Why Did We Stop Using Hemp to
As the technology and machines to extract pulp from trees developed, industries started using the wood pulp to make paper. Since the 19th century, wood is the primary paper source and is considered to be five to six times cheaper than hemp to produce paper.
Nowadays, however, hemp paper products are not entirely gone. This raw material is mostly used for cigarette papers, banknotes, and other specialty paper products. Although producing hemp paper could be more expensive than producing paper from wood pulp, it is an eco-friendly option.
What Are the Benefits of
Hemp Paper Products?
Since not many manufacturers have the equipment to process hemp fiber, it can be more costly. However, there are some astounding benefits from growing hemp compared to growing wood for paper.
Hemp Grows Faster Than Trees
It is known that the hemp plant grows fast and is ready for harvest in around four months. Trees, on the other hand, can take years to grow and be ready for harvest. Yes, manufacturers may need to make massive investments to process hemp pulp for paper. However, instead of harvesting once a decade, they could harvest in an annual base. Plus, the other parts of the hemp plant can be sold as a raw material to other industries.
Hemp Has More
Cellulose Than Trees
Cellulose is the main ingredient needed to manufacture paper. While wood usually has around 40-50% of cellulose, hemp bast fibers can have up to 77% of cellulose.
Hemp Has Less Lignin
Hemp also has a smaller amount of lignin (5-9%) when woody core fibers can have up to 35%. Lignin is comparable to a glue that holds the cellulose fibers together and needs to be removed using harsh chemicals.
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So, are you convinced about getting
into the hemp industry?
After reading and understanding more about this booming industry, how do you feel? Are you excited as we are? The possibilities with hemp are endless!
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