While hemp was previously produced in the U.S. for hundreds of years, its usage diminished in favor of alternatives.
Hemp fiber, for instance, which had been used to make rope and clothing, was replaced by less expensive jute and abaca imported from Asia. Ropes made from these materials were lighter and more buoyant, and more resistant to salt water than hemp rope, which required tarring.
Improvements in technology further contributed to the decline in hemp usage. The cotton gin, for example, eased the harvesting of cotton, which replaced hemp in the manufacture of textiles.
Some of the earliest plastics were made from cellulose fibers obtained from organic, non-petroleum-based sources such as CBD biomass. The cost of these bioplastics was higher than traditional plastics.
As the industry shifted away from hemp products, regulation got stricter, making it less profitable than other less regulated materials.
Today the industry is shifting back to hemp products. There are many advantages to hemp. It is biodegradable, renewable and versatile.
Recent technology has opened the door to a new type of eco-friendly polymer. No longer reliant on petroleum, these bio-plastics are renewable, sustainable and often made using agricultural waste.
Hemp plastic will be a game changer for many industries especially consumer products.
Eco-friendly products ensure a more sustainable future.
Variety of processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object. 3D printing is used in both rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing
Method of fabrication in which a heated plastic mass is forced into the share of a mold cavity by internal gas pressure.
Is a film made by depositing a layer of plastic, either molten, in solution, or in a dispersion, onto a surface, solidifying and removing the film from the surface. Films can also be made from Extrusion.
The method of molding a material already in a confined cavity by applying pressure and usually heat. This process if often used in closure manufacturing.
Process in which heated plastic is forced through a shaping orifice (a die) in one continuously formed shape, as in film, sheet, rod or tubing
The process of forming a material by forcing it, in a molten state and under pressure, into the cavity of a closed mold. This is the most common production method used with Hemp Plastics.
Molding process where pulverized resin is placed in the mold at high rotational speed to ensure resin dispersion. Once in place, the resin is baked in the mold to form the usable part. This process is used often to manufacture large, heavy plastic parts.
Forming process in which a heated plastic sheet is molded through heat and pressure and trimmed to create a usable product. This process is often used in multi-layer packaging.
Plastic that repeatedly can be softened by heating and hardened by cooling. In the softened state can be shaped. 90% of plastics are produced in this form.
Plastic that, after having been cured by heat or other means, is substantially, infusible and insoluble.
Method of forming articles by fusing a plastic material in a chamber and then forcing essentially the whole mass into a hot mold where it solidifies.
Forming process in which a heated plastic sheet is drawn against the mold surface by evacuating the air between it and the mold.
New Generation Plastics
Though the cost of cannabis derived bio-plastic is higher, the environmental impact is vast. The rise in demand and environmental consciousness empowers use of extracted hemp biomass in the cannabis industry and beyond.
Current plastic is destroying the environment, it is time to take a step back to protect the planet and give your product a competitive edge with biodegradable hemp plastic.