Hemp plastics, the bio, logical alternative for oil based plastics!

What if I tell you there is a way to manufacture the majority of products we use in every day's life with a reduced carbon (CO2) footprint, by using renewable and biodegradable materials, and can be easily replace plastics with our current methods?

Meet Hemplyne, a composite material made up of hemp fibre polymers, coupled with other bio based fibre additives. Hemp was once a driving force of the world's economy and produces one of the strongest fibres known to mankind. It is a versatile plant that provides for textiles, papers, foods, combustibles and bioplastics. Unfortunately, it was outlawed in the 1930s, but is finally making a comeback with medical and recreational cannabis becoming prevalent all over the world.. Let’s take a look at the advantages of hemp plastic, compared to standard oil-based polymers.

Hemplyne hemp plastics are biodegradable and recyclable. Hemplyne hemp plastic is completely biodegradable and recyclable when it is made with a biodegradable polymer. We traditionally think of recycling as the reuse of mechanical parts, although if we use more biodegradable materials, we could introduce a new cycle that would be much more environmentally friendly. Plants are harvested and broken down into essential components for production and a product is produced. After its use, it is put into a landfill where nature will run its course and break it down into necessary nutrients essential for the plant’s growth (compost) and the cycle is complete. For the production of Hemplyne we use the fibre of the hemp plant. Hemplyne will biodegrade completely in 18 months. It’s versatile, strong and lightweight

Hemp fibres are spread in a more random arrangement than in traditional plastics, during the injection in a mould, and therefore increases the strength of the products in every direction. The strength of hemp plastic makes it appealing in several industries. The automotive, building, and packaging industries are all being turned on to hemp plastic. It is also lightweight and has a very high ratio of density to weight. This allows it to potentially be used in aerospace to save weight on heavy structures.

It’s eco-friendly Hemp absorbs four times as much carbon dioxide as trees do during it’s quick 12-14 week grow cycle. Producing hemp plastic also requires 22-45% less energy than fossil fuel-based products. If you take into account the amount of carbon emissions absorbed during cultivation, carbon emission savings are up to 70% with most coming from processing and machinery. This is still a fairly new technology, so that number is very likely to increase as technology improves.

It is easy to manufacture Many of the same items we use in our everyday lives can be made with hemp. Hemplyne hemp plastic is injectable in practically every existing plastic injection system. It works by filling up a hopper which melts the raw material and injects it into a mold cavity where it is solidified. This process is extremely efficient and can produce complex parts with a low cost.

No huge investments needed to switch to hemp plastic production. Producing products with Hemplyne granulates in existing moulds eliminates the need of huge investments to become a hemp plastic producer or distributor, and, in case one wants a mould for a new product, that will be the only investment, injection companies can work with your custom mould, for a certain price per product.

Hemplyne products are carbon emission free when burned. The production of hemp for Hemplyne and all other hemp based products is saving up to 70% of carbon emission, which is a like a wellness treat to our environment. Our products will biodegrade in 18 months in an environment with air, water and micro-organisms, and it can be fully recycled into new products. The third way to dispose or used Hemplyne products is to burn them in a stove or fireplace, to heat your house, there is no carbon emission when it is incinerated.

Hemp plastics will always be available in the future. The plastic industry is being fed with petroleum based polymers, moulding it into products that will never completely break down, polluting our entire atmosphere, especially our oceans, endangering all live in salt water. The source for this plastic, crude oil, hidden in cavities of Mother Earth, will one day run dry, that much is known.

Hemp will be available as long as humanity will (be able to) inhabit the world, switching to hemp for resources as mentioned above will have a positive impact on our environment and atmosphere, making the earth a better place to live with a better perspective on the future.

A change in mentality will make the difference. As you can see, it does not take major adaptions to make the switch to hemp plastic granulates in existing plastic injecting processes, minor changes in protocol during the injection of Hemplyne are all it takes to go bio. What is actually takes is a major change in mentality of the plastic industry and the consumers of products in/off plastics. Hemp plastics are fairly new to the plastic producers, probably even unknown to most major players in this huge, polluting industry.

Hemp is not new, it is known as the most versatile plant to mankind for ages, but, because of prohibition in great parts of the world, it is only making a come back as a commodity now. The production is still not sufficient to make the prices of basic materials decrease, in order to be able to compete in retail prices with the cheap, polluting plastic products. Oil based plastics are cheap, especially nowadays, with the low oil prices around the world, even cheaper than recycled plastic, and is available in abundance around the globe. All it takes is a lot of hemp. All it takes is millions of hectares of hemp, grown around the globe, so the prices of basic materials for hemp materials will decrease to a level where hemp plastics will cost the same, and preferably less, than 'ordinary' plastics. Mass production of hemp, around the world, with processing plants in or next to the hemp fields, will make the production of hemp far more cost effective, just by making sure the lines between field and end products are as short as possible. Hemp can also provide for combustibles, but keeping the whole process 'at armslength' will prevent wasting fuel and time with long haul transports. Huge hemp production for employment, innovation and cost effectiveness. Growing huge hemp crops will create employment, will trigger innovative processing and production methods, will make hemp a very competitive commodity and an affordable alternative in many industries, which is actually why it was prohibited for so long! The whole plant is a commodity, no part is without purpose. Hemp production leaves no crumbs and left overs, all parts of the plant, from the deepest roots to the top leafs can be processed for industrial, medical, recreational, therapeutical or agricultural products.  

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