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Hemp is 10 times stronger than cotton

Cotton grows only in warm climates and requires enormous amounts of water. Hemp needs only small amounts of water.

Hemp naturally repels weed growth and has few insect enemies requiring no herbicides and few or no pesticides

Cotton requires enormous pesticide use

Substituting hemp for cotton would drastically reduce pesticide usage. Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems. Hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy.

Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper

Hemp paper manufacturing can reduce wastewater contamination. Hemp’s low lignin content reduces the need for acids used in pulping and its creamy colour lends itself to environmentally-friendly bleaching instead of using harsh chlorine compounds. Less bleaching results in less dioxin and fewer chemical by-products released into the environment.

Most hemp products are non-toxic, biodegradable and renewable

Hemp fibre bundles are up to fifteen feet long

While cotton fibres are a mere three- quarters of an inch, which reportedly gives hemp eight times more strength, four times the tensile strength and four times the durability of cotton.

Many people imagine hemp looks like burlap

In fact the strength and coarseness of a fabric depends on how the fibre is spun and woven. Hemp, like flax and other fibres, can be woven in many canvases, from canvas to fine linen. With proper processing, hemp can be made softer than cotton. It is also more absorbent, making it an excellent choice for towels, diapers, and baby clothing. Upholstery fabric, table linens, casual clothing and high quality linen wear are all potential markets for hemp.

Hemp production could eliminate deforestation

By converting current paper to hemp paper which can be recycled up to 8 times where as our current wood pulp is only recyclable up to 3 times. Additionally, we could thrive from eating hemp seeds and feeding them to our animals and livestock.

All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s.

The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross’s flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution were made from hemp

Eco-friendly hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products

Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products, and resins made from the oil, to name a very few examples. Over two million cars on the road today have hemp composite parts for door panels, dashboards, luggage racks, etc.