For todays 3/4/20 Happy Hempday Installment, I have chosen to focus on the hope of hemp plastic. and specifically as a solution to one of the biggest problems plague-ing the planet, plastic pollution.
Anybody who claims to be an environmentalist and doesn't have as a top issue, the importance of a global transition back to hemp, is a fool and should not be taken seriously. If CO2 is a problem, Hemp Plants naturally absorb that. Why do we still have lawns?
The plants that would be grown to make the C02 go away, however magically, would be equally useful for the natural remediation of our farm lands as well as our toxic neighborhoods and community dumping grounds. Hemp is a natural phyto-remediator as well. Hemp is also possibly the only source of omegas found outside of the heavily polluted oceans.
Petroleum fuel is wildly unnessesary because those plants would generate enough fuel to run our vehicles. Ask Henry Ford. He powered his model T with it.
Again why are we growing lawns?
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As of 2018, 335 million tons of plastics are produced globally each year. 45% of all plastics are produced in the United States. 29% of plastics produced in the US are used for packaging (15% building, 14% consumer). The packaging market, in the United States alone is worth $100 billion, a quarter of the global market. In the United States over 60 billion pounds of plastic are discarded into the waste stream each year (from 4 billion in 1970). Most of this is in Municipal Solid Waste. One-half of all discarded plastic comes from packaging. Almost one-third comes from packaging that is discarded soon after use. Beach litter is 40-60 percent plastic, much of which often floats in from the sea. Such beach litter is hazardous to birds, fish and animals who die from ingesting it or becoming entangled in it. Wide-scale postconsumer recycling of plastics is relatively new. Modern plastics are becoming harder to recycle. Plastic History The word plastic comes from the Greek plastikos, meaning able to be shaped. Biodegradable plastics are not new. In the biblical Book of Exodus, Moses’ mother built his ark from rushes, pitch, and slime, a composite that might now be called a fiber-reinforced bioplastic. Natural resins- like amber, shellac, and gutta percha have been mentioned throughout history, including during the Roman times and the Middle Ages. Plastics manufactured today, with few exceptions, are made from synthetic polymers. But polymers also occur in nature. They are produced by plants, animals and microorganisms through biochemical reactions. Plastics have successfully competed with other materials on account of their ‘low cost’. An example is a zipper. Previously made of metal, a plastic zipper performs as well as its predecessor. The lesser durability is not an issue as it often lasts long after the application using the zipper fails.
The Machines for processing hemp improved and became state of the art in the early 1930’s and
this was a significant threat to the powers that be including Hearst newspapers and their huge
amount of trees.
It was also a threat to Dupont who would be set to have serious competition from hemp that would seriously reduced their turnover. This was also a worry to Duponts banker, Andrew
Mellon,of Mellon bank, Pittsburgh, who would also be set to lose out.
Dupont had new patents for synthetic fibres, paper made from wood pulp along with their other plastic and textiles enterprises. Hemp could have competed with 80% of their business in a free market but instead it was Dupont who would filled the railroads with its good for the next 70 years, causing untold pollution of the environment and the rivers.