In 1941, Henry Ford unveiled what may soon be considered the most important invention in history...a nearly carbon neutral automobile made from and powered by plants like cannabis. Astonishingly, it was two and a half times greener than electric vehicles are today. How it was made, and how it was powered made it the greenest car in history.
Our mission at Renew, is to pick up where Mr. Ford left off, yet go beyond...helping to make not only our cars, but all of todays existing cars carbon negative cars by 2025.
Imagine reversing climate change with every mile you drive. The technology already exists today, We are the "crazies" pushing to get these technologies adopted.
Renew designs and manufactures exotic, "Ultra-Low Carbon Footprint" (ULCF) Sports Cars. Our manufacturing processes are as close to carbon neutral as is presently possible . . . resulting in very green cars.
During 2016, only a limited number of hand made, custom built to order "signature" models will be produced. [...]
Hemp House Build was shot on location in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina in June 2011. Filmed and Edited by Ervin Dargan of Mingo Sound & Video. Produced & Directed by Diana Oliver of Hempsters Doc/Film Series. Featuring the maverick Hemp House Builders of Hemp Technologies Greg Flavall & dedicated to the memory of Dave Madera.
Interest in hempcrete homes is booming, because hempcrete, a composite made from fibers of the industrial hemp plant mixed with lime, is sustainable, durable and even carbon negative.
Did you know there’s a building material that’s durable, sustainable, healthier for the occupants and even carbon negative?
It’s called hempcrete, a composite made from fibers of the industrial hemp plant mixed with lime.
The United States is perfectly positioned for a hempcrete building boom. Interest in green building is growing as people seek out sustainable, low-cost alternatives to traditional buildings made from petrochemicals or dwindling natural resources like wood. At the same time, the stigma around hemp is disappearing as more learn about the plant’s benefits. Hempcrete has unique health benefits and, because it enables low cost, modular design, it could even be a part of the solution to America’s affordable housing crisis.
“It’s just an awesome material,” declared Greg Flav [...]
Hemp could help save the bees, providing an excellent source of nutrition during the season they need it most, new study finds
Expanding hemp cultivation in the United States could provide food for the bees during a time of year when few other options are available to them, a new study concludes.
Researchers from Colorado State University set up bee traps in industrial hemp fields during peak flowering season to determine whether hemp was “a valuable source of pollen for foraging bees.”
Turns out it is.
The researchers collected almost 2,000 bees from 23 different bee genera.
Nearly half of those were classic honeybees, but specialized genera such as Melissodes bimaculata and Peponapis pruinosa turned up in surprisingly “high proportions.”
Hemp flowers are apparently “prolific pollen producers,” making them attractive to a diverse abundance bees.
On top of that, they bloom right when bees need them most.
Hemp flowering occurs between the end of July and the end of September [...]
Hemp is one of the most powerful plants in the world, producing twice as much fiber as cotton, using far less water and pesticides… and fixing the soil while it’s at it!
Because of its misunderstood association with marijuana, it’s been illegal to grow in the United States for over 80 years.
But luckily, for the people and the planet, Congress finally passed The Hemp Farming Act in the farm bill in December, giving American clothing manufacturers a local, more affordable source of hemp fiber.
In an effort to brand itself as more sustainable, Levi Strauss will now be offering jeans made out of 30% hemp, 70% cotton. 100% hemp would be nice, but hey, it’s a start.
The company had some concerns about how hemp would be received by consumers who have grown accustomed to the texture of cotton. Hemp can be a bit rough or stiff, like linen.
So Levi’s has come up with a way to “cottonize” the feel of it.
“We partnered with fiber technology specialists to create a ‘cottonizatio [...]
As a long-lasting building material made from lime and hemp shivs, otherwise known as a waste product from hemp fiber growing, HempCrete is breathable, absorbing and emitting moisture to regulate internal humidity while avoiding trapped water and mold growth.
We are constantly looking for new, eco friendly building materials that will last longer than the concrete, steel, and wood options of today. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the average office building lifespan in 2008 was 73-years. With HempCrete, these same buildings will now come with a 400 to 500-year lifespan.
Using sustainable, throw-away organic materials like lime and hemp shivs makes HempCrete an environmentally friendly building material that is also more durable and longer lasting than all other conventional counterparts. [...]
Builders who use natural materials in the United States have seen interest grow in "hempcrete," a renewable building material made with hemp that can take the place of traditional drywall, insulation and siding.
Since the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp, the construction material -- used for 30 years in Europe -- has captured the imagination of American builders and homeowners.
"This year is the biggest year in hemp construction and it's really just beginning," said Tommy Gibbons of Ketchum, Idaho-based Hempitecture Inc.
Chipped hemp bark, lime binder and water are mixed together to make hempcrete. The material dries to a strong, stonelike substance that's fireproof, mold-proof and insect-proof.
Walls can be constructed by crews without power tools who mix the ingredients together in buckets and pour them into wooden forms.
In Bellingham, Wash., homeowner Pamela Bosch wo [...]
ASHLAND, Ore. — Hemp harvest is going on this month, and people are complaining about the smell.
Eviane Coton, Ebb and Flow Hemp Production, told news 10 the smell has to do with the amount of terpenes in the plant.
Hemp has about 200 terpenes, which Coton said is more than any other plant.
The terpenes are the essential oils within the plant.
Hemp uses these terpenes as a defense mechanism against pests and insects.
Every Hemp plant has a different variation of terpenes, which make every plant smell a bit differently.
"The smells you get when you walk through the forest are the plants releasing their terpenes. It's the combination of all of these smells at once. It can be a bit potent, but it's actually beneficial," Coton said.
Once Hemp begins to flower, the aromas become stronger.
Coton said even though some people think Hemp affects their allergies, that is not the case.
Coton said the Hemp plants are female and they do not release pollen.
"Having more terpenes in the plant helps [...]
On the surface, the fashion industry had a good year in 2018, with Americans spending $391.5 billion on clothing and footwear. That was a 4% increase year-over-year and the highest level of growth since 2011 when spending increased 5.1%, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis NIPA table 2.3.5.
But digging into the data further, Americans have steadily decreased their share of disposable income on clothing and footwear, sliding from 3.8% in 2007 to 3.0% in 2019, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey. Even more alarming though is at the turn of the century fashion’s share of Americans’ spending was 4.9%.
In simple terms, American consumers are losing their interest in what fashion brands have on offer. Otherwise they’d be devoting a greater share of their wallets to updating their wardrobes. The fashion industry needs some radical new ideas to get back on American’s shopping lists.
Hemp may be one of those radical new ideas. Hemp would [...]
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Fine is an investigative journalist whose work has appeared in places like Washington Post, Wired and Outside Magazine. He’s traveled all over the world, including to places like Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He’s given TED Talks. He’s appeared on late-night talk shows. And he’s written several books, including Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, Farewell My Subaru, which is about his attempt to wean himself off fossil fuel, and Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution.
He’s traveled all over the world, including to places like Burma, Rwanda, Laos, Guatemala and Tajikistan. He’s given TED Talks. He’s appeared on late-night talk shows. And he’s written several books, including Not Really An Alaskan Mountain Man, Farewell My Subaru, which is about his attempt to wean himself off fossil fuel, and Too High To Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution.
His latest book is Hemp Bound: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the [...]
BOISE, Idaho — Three out-of-state truck drivers who were arrested for transporting industrial hemp through Idaho were sentenced Thursday on misdemeanor charges.
All three men were given jail time, but the sentences were suspended with time served. Each will remain on unsupervised probation and have to pay fees and restitution.
The truckers each faced felony charges at the time of their arrests, but struck plea deals with prosecutors earlier this month that lowered the charges to misdemeanors.
Two of the truckers, Andrew D’Addario and Erich Eisenhart were arrested in April 2018 while transporting 915 hemp plants from Colorado to Oregon.
Eisenhart and D'Addario were initially charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. They pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana. On Thursday, they were sentenced to 180 days in jail, with 178 days suspended. They were given credit for the two days they already served in the Ada County Jail. Both men will serv [...]
Growing industrial hemp was illegal in the United States after 1970 because the industrial plant and marijuana were considered to be the same, when in fact they are different varieties of Cannabis.
In recent years, some states have changed their laws, allowing farmers to start growing industrial hemp, which is used in everything from clothing to nutritional products to building materials.
Oregon grower Cliff Thomason says growing and processing hemp was stymied because it was illegal, but now a knowledge base for best uses can grow, along with the plants.
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Bruce Dietzen invested $200,000 to build a sport scar with bodywork made from hemp cannabis. [...]
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From Popular Mechanics:
‘When Henry Ford recently unveiled his plastic car, the result of 12 years of research, he gave the world a glimpse of the automobile of tomorrow, its tough panels molded under hydraulic pressure of 1,500 pounds per square inch (psi) from a recipe that calls for 70 percent of cellulose fibers from wheat straw, hemp, and sisal plus 30 percent resin binder. The only steel in the car is its tubular welded frame. The plastic car weighs a ton, 1,000 pounds lighter than a comparable steel car.’
Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine, designed it to run on vegetable and seed oils like hemp. Ford originally intended his vehicles to run off of vegetable oils, stating “there’s enough alcohol in one year’s yield of an acre of potatoes to drive the machinery necessary to cultivate the fields for one hundred years.”
However, the gasoline industry lobbied hard to keep alcohol taxes high and drop the price of gasoline. This even [...]
Founded by legendary Native poet, philosopher and recording artist John Trudell, Hempstead Project HEART is a vehicle to build public awareness of the many benefits of growing Industrial Hemp. With a team of committed volunteers at his side, notably Anna Owen, Linda Delair and Lea Walters, John built Hempstead Project HEART to be a driving force to grow the hemp economy in America. From speaking at public events to organizing with the California State Grange on Industrial Hemp advocacy, John and his Hempstead Project HEART team laid important groundwork for public acceptance of hemp in California. In November 2016, California re-legalized Industrial Hemp as a commercial agricultural crop. This huge step demonstrates the importance of education and action in creating positive change.
In the summer of 2015, Hempstead Project HEART received a letter from a young Menominee farmer named Marc Grignon who was an academic researcher with the College of the Menominee Nation and the University o [...]
SOURCE: New Hope Network
This home-grown economic driver can replace fiber, concrete, tobacco, plastic, petroleum. Oh, and it could also save the climate crisis. Are you on board?
After years of anti-smoking campaigns across America, the once-proud Kentucky tobacco farmer has well and truly fallen on hard times. Despite some export opportunities for Asian markets, tobacco just isn’t cool any more.
But farmers there have an expertise in planting crops. And they’re tired of sitting around, cashing relief checks.
Josh Hendrix is a grandson of a Kentucky farmer. He is young, bearded and reasonably hip, at least by Kentucky standards. He founded the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association and helped form the Kentucky Hemp Industry Council — its mission to lobby politicians to create a new business paradigm for down-and-out Kentucky farmers. Hemp.
“Kentucky hemp is cool,” Hendrix said at the third annual NoCo Hemp Expo, held in Loveland, Colorado, April 1-2. “It’s good for farmers [...]
SOURCE: Farm Journal and Farmer’s Wife – June 1942
All the hempseed available in the U.S. is stacked in this Kentucky warehouse under armed guard. Next year, USDA hopes, there’ll be enough to grow 350,000 acres.” (Photo credit: U.S.D.A. by Forsythe)
Tall, tough “thin man” of the nettle family, hemp is normally imported from the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. In peace time, it made a big share of the $192,000,000 worth of fiber and fiber products America shipped in each year. Yet hemp has been grown in Kentucky since 1775, has made money for a small group of raisers in Wisconsin for the past few years. Experts claim it is a 90-day crop, standing eight degrees of frost and producing from four to six tons of stalks per acre on land good for 35 to 60 bu. of corn. At current prices, it will bring about $33 per ton.
Last month, hard put for rope, twine and a quick source of cellulose, the Department of Agriculture announced a campaign to produce enough hemp seed for gener [...]