With a little elbow grease and a lot of ingenuity, a new Alberta business is churning out biodegradable auto parts made from wood, hemp and flax.
imageThe BioComposites Group plant, located on Drayton Valley’s Bio-Mile, uses a one-of-a-kind manufacturing process to make door panels, kick pads, cup holders and dashboard panels.
“We take waste wood fibre and waste agricultural fibers, and then needle them together with a process that creates a mat that is used for interior panels,” said Dan Madlung, CEO and co-owner of BioComposites Group.
The lightweight panels are then shipped to the United States, where they are pressed then passed along the manufacturers.
Madlung, along with his wife and business partner, Brenda, have been up and running now for more than a year.
The panels are already being tested in a few high-end cars, Madlung said, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz, and in large trucks like Kenworth and Peterbilt.
And he hopes their product will one day make fibre [...]
NHA was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview Jen Hobbs, Author of “American Hemp: How Growing Our Newest Cash Crop Can Improve Our Health, Clean Our Environment, and Slow Climate Change ”
Filled with catchall research, American Hemp examines what this new domestic crop can be used for, what makes it a superior product, and what made it illegal in the first place; the book also delves into the many health and medical benefits of the plant. Hobbs weighs in on how hemp can improve existing industries, from farming to energy to 3D printing, plus how it can make a serious impact on climate change by removing toxins from the soil and by decreasing our dependence on plastics and fossil fuels.
American Hemp lays out where we are as a nation on expanding this entirely new (yet ancient) domestic industry while optimistically reasoning that by sowing hemp, we can grow a better future and save the planet in the process. [...]
HempX Asheville publicist Jill Lieberman ticks off reasons why organizers of the upcoming event — two days focused on farming, cultivation, processing, uses and legal status of industrial hemp — are eager to have chef and Plant restaurant co-owner Jason Sellers return for this year’s gathering. “He’s an accomplished chef,” says Lieberman. “He is supercreative and loves to experiment.”
But perhaps the most important thing for Lieberman is something she learned about Sellers while planning last year’s inaugural function. “When we first approached him last year, he informed us he’d been cooking and experimenting with hemp for years,” she says.
Sellers will kick off the second iteration of HempX with a two-hour lunch event, A Taste of Hemp. Among items planned for the menu are hemp cheese ravioli, a vegan cheesecake with hemp crust and a dreamsicle — a creamy ice pop with a hemp twist. Throughout the meal, Sellers will offer guests insight on the benefits of cooki [...]
One of the most underrated aspects of industrial hemp is its use for land reclamation and remediation. Below are excerpts from a very insightful report written by T.J. Cole for Messiah College. With the combination of brilliant young minds and this type of vision for hemp, we will help ensure a greener, healthier and sustainable future for all of us. The full report here.
While it is universally known in sustainability that urban areas lack access to healthy, local food, and green space, few people outside the field seem to know amelioration tactics. Brownfields redevelopment has long been accepted as a means of urban restoration, but it hardly seems to hold true to a scientific dogma. “Gary”, Executive Director of an urban farm non-profit in Pennsylvania, claims to have spent several years adding organic material to his vacant lots and eventually bringing in his own topsoil. Though this method worked, and “Gary’s” farm has flourished immensely, it does not seem to have been [...]
The owners of a HempCrete house in Witchcliffe, in the Margaret River region in WA, had never heard of the building material until their daughter went to a talk about it. Now they said they would always build another hemp house with Hemp Homes Australia.
"We love our house - Sativa Sanctuary. It was grown in 14 weeks, and if ever we want to demolish it (never) we can push it straight into the ground. Hempcrete is good for the body and good for the planet," said owner Andrea Beck.
"We wanted to build as environmentally friendly as possible and the material ticked all the boxes. The material is termite resistant, breathable, has thermal mass properties, very good acoustic values and is fire retardant," she said.
Built by Hemp Homes Australia using HempCrete, the interior walls have been left natural inside and exterior is lime rendered using a natural turmeric oxide. This means no paint or chemicals.
"The walls are all handmade and hence have individual striations, which are very interes [...]
DECATUR — Hemp means different things to different people.
The National Hemp Association is using the Farm Progress Show to clear the air about this versatile crop.
Geoff Whaling, chairman of the association, said many people get confused when differentiating between marijuana and hemp.
“Hemp is cannabis but it is not marijuana,” Whaling said. “Marijuana has THC, whereas hemp does not.”
Interest in hemp increased after the 2018 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump removed it from the the list of controlled substances, thus legalizing its production. The 2014 Farm Bill already had allowed for limited hemp production for research and the 2018 Farm Bill authorized the secretary of agriculture to use that research to determine the viability of a domestic hemp market.
“We have a great relationship with the National Hemp Association,” said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show director. “We pretty much asked them to do a ‘Hemp 101.’ Do the beginner thing. How does it af [...]
armers should grow hemp to make "hempcrete" and provide wool to insulate buildings with in order to cut carbon emissions, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) has said in a new report.
The NFU aims for the whole farming sector to be carbon-neutral 2040, a decade ahead of the UK economy as a whole, and has researched ways this could be achieved.
Agricultural emissions have fallen by 16 per cent overall since 1990, but there has been only "modest progress" since 2011, the report says.
One such method is making structures out of natural materials, one of them being hemp, as growing the plant captures carbon from the atmosphere.
Hempcrete is a material similar to concrete, made of hemp hurds - which is wooden refuse removed during processing the plant - and lime. It is used for construction and insulation. This could be grown on farms and sold to the construction industry, according to the NFU.
Other ideas include making farms "plant-powered" by using biofuel methods to produce methane which [...]
One of the common beliefs about bio-construction is that it is only for rich people. According to Mike Lawrence, Professor at the BRE CICM (Centre for Innovative Construction Materials), University of Bath, UK, this is a myth: "If you compare like with like, so if you compare a building made out of conventional materials with the same thermal performance as a building made out of biobased materials such as hemp, the latter is cheaper. Under the EU project called Isobio, we did studies in the UK and in Spain. If you compare the British construction systems, the wall of a hemp building is about 30% cheaper per square metre than the one made out of traditional construction materials. In Spain it is even better, the wall is more expensive there, so a hemp system will be about 55% cheaper than a typical Spanish wall with the same thermal performance."
The project breakthrough is to replace hempcrete, the mix of hemp and lime normally used to build the bio-houses. The researchers have develo [...]
DECATUR – The National Hemp Association showcased the versatility of hemp during the recent Farm Progress Show in central Illinois.
Representatives of the hemp association used the event that ran Tuesday through Thursday to demonstrate how hemp can be used in dietary supplements and body care products, but that it also has industrial applications, the Herald & Review in Decatur reported.
Industrial uses for hemp include textiles, automotive, aviation and energy storage, building materials and paper, Geoff Whaling, chairman of the association, said.
Hemp provides an excellent natural alternative to cotton, which is the most widely used raw material for textile production, Whaling said. The automotive and aviation industries can use hemp bio-composites in multiple applications such as door panels, window pillars, package trays, truck liners and luggage racks.
These bio-composites are cheaper and reduce fuel consumption when used in place of fiberglass composites, according to the Natio [...]
PHOENIX — When you're as invested in the hemp business as Christopher Martin is, you've heard all of the jokes and all of the objections.
"I use it to my advantage," said Martin. "I tell everybody hemp is the gateway conversation."
Martin believes it's the gateway to greener building.
"I'd love to walk into Home Depot and see hemp board instead of drywall," said Martin.
But building homes out of hemp? Yes, it's happening.
A Florida man built what he believes is the first hempcrete home in the state in 2014. Hempcrete consists of the center of the stalk, water, and lime mixed together. Over time the hemp will petrify and the lime will turn back into stone.
"Our mentors are building hundreds of them in Europe and have for 20 years," said John Patterson, owner of the company Tiny Hemp Houses, based in Colorado.
On Saturday, Patterson will teach a class on how to make hempcrete at Hempful Farms, the cafe and shop Martin owns in north Phoenix.
According to the American Hemp Association, o [...]
Industrial hemp and flashy sports cars might seem like two things that don’t go together.
Bruce Dietzen, founder and CEO of Renew Sports Cars, has already proven otherwise. In 2017, Dietzen’s first hemp-bodied sports car rolled off the line.
It’s actually a concept almost 80 years in the making.
Henry Ford developed a similar plant-based car in 1941, fueled on agricultural residues. A titan in the automotive industry, the hemp car was one idea that never caught on for mass production.
If plant-based cars had started rolling off the line then, “we would not have this climate crisis that we have today ... we would have a much safer world,” said Dietzen. Sustainability is exactly what this material can help achieve.
Dietzen’s designer cars all utilize carbon negative technology, which means that they reduce the amount of carbon dioxide used instead of add more. Plant-based materials such as hemp are a key countermeasure to fossil fuels and manmade components such as plastic.
Hemp bricks are much easier on the environment than standard masonry blocks.
By Jeremy Hodges and Kevin Orland / Bloomberg
The hemp fields sprouting in a part of Canada best known for its giant oil patch show how climate change is disrupting the construction industry.
Six years after setting up shop in the shadow of Calgary’s tar sands, Mac Radford, 64, says he can’t satisfy all the orders from builders for Earth-friendly materials that help them limit their carbon footprints. His company, JustBioFiber Structural Solutions, is on the vanguard of businesses using hemp — the cousin of marijuana devoid of psychoactive content — to mitigate the greenhouse gases behind global warming.
Around the world, builders are putting modern twists into ancient construction methods that employ the hearty hemp weed. Roman engineers used the plant’s sinewy fibers in the mortar they mixed to hold up bridges. More recently, former White House adviser Steve Bannon weighed in on using so-called hem [...]
A bipartisan group of Virginia's congressional delegation is advocating for the state's inclusion in a federal crop insurance program for industrial hemp.
AgriLogic Consulting LLC, is working to develop a federal yield-based crop insurance program for industrial hemp, which has been growing in popularity since the passage of the 2018 farm bill legalized the production of the crop.
But there was concern Virginia, which had more than 800 registered growers as of July, would not be eligible for the program. In response, Virginia's two U.S. senators and six members of the House of Representatives wrote a joint letter to AgriLogic asking for the state to be included.
The following officials signed the Sept. 25 letter: Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Reps. Denver Riggleman, Morgan Griffith, Ben Cline, Abigail Spanberger, Elaine Luria and Don Beyer.
"We have concerns that Virginia is not currently under consideration for a pilot program for the 2020 growing season, despite having a robus [...]
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Since 1994, the Hemp Industries Association® (HIA®) is a non-profit trade association representing more than fifteen-hundred (1,500) supporting, farming and business members. The hemp industries are emerging to become a major global economic force as a result of new applications and opportunities. Hemp is a sustainable choice for industrial products, textiles, and also offer exceptional ingredients and components for nutrition and wellness products. Hemp is one of our planet's most important natural resources, and we advocate for the whole plant.
The HIA stands for the fair and equal treatment of industrial hemp and it's opportunities in agriculture and in the marketplace. The Association is dedicated to education, industry development, and the accelerated expansion of hemp world market supply and demand but is focused on the rebirth of the hemp industries in the United States.
The mission of the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), a 501(c)(6) membership-based non-profit trade assoc [...]
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp For Victory Act which helps lay the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of hemp cultivation and hemp-based products while ensuring safe agricultural practices, and environmental and labor considerations.
Vote Hemp strongly supports the bill and believes this is the kind of legislation needed to help the nascent hemp industry build a solid footing.
Please send a message to your Congressman and ask him/her to support hemp farmers and businesses by cosponsoring the Hemp For Victory Act. [...]