'Why don't we make all our plastics from hemp' and other silly arguments



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Why does it have to be hemp?

This is something I don't understand. Even though bio-plastic can be made from banana skins, grass clippings, avocado shells, and many other waste vegetable matter that we have in great abundance, everyone wants to use hemp.

Chris 28 days ago

Why can't we make all our plastics out of hemp?

Because Hemp captures 5 times the CO2 that trees capture and when used in any process it holds that captured CO2 such as in Hemp Plastics and Hemp-crete. Also it is much less expensive to produce and to process and far less polluting. It can replace the fossil fuels and chemicals associated with the fossil fuel industry and the lumber industry combined. Hemp is far superior to wood pulp and it is tested to be 10X stronger than steel which means we can use hemp plastics in parts to replace steel in use today. Meaning less pollution from another industry.Hemp does not put Benzene, Toluene and Xylene into our environment when processed or burned such as in fuel and other processes. Including MTBE which has been ruining our well water for years now. We also would not need oil from any other country if we grew Industrial Hemp and replaced the fossil fuels. Henry Ford knew that in the 30's-40's. He had a car made with Hemp body parts. He ran it on Hemp derived Fuel and it was far less polluting than the cars of today. The only reason it was outlawed was because DuPont would not have been able to get his fossil oils synthetic Nylon and Rayon and etc to pass. Hemp fibers are up to 20 feet long wood fibers and glass fibers and plastic fibers period are less by far. The longest wood fibers are less than 2 inches long. Henry Ford took a sludge hammer to his plastic drunk door on his car and it did no damage at all. It would have shattered synthetic fossil derived plastics and it would have dented metal panels. Your working for the Elite Satanic worshiping punks so you can try and hype all you want to save DuPont and Hearst and all the rest so we still need them but with Hemp, we are free of them!!! They know it, you know it we all know it which is why your bull you know what stinks to high heaven.

Jah Wins 28 days ago

Truth About Plastics

Rose Broke's comments are an example of spin and explaining away the destruction of our planet. Plastic has increasingly become more of an environmental hazard, threatening our planet. We need ways to reduce the plastic problem, not lie about it or make excuses. And there are things we can do:

1) Hemp and biodegradable plastics ARE part of the solution.

Nobody is saying that they must be a complete or perfect replacement, but rather they can help REDUCE the problem. Doing nothing, except producing more plastic pollution, is: laziness, greed, and destructive.

2) Doing research and testing is a lot cheaper than finding a new planet.

Let's not pretend there is no money to find alternatives, other than staying the course and destroying the environment. If the plastic industry was finding viable solutions to reduce the problem, there would be less talking about banning.

John 304 days ago

Re: truth about plastics

Hi John, thanks for commenting. I do like an engaging debate and you raise a lot of interesting points which I had hoped the article cleared up a bit.

I do agree that polymers from bioplastic feedstocks can in some cases be ideal for certain applications, but not all. And at no point do I dismiss research and testing for end markets for recycled materials. We should be investing in end markets for recycled materials and ensuring the best materials for the job are used with as little carbon wastage along the entire supply chain as possible. This is an editorial piece and therefore my opinion but your arguments are of course valid and reflect a lot of other people's views.

Rose Brooke 301 days ago