A miracle plant?
Okay so I try to do my part to help the environment. I’m not an activist or a climate change protester, but I try to reuse my plastic bags (even the flimsy clear ones for fruits and vegetables). Still, they eventually need to be thrown out too. I’m so trained to recycle plastics into the blue box that when I saw a documentary showing all the plastics from Canada piled up in Malaysia and Indonesia, it sucked the breath right out of me. What do I do? I really want to do something meaningful to help the Earth. It's hard not to get discouraged.
There is hope though, and it comes from a plant that’s as close to a miracle as could ever be. Let’s see, what plant fiber makes the best eco friendly, biodegradable, strong, safe, sustainable bio-plastic, textile, and paper? The Gutenberg Bible was printed on hemp paper. Industrial hemp was used for thousands of years before being banned in North America, and now it’s finally making a big comeback. It’s easy to grow using organic, green, sustainable and non-toxic farming methods, and can be transformed into materials that can replace our plastic bags, containers, and even plastic components and building materials in cars and houses. Not only that, but hemp absorbs carbon
If hemp plastic becomes more widely available and used, it will go a long way toward helping us get off the petroleum based plastics that are polluting the land, the rivers, the oceans. The micro-plastics are adversely affecting the fish, and other marine life. I don’t want to just feel sad and helpless anymore, I want to be able to make a difference. We the consumer, can make this shift. We can choose to use hemp-based plastics, bags, textiles, materials for building and manufacturing. We can switch to green packaging and stop throwing away petroleum based plastic wrap and containers.
There are many other applications and uses for hemp. We are just beginning to use this versatile and healing plant. The nutritious aspects in hemp seeds are amazing. Not only does hemp provide essential fatty acids like omega 3, 6, and 9, but hemp also contains 30% protein. That's higher than most plant food!
Don’t believe in miracles? I never used to, but now I’m beginning to think hemp is Mother Nature’s miracle plant.