Hemp – The Answer To Sustainable Living
Becca Wolford, Contributing Writer
“We are using up the resources of 1.5 planets. That is a long way from sustainability. Every product made takes something from the planet that we can’t give back. So think twice before you buy anything. Think about what went into making that product. Buy better quality, but buy less. Your shopping habits are where you control your impact on natural resources.” ~ Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of Patagonia
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” -Thomas Jefferson
Proponents of sustainable living strive to live consciously in a way that what they use does not harm or permanently take something from nature that is not replaceable.
“Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.
Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.” ~ www.epa.gov
Sustainability falls into 3 sections :
- 100% efficient – these are sustainable products that can be consumed and renewed in large quantities endlessly, without leaving a negative impact on the environment
- High efficient – these are products that are ‘green’ and environmentally kind, yet are not endless.
- Low or non- efficient – – these are products that are not sustainable at all, deplete natural resources, and leave a negative impact on the environment and health
I think you can see where I am going with this. Out of all the natural resources that we have available to us, can you think of ONE that can be renewed endlessly, in huge quantities, that can clean the air and nourish the soil, a resource that can be made into tens of thousands of products, all of which can be recycled or reused or put back into the earth to heal it? Can you think of ONE resource that not only leaves a NEGATIVE carbon footprint, it can also give us energy (fuel) that is clean, or can heal or bodies as well as the soil that it is planted in?
There is one resource on this earth that can do all of the above, and more. It is Hemp.
Hemp is sustainable, clean, healthy, and yes, it can be grown in huge amounts indefinitely. It grows well in many environmental conditions, as well as almost any type of soil. It’s growth period is approximately 4 months, so a couple growing seasons can occur every year.
Hemp products can be recycled MANY times, much more than many of our common products that we use (paper, cotton, plastics, clothing/textiles).
To increase sustainability and efficiency, we must replace low-efficient/non-sustainable products with 100% efficient, sustainable hemp.
And what products can be made from hemp? Below is a VERY short list of the thousands upon thousands of products:
- Plastics (bags, utensils, computer and phone components)
- Auto components (car panels)
- Construction materials (foundation/hempcrete, fiberboard, insulation, carpet, furniture, roof tiles)
- Paper (stationery, bathroom tissue, paper towels, cardboard boxes)
- Textiles/rope/clothing (shirts, pants, shoes, hats, underwear, socks, diapers)
Of course, we cannot forget the nutritional aspect of hemp. Industrial hempseed and hempseed oil are excellent, nutritionally-dense foods. With the perfect 3:1 ratio of Omega fatty acids, Edestin protein, fiber, chlorophyll, all essential amino acids, and many micro and macro nutrients, hemp is a fantastic sustainable food AND medicine.
There is no other single renewable, sustainable raw material that can replace and eradicate toxins and dangerous products that we use and eat; there is no other sustainable raw material that can fulfill ALL our basic needs and beyond – than HEMP.
About the Author
Becca Wolford is a writer, entrepreneur, artist, reiki practitioner, and hemp activist. She has experienced first-hand the nutritional and healing benefits of hemp and her passion is learning, writing, and educating others about the benefits of hemp – benefits that encompass nutritional health for humans, a healthy environment, and a healthier economy.
Becca also distributes Versativa, an amazing raw, clean, hemp-based nutritional supplement and Restoration90, a raw, clean, nutritional product with marine phytoplankton, hemp, and essential nutrients for optimum health. Please support her at her excellent blog Hemphealer.com.
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