Smokebrush Farm, an urban farm located on roughly 6 acres in Manitou Springs, plans to use an innovative building material this season. Hempcrete — a mixture of water, lime and the plant’s “hurd,” the woody portion of the hemp stalk broken up into small pieces — will be used for several projects that will eventually lead into workshops.
The farm is an offshoot of the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, an organization that hosts a variety of creative community events in the area. It utilizes biodynamic farming practices, an agricultural approach similar to organic farming but with a stronger emphasis on building holistic systems that maximize efficiency. And hempcrete fits well with that ethic.
“We’ll be doing hempcrete here over the next couple weeks,” Smokebrush Farm Manager Jeremy Tackett said in early March. “There are three hemp projects on this property.”
Among them, a “cosmic solar system slab” that will resemble a patio slab and serve as the centerpiece [...]
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ECO Innovation Group is pleased to announce that it has entered an LOI to establish its West Coast base of operations for the company’s wholly owned construction subsidiary, Steel Hemp Homes Inc (SHH), in Santa Barbara County, California.
ECOx shall enter into a Joint Venture with Long Canyon Properties Holdings LLC to establish mobile facilities on 3 acres initially, with option to expand to 13 acres total with mutual agreement within 6 months of binding the LOI.
This project has been in discussion for many months with the intent to develop ecologically leading-edge single family and multi family structures showcasing innovative industrial hemp materials importantly complementing a catastrophe resilient steel framing system.
ECOx / SHH operations will not only prototype the Steel Hemp structures but also serve as a mobile education center to illustrate the inspiring science, history, and many importantly significant benefits of industrial he [...]
First developed in France in the 1980s, hempcrete appears to be a miracle material in contrast to its traditional cousin, beginning with how it’s produced.
Not only do the hemp fields from which it originates absorb airborne carbon while they grow, but the crops continue to absorb greenhouse gases after they are harvested and transformed into building materials—287 pounds of airborne carbon dioxide are estimated to be captured by one cubic meter (35 cubic feet) of hempcrete, while a half-ton is emitted into the atmosphere by each ton of cement, according to the European Cement Association.
Hempcrete is also up to eight times lighter than concrete, meaning it takes significantly less energy to transport, minimizing its carbon footprint even further.
When the inner woody core of hemp plants, known as hemp hurds, is mixed with lime or clay as a binding agent, the fibrous consistency of hempcrete has demonstrated better ventilation, fire resistance, and temperature regulation propert [...]
What does it mean to be strong?
There are two ways to measure strength.- Crack & Break like a dry tree branch.- Bend & Mend like a metal spring in a pen.
Imagine a dry tree branch in both hands.
It’s pretty stiff & doesn’t bend.
Nothing really happens until you apply a lot of pressure.
When you put a lot of pressure on the branch, it doesn’t bend.
It cracks & breaks!
Next. Imagine squishing a spring between two fingers.
It bends & mends back to its original position with ease.
Even when you put a LOT of pressure on it, it is rather hard to make a spring crack and break.
Just like it is hard for a dry tree branch to bend & mend back to its original position.
The two measurements of strength are; crack & break and bend & mend.
With these two measurements of strength, we are easily able to understand why hemp is stronger than steel.
- Hemp can hold almost twice the weight as steel before it cracks and breaks. And.- Hemp can bend and mend almost six ti [...]
Hemp paper is both more sustainable and more durable than tree-based paper. In this blog post, we discuss the differences of hemp paper VS tree-based paper and the ways that switching to hemp paper can help the environment.
- Hemp paper is easier to produce
- Hemp paper is higher quality
- Hemp paper is more environmentally friendly [...]
In 2017, Gavin Stonehouse, a graduate student in plant biology at Colorado State University, started cultivating hemp plants in a special soil mixture dosed with varying levels of selenium.
A mineral that occurs naturally in most of the western United States, selenium is also a nasty environmental pollutant when produced in excess by industrial and agricultural activities.
Stonehouse wanted to find out if hemp could handle the selenium. If the plants thrived, it would be an important first step towards proving claims that industrial hemp naturally cleans soils contaminated with a multitude of toxic substances – a process known as “bioremediation” or “phytoremediation.”
The next step will be to discover just how much of the selenium the plants extract, and where the mineral ends up – in the plants’ roots, stems, seeds or flowers.
Stonehouse and his advisor, CSU professor Elizabeth Pilon-Smits, plan to publish their results this summer. But the early indications are promi [...]
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Our members are engaged in defining industrial hemp’s path to success, from seed to sale and beyond.
We are committed to empowering hemp farmers, fueling industry leaders, and educating consumers to ensure hemp flourishes in the Midwest.
We work to promote responsible and fair regulation, provide grower education, and enable full access to the evolving marketplace.
iHemp Michigan advocates for wellness in people and the planet through hemp…and it begins with the farmer.
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Joni Lane, LEED Green Associate, speaks on Hempcrete and Responsible Design. A graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies, she is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable.
She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete.
Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.
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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 [...]
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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 [...]