Hot consumer products made from Hemp
Industrial hemp can be used in an estimated 50,000 different products across a wide spectrum of industries: from textiles to food products, building materials to bio-plastics, nutraceuticals to nanomaterials, ethanol to animal bedding.
The introduction of industrial hemp-based materials in the consumer products marketplace has been growing steadily over the last two decades as more industrialized countries allow farming, processing and manufacturing. Here’s a sample of intriguing products that use industrial hemp as either a primary or secondary raw material.
Sunglasses and Ski Goggles
Hemp Eyewear recently developed the first hemp-based sunglasses with a frame made from an industrial hemp fiber composite that is durable, long-lasting and stylish. The company raised over $50,000 from Kickstarter and BackerKit and has recently begun shipping orders.
Bosky Ski Goggles features a flexible plant-based urethane frame, tear-resistant hemp ventilation system and non-toxic 100 percent recycled Polartec fleece face cushioning. In a crowded marketplace, the Bosky goggles are the first polyurethane foam-free product and hemp ventilation system to make it to commercialization.
Hemp has been an ingredient in the papermaking process since the advent of paper by the Chinese almost 2,000 years ago. For the last 130 years, hemp has been all but eliminated from the papermaking process with the development of wood-based pulping techniques.
But today hemp is making a comeback with specialty papers and new processing techniques, from bio-refining to 21st century decortication technology breathing new life into the market. Several entities are looking at a variety of hemp raw materials to incorporate into numerous paper products that include fine-art paper, packaging board stocks, soft tissue products, rolling papers, and commercial grade printing paper in a variety of different paper weights.
Greenfield Paper Company in San Diego has been making commercial grade hemp paper since the 1990s.
Hemp Composites for Automobiles
High-end automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar and Volkswagen have been using hemp-based composites and plastics for interior door paneling, dashboards, body molding and hemp-based textiles for interior upholstery. Today, auto manufacturers — and even budding independent aircraft entrepreneurs — are looking to include more hemp and natural fiber products into their production models to lighten, strengthen and make their products more fuel- efficient and environmentally friendly.
Recently the Renew Sports Car fulfills Henry Ford’s vision to “grow cars from the soil.” The lightweight, low-carbon footprint body is made from industrial hemp and can be configured in gas or electric versions up to 525 horsepower.
Hemp foods have been categorized as super-foods and are the leading market driver for hemp products in the United States. There are dozens of hemp-based food brands lining shelves at natural grocers like Whole Foods, Sprouts and Trader Joe’s as well as big-box retailers like Sam’s Club, Costco and Target.
High in protein, balanced in omega 3, 6 and 9, full of antioxidants, amino acids and other essential nutrients, products including hemp milk, hulled and toasted seeds, energy bars, hemp seed oil, cereal and hemp protein powder are finding their way into the diets of health-conscious consumers.
Hemp Building Materials
Sustainable building practices are on the rise to create more resource-efficient models for construction, renovation, operation, maintenance and demolition. Using industrial hemp fiber and hurd derived from the stalks, dozens of products are being created that are environmentally superior to the wood and petroleum-based products that have traditionally been used.
Industrial hemp can be made into insulation, hempcrete, particle board, plaster, roofing, flooring and finishing products such as caulking, sealants, varnishes and paints. Using these materials offers significant environmental benefits including regulating warm and cool temperatures and reducing energy costs. Hemp is also non-toxic and is considered a carbon-sink as it traps carbon dioxide when it accumulates.
One of the most exciting innovations in the last few years is the development of graphene-like nano-sheets used for supercapacitor electrodes created from industrial hemp bast fiber. This material exhibits excellent electrochemical performance at a significantly lower cost to that of industry standard graphene materials.
Researchers in Canada have been producing favorable data that indicate hemp-based supercapacitors offer an affordable next generation energy source to replace rechargeable batteries for applications such as electric cars, power tools and mobile devices.
Hemp 3-D Printing Filament and Bio-plastics
Hemp is making it’s way into a variety of plastic-based applications, and manufacturers are beginning to take a serious look at greening up their offerings with hemp while reducing the use of petroleum and synthetic materials. Several developers are working on 3-D printing filaments made from industrial hemp and other plant-based materials.
Lotus Skateboards, Kanesis and Matterlabs are just a few of the companies exploring small-scale 3-D hemp printing ideas. Envirock Rapid Building Systems has developed a full-scale onsite Monolithic 3-D Building System that prints dome-style structures from 200 square feet to 1,800 square feet, in one or two level configurations. Look for significant advancement of hemp-based 3-D printing technology in the coming years.
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Hemp CBD Nutraceutical and Nutritional Products
In our recently release CBD Report, our analysts covered the biggest buzz in the world of industrial hemp that is the explosion of non-psychoactive CBD nutraceutical and nutritional products. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of over 100 cannabinoids currently identified in the chemical makeup of the cannabis plant.
Commercial CBD products contain THC levels less than .3 percent and are being sold throughout the U.S. in foods, tinctures, salves, lotions, beverages, capsules and patches.
The majority of the CBD in these products is being imported from the United Kingdom, but domestic production in Colorado and Kentucky is beginning to enter the supply chain. Companies such as CBDRx, Elite Cannabis Enterprises, Pure Hemp Botanicals and CV Sciences are a few of the early-stage organizations leading the way in U.S. CBD development.
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Hemp for Soil Remediation and Reclamation
Industrial hemp has long been considered a good rotational crop because of its ability to detoxify and replenish the soil with nutrients from crops that use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. It has also been tested with favorable results for phytoremediation in areas where lands are contaminated with various pollutants such as heavy metals, crude oil, chemicals and solvents.
Taking that one step further, several companies have been developing products using the hurd for oil and chemical spill reclamation as well as loss-circulation materials. Hemp hurd is porous, extremely absorbent and performs like a sponge. Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC has two products on the market currently: DrillWall for loss circulation materials and SpillSuck for oil and chemical spill reclamation.
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