As well as having numerous health benefits, hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly plants on the planet. There’s the fact that it’s virtually carbon neutral, that it doesn’t require any pesticides and that all of the plant can be put to good use. We’ve compiled a list of the most impressive facts around, and we’d love you to help us spread the word.
Why is Hemp One of the Most Sustainable Plants on the Planet?
A bunch of good facts
Hemp grows in just 4 months from planting and does not need any pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers.
It also requires very little water as it has the ability to irrigate itself naturally (unlike other crops like soya or almonds which are very thirsty indeed).
Hemp helps regenerate the soil. As the plant matures and the seed grows, leaf matter falls to the ground and decomposes replenishing the soil with natural nutrients ready for the next crop.
It is an excellent sequester of carbon dioxide. It breathes in four times more CO2 than trees.
It yields high levels of usable fibre for clothing. One hectare of hemp produces as much usable fibre as four hectares of trees or two hectares of cotton.
Hemp provides an excellent habitat for wildlife.
Nothing goes to waste with hemp. Once harvested the seed is used to produce healthy food products, the flowers are leaves are used to make beauty products and the stalk for natural fibre.