Hemp plastic – the future of bioplastics.
Henry Ford designed and built a car from compression-molded hemp and other natural fibers. He designed it to run on hemp biomass fuel. Henry Ford was my first inspiration to bring to market a biodegradable hemp plastic in 1998.
Hemp plastic (a bioplastic) is now used to make cars. There are companies in the U.S. and Europe who make door panels and dashboards by compressing hemp fibers and adding resin or plastic or injection moulding into form. Ford, Mercedes Benz and others have replaced more expensive and dangerous fiberglass with hemp. These cars are on the roads today! Click on the picture above and see a close up of some of the hemp parts.
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Hemp plastic today is used as a reinforcing agent in injection mouldable and other forms of biodegradable bioplastics. 50-100% hemp blends are available today that may produce everything from mobile phone cases to cosmetic jars and CD cases. Many multi-nationals are now preparing injection moulding hemp bioplastic products for market. We love to hear about new ideas for hemp plastic products that help contribute to the widespread use of hemp bioplastic.
Henry Ford was fond of saying, “Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down if we can get the equivalent of forests and mineral products from the annual growth of the fields?“
George Washington Carver had a response: “I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this earth to give us a breathing spell. As we exhaust our finite resources, we must be prepared to fall back on our farms, which is Gods true storehouse and can never be exhausted. We can learn to synthesize material for every human need from things that grow.”
That “breathing spell” ended 60 years ago when Henry Ford built his car. Since then, we have cut down half of the worlds forests, a primary source of clean air. Only 3 percent of the U.S. original forests still remain. Much of Australia’s old-growth forests are being cut down for wood chips. If we dont start using hemp to help build our societies, what will we use?
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