Growing Industrial Hemp is the simplest and most cost effective way of capturingCO2, is completely scaleable and just about anyone can do it. That’s why Hemp is a vital part of our programmes.
Industrial Hemp produces raw materials that can be used for green materials, including:
Bricks / Blocks / Fibreboard.
Textiles / clothing / bedding.
Oils for cooking, wood preservation and essential.
There are more than 202 million hectares of uncultivated arable land in Africa.
“With its easy cultivation and vast environmental and economic potential, industrial hemp cultivation can be the way forward for the growth of sustainable value chains in local and regional markets for many developing countries,”
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Hemp stalks can be used to make carbon char, activated with organic matter and buried in the ground, locking in the CO2 and significantly boosting food crop yields during crop rotation.
Hemp can be used to make over 25,000 different products, via greatly varying levels of manufacturing sophistication. The economies of participating nations will grow, as they process the hemp into increasingly more value added products for export.
Many products which are currently made of oil based plastic can be replaced by hemp based plastic, thus significantly reducing pollution levels. According to the OECD, only 9% of all plastics ever made have been recycled.
Carbon intensive building materials can be replaced by easily produced hemp based materials which lock CO2 into buildings, making them carbon negative.