beyond the scope of this short article. Suffice it to say, that the ‘economic’ interests behind the oil, plastics, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper industries, might offer some clue, as to what the problem is. One landmark document is the book by Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. (Google yourself a free downloadable pdf copy!)

Fortunately, much of Eurasia never totally banned the cultivation of Hemp. Canada permitted farmers to grow Hemp in 1998. In the US, this happened in 2014.

For now, much of the Hemp economy here seems to be centered around Hemp seed and Hemp seed oil production, and some textiles.

Dawn of A New Hemp Order

As of 2018, the three economic sectors of the Hemp Economy which may be the most powerful catalysts for ushering in a ‘New Hemp Order’ are in the development of Hemp nano materials, Hemp ‘plastics’ and Hemp building materials.

One of the more striking Hemp statistics, is on the question of pulp, paper and lumber: One acre of Hemp crop yields per annum (or more, depending on which part of the globe you look) will produce as much structural fiber as FOUR ACRES OF TREES, WHICH TAKE UP TO TWENTY YEARS TO MATURE!

Hempcrete

 

The House That Hemp Built
If you liked Lego, You’ll Love Hempcrete Blocks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are now thankfully a growing number of companies and associations dedicated to building homes from a wonderful new Hemp based material- Hempcrete, rather  building with lumber, concrete and fiberglass (another ‘touchy’ subject).

Some of these companies include Just Bio Fiber (see their intro video here), Hempcrete, Hemp Works, Hempbuilding, Global Hemp Group, Tiny Hemp Houses, the IHBA, UK Hempcrete, The Hemp Builder, and Hemp Masonry in Australia, among many others.

The more Industrial Hemp we grow worldwide, the fewer trees we’ll have to chop down for wood and paper. The more Industrial Hemp we grow, the healthier will our soil and atmosphere be, since the mighty Hemp plant not only sucks in C02, but also replenishes the soil.

Hempcrete is made by combining Hemp hurds (see photo) with lime, and generally molded into blocks, sort of like giant Lego blocks! The same Hemp hurds are also used for making Hemp particle boards, and insulation.

Hemp Particle Board

Among the wonderful qualities of Hempcrete are:

  • It has a very high insulation value
  • Very fire resistant
  • Easily handled, as the material is less dense than cement blocks
  • Makes breathable and non-toxic walls that are moisture and air permeable
  • Less brittle than cement, which adds extra resiliency to earthquakes
  • Can last over 100 years
  • Insect and mold resistant
  • Hempcrete blocks can easily be cut with hand tools directly in the field
  • The blocks’ interlocking design make for easy, flexible and rapid installation

GEORGE WASHINGTON picked up guns and an army to defeat the Empire then, but we can make a present day change using the web, networking, etc. If you are only interested in knowing more about Industrial Hemp, that’s OK. If you are seriously considering investing in building a home, storage shed or simple experimental cabin with Hemp materials, that’s fine too. You can take a look at some of the companies listed above and see what they offer. However, if you are blown away by the socio-economic and political implications of what we can do with Hemp, then understand the importance of the passing references to Hemp in early America, as something so vital and beneficial as Hemp can only be successfully re-introduced if our collective desire overpowers the present arrangement. ‘Successful’ here means to replace the predominance of petroleum, pulp and paper, fiberglass and plastics, with Industrial Hemp.

It means replacing economic cannibalism with Cannabis.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Continue to study the history and benefits of Industrial Hemp, begin to gradually integrate Hemp products (more articles and links to follow in subsequent posts…), even if they cost a bit more (the way PC’s, laptops, cell phones and tablets did when they first appeared!), tell your friends, family and colleagues.

 

 

Will Hemp Composites Supercede Graphene as Supercapacitors?

By Harold at Return of Hemp

So now, in addition to having been used for possibly thousands of years for textiles, ropes, canvas, paper and oil, Cannabis Sattiva (better known as Hemp) is revealing not only its more modern industrial applications (building materials, automobile body and parts, bio diesel fuel, plastics for bags, skate and surfboards), for nutrition and medicine as well, but also as the most cost effective and efficient replacement for the material graphene.

Why is this important for us in 2018?

There appear to be two reasons here: One is an immediate, technical concern, and the other holds a deeper moral and spiritual lesson.

Long Before Rockefeller, Edison, Ford and Tesla, There Was Hemp

It would be safe to assume that the majority of people on this planet would prefer a cleaner and safer means of mechanized travel than the current petroleum and petrochemical dominated paradigm.

As it turns out, the electric car was being developed at the same time as when Henry Ford was introducing his principles of semi automated, mass production assembly lines, and at the same time as the large energy cartels were establishing themselves in the USA.

Today, after a century of war and ecological ravages, there is a vigorous and renewed interest in developing the electric car. Similarly, thanks to the wonders of the world wide web and access to some of the work of Nicola Tesla., a renewed interest in some of his contributions.

However, what has prevented the electric car (and brands like the appropriately named Tesla) from generalized use?

Unfortunately, the batteries have been expensive to produce and maintain. Recent breakthroughs in nanotechnology, namely the material graphene (used for supercapacitors) seemed to hold the key to making the batteries more efficient. The problem with graphene is that it costs roughly two thousand dollars a gram to produce.

Ouch!

As fortune would have it, there seems to be a simultaneous renewed and clearer familiarity with the awesome ‘Plant from the Garden of Eden,’ Hemp, and it’s tens of thousands of vital services. Specifically, hemp, hemp composites and hemp based materials can clothe us, feed us, shelter us, protect us, help us communicate, cure us, and now we discover that it can help move us (literally and figuratively speaking!).

According to Clarkson University Professor David Mitlin (also founder of Mitlin Group), and according to groups like asme.org and the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), the bast fibers from hemp can be processed to forge a new nano material, to functionally replace graphene, at the cost of five hundred dollars a ton!

All Hail The Hemp

The ‘bast fiber’ is the very hard part of the hemp stalk, at the lowest extremity, which is generally considered waste.

Apparently, the bast can be pressure cooked at 180 degrees fahrenheit for twenty four hours. Next, the carbonized material is treated with potassium hydroxide, and heated to temperatures as high as eight hundred degrees Fahrenheit, forming uniquely structured nano sheets. This material can discharge 49 kW of power per Kg, nearly triple what standard, commercial electrodes supply (seventeen kW per Kg).

A New Diet For The World Economy: More Hemp Fiber!

(NB: While many of this articles predicates are North American, the issue of industrial hemp and hemp based products and hemp composites is a matter of principles of nature, and not germane to solely North America)

Does the reader get enthusiastic about these implications? It seems to say something about our relationship as ‘small creators’ to the bounty of nature, does it not? Rather than feel oppressed and helpless before the apparent political invulnerability of the current paradigm, just keep in mind that through all documented history, every closed, oppressive system has always collapsed. Why? By suppressing the true nature of human beings, and by failing to continuously refine and redefine what a resource is, these systems only supply themselves by conquest, acquisition and cannibalization, which invariably meets a physical limit.

George Washington and Henry Ford were both hemp farmers, and each took their own roles in history to provide models of freedom, progress and prosperity (their limitations notwithstanding).

As human civilization seeks solutions to avoid the Four Horsemen, and to secure a happier and healthier future, the role of hemp and hemp composites seems to be clear and inevitable.

As Thomas Jefferson said: Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.

His words were statements of principle, not limited to Eighteenth Century America.

The more the human mind studies the Book of Nature, the better it understands its own nature.

The foregoing affirms the power and beauty of the imminent Return of Hemp.