THE MANY USES OF HEMP
Hemp is used to produce more than 25,000 commercial and industrial products in nine (9) main markets. While new product applications are always being discovered, here is a comprehensive list of the many uses of hemp.
Biodegradable litter is made from a variety of plant-based resources, such as corn, wheat, walnuts, pine wood pellets, recycled newspaper and hemp. Many pet owners prefer to use biodegradable litter as an alternative to clay-based ones, due to the health hazards clay-based litters can have if inhaled or ingested. Biodegradable litters are also preferred due to their environmental friendliness, flushability, compostability, and deodorizing properties. Though slightly more expensive by volume, consumers tend to save money as plant-based litters tend to last longer without creating unpleasant odors.
Hemp cat litter is a great example of how engineered hemp products can out-perform traditional products. Engineered for superior absorption, odor control and product longevity, HempAlta Pets Hemp Cat Litter is the world's first wholly hemp cat litter. It has been engineered to be the healthiest and safest litter, and has been specially processed to retain the natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of hemp.
Commonly, container plants and seedlings thrive best in sterile environments with plenty of drainage. A good potting mix should not dry out too quickly or be too dense so plant roots are unable to access oxygen; a problem inherent in soil-based potting mixes. In order to combat this, typically potting mixes are a combination of peat, coir, pine bark and vermiculite. These plant-based materials however, do not provide the nutrition plants require. Hemp is a great example of how soil-free potting mixes can provide better nutrition and aeration to plants. It is also naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, making your plants less hospitable to the pests so often found in soil.
Natural organic plant foods contain nutrients that are plant, animal, and mineral derived, to provide plants with optimal growing conditions. Natural plant food is digested by soil microorganisms, which then release nutrients to the plants. Unlike synthetic fertilizers, natural plant fertilizers don't have a high salt index and mitigate the risk of chemically burning plants if overfed. Soil structure can be improved for better moisture retention, nutrient retention, aeration and drainage when using organic fertilizers; hemp is a great example of a natural plant food/soil amendment. It provides superior aeration, moisture retention, and nutrients to the plant, as well as has a natural resistance to insects, diseases, and extreme climates. Hemp-Pak™, the world's first natural all-purpose soil amendment made from industrial hemp.
Mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of soil to conserve moisture, improve the health of the soil and reduce weed growth. Mulch is usually an organic material, such as bark, grass, or peat moss, but can also be an inorganic material such as sand, gravel and rubber. Hemp is a fantastic mulch as it is highly absorbent, naturally antibacterial, and dense enough to not get blown away by the wind.
Commonly, mulch is used on outdoor plants to help them grow properly. The idea of mulching indoor plants is often omitted. Mulching your plants is one of the best things you can do to keep your plants healthy. Here are some reasons why you should mulch your indoor plants.
Technical textiles made from hemp require long, structurally intact bast fiber as a starting material. These include:
- Abrasion-resistant textiles (workwear, wool-blends, uniforms, suits, etc.)
- Fiber-reinforced composites
- Replacement for fiber-glass reinforcement
- Structural reinforcement
- Consumer clothing fabrics including denim, shoes, handbags and diapers. Aesthetic appeal and tactile quality are two of the main features of apparel textiles. Apparel textiles are made from bast fiber.
- Beverages, pet food, soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, and skin care products. Infused products are made with Green Microfiber.