Hemp fibre is one of the strongest, longest and most durable vegetable fibres. Hemp fabrics have superior qualities such as UV resistance, distinctive feel, antibacterial properties, and breathability. Hemp fibre can be spun as smooth as silk or as coarse as burlap.
Hemp fibre is prized for its strength, length and durability and makes outstanding twine, ropes and fibre-mats.
Hemp fibre is used in industrial products for both its technological and ecological benefits. One of the biggest markets currently is the automobile industry, where hemp fibre is replacing fibreglass in interior panels.
Hemp paper does not need chlorine bleach in its manufacturing, does not yellow and lasts a long time, making it ideal for use in cigarette paper and bibles. Hemp’s long, strong fibres also make it ideal for making durable cardboard and packaging. One acre of hemp can provide as much as four times as much pulp as an acre of trees, on a sustainable basis.
Hemp produces a large amount of biomass, which can be converted into ethanol to be used as fuel as an environmentally friendly alternative to toxic petro-chemicals. The by-products from this process include foods, animal feeds, biochemicals, liquid fuels, organic chemicals and various materials, making it a much more attractive option to oil refineries.
Hemps applications in the building industry range from a strong, light and durable cement, when mixed with lime, to environmentally friendly insulation, to an input for fibreboard.
Due to its high absorbency rate and quick decomposition, hemp has several applications as an industrial product.