Textiles

Military interested in hemp fiber and polymers; Wisconsin university researching possibilities
The U.S. military and researchers at a Wisconsin university are discussing making hemp fiber to replace imported polyester and polymer in Army vehicles – a potential partnership that would return the state to the days it was the epicenter of fiber production during both World Wars. To make it a reality, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are working to create a textile that the military can test. Two state lawmakers, meanwhile, are leading the charge to pass legislation that would grant $250,000 to the research effort. “Let’s reposition Wisconsin as the No. 1 hemp fiber state in the nation,” said Paul Fowler, executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology at UW-Stevens Point. “Let’s make sure that we’re using the entire plant and all the potential that it has built in.” Most U.S growers raise hemp to create CBD products, but the plant can be transformed for many uses. The military wants to use it for seat belts, seat cover [...]
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John Lewis is selling recyclable mattress filled with hemp
John Lewis is selling the world’s first recyclable mattress - which is filled with hemp. The UK-based department store giant debuted the surprising item by award-winning bedding maker Harrison Spinks. The 180-year-old company uses hemp instead of foam to fill the mattress and uses wool from its own farm's sheep in a bid to be more sustainable. The super king-size mattress from John Lewis and partners' Natural Collection costs £1,199, however, a double bed mattress will set you back £479, and a single costs £399. Harrison Spinks, which featured in the BBC series Inside The Factory with Gregg Wallace, worked out a way of building the bedding without using glue after years of development by its engineers. Simon Spinks, the company’s managing director, said: 'A fully sustainable mattress is a world first. 'It’s foam and glue-free and made entirely from biodegradable or recyclable materials. 'In fact, it’s the world’s first circular mattress, meaning that at the end of its [...]
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5 Ways Hemp Can Save the Planet – Rodale Institute
It was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fiber 10,000 years ago. It has been grown and used all over the world. The first president of the United States of America even grew it as a cash crop. Is it cotton? No—it’s hemp. Hemp was a major cash crop in the Eastern United States until 1937, when it was outlawed as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. Since then, hemp has been illegal to grow and sell until almost a year ago, when President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing hemp by removing it from the Controlled Substances Act. Late last month, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a program that would allow farmers to grow hemp under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. This is big news for the hemp industry. Our water, air, and land are being polluted more than ever by textile manufacturing byproducts and plastic microparticles. With its resurgence as a cash crop and ability to integrate [...]
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Hemp Grower
NOTE: this is a "must subscribe" publication if you have real interest in Industrial Hemp. Supporting legal hemp cultivators with: industry trend analysis, business strategy, expert cultivation advice, extraction, marketing, financial topics, and legal issues. HG’s mission is to support legal hemp cultivators by providing actionable intelligence in all aspects of the business—from regulatory news to analysis of industry trends and business strategy, as well as expert advice on cultivation, extraction, marketing, financial topics, legal issues and more. HG focuses strictly on the business of legal hemp and aims to provide timely information—through its website, e-newsletter, print magazine and annual Cannabis Conference—to help the reader make timely, informed decisions to help them run their hemp businesses more efficiently and more profitably. The first issue of Hemp Grower will be published and distributed to subscribers in late 2019. [...]
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Michigan hemp mattress firm navigates challenging hemp fiber market
A Michigan company hopes to be at the forefront of industrial hemp textile and fabric adoption by marketing hemp mattresses to millennials. However, short supply of hemp fiber for textiles and fabric is creating challenges for the company and driving up the price. “When we went on the hunt for the ingredients to build the bed, the supply was almost zero,” said Josh Thompson, CEO of 420bed in Portage, Michigan. “It’s really pretty incredible to me, with all the various production that goes on in various areas of the country, that hemp is not much deeper into the supply chain from a textiles standpoint than it is.” [...]
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