Environmental conservation and awareness is something that many of us have made a conscious effort to address and work towards on a daily basis. We’re (for the most part) fully aware of how aggressive climate change has become over the past few years, and, hopefully, we’re aware that it’s likely going to get worse.
Joyful news, I know.
As terrifying as climate change is, one positive I suppose I could draw from it is that many of us are trying to make a difference in how we treat our Earth. Should these efforts have started earlier? Absolutely. But, better late than never, and I applaud anyone who chooses to educate themselves about how to maintain the remaining life of our Earth.
If you’re someone who is actively trying to minimize your carbon footprint, an article originally published on Made By Hemp’s website could be what you’re looking for in terms of what to keep an eye out for in the near future as conservation efforts maximize.
The following excerpt comes from the article:
“We want to be healthy and maintain the planet, but what typically trumps that desire is our greed (and sometimes need) for cheaper products … A change in law will mean we can start using industrial hemp to replace ANYTHING made with plastic…and it’s cheap. Hemp grows fast and doesn’t require much work (not even pesticides).”
Sounds pretty good so far, right?
“Hempcrete is made by mixing together hemp hurds, lime and water. If you’re imagining a crumbly, weak material — think again. Although it doesn’t bear the structural weight of a house (if you were to drop a block of hempcrete into a bucket of water, it would float), it provides well-insulated walls and foundations. The material is durable, easy to work with, and cheap. It’s nearly a third of the price of lumber, according to The Daily Good. To top it all off, hempcrete boasts a great resistance to mold, insects and fire. It naturally regulates temperature, so people with hemp homes rarely ever need to turn on heaters or air conditioners.
“A new home currently under construction in Texas is taking advantage of all the good perks of building with hempcrete. The owner of the property and designer of the home, Yoseff Ben-Yehuda, originally imagined the house being built with more mainstream materials. However, after much research he found hemp to be even more affordable…and it will continue to be cheaper forever as he saves on heating and cooling year-round.”
If using hemp to reduce the amount of waste we produce and the materials we require to do everyday things becomes a thing, this could be a tremendous advancement.
And, if you’re saying to yourself right now, ‘I’ve never heard of using hemp for building,’ don’t worry. I was completely unaware until I read this article. But, “dating as far back as the 6th Century C.E., hemp has been discovered in antique bridges and clothing, along with other materials. The history of hemp is a powerful expression of the versatility of this amazing plant. Today there are over 30,000 uses for hemp; from eco-friendly textiles to fuel that doesn’t pollute the air.”
Sounds groovy to me.
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