Hemp is a weed that grows quickly and without the need for pesticides. It takes up less space than trees, produces more pulp per acre, and is biodegradable. Not only does it return nutrients to the soil and sequester carbon dioxide, but industrial hemp is also lighter and less expensive to process than wood. An acre of hemp planted for 40 years has 400% more usable fiber than an acre of trees during its 40-year life cycle.
Hemp is the most efficient source of biomass in the world, taking only 91 days to generate stems with all their CO2 content and ready to be processed. Industrial hemp is lighter, stronger, and more cost-effective than wood products. Four acres of trees produce the same amount of cellulose fiber as just one acre of hemp, and it takes only 100 days for hemp to reach a stage where its fibers can be used. On the other hand, it takes a minimum of 50 to 100 years for a tree to reach a similar stage.
Hemp can reach an impressive height of up to 20 feet when it's ready for harvest. Hemp is also much better for the environment than agroforestry. A researcher from the University of Cambridge revealed that hemp crops can capture atmospheric carbon more effectively than forests, while providing carbon-free biomaterials. Trees take a long time to grow, which is why they are cut down faster than we can replace them.
On average, trees are 10 to 30 years old before being used as paper. Hemp, on the other hand, takes between 60 and 90 days to reach maturity. Hemp is also incredibly resilient and can thrive regardless of soil or air quality, or with limited rainfall. It requires few fertilizers or pesticides and can be harvested and turned into paper after one season.
Hemp clothing is also odour-resistant, breathable, UV-protective and fire-resistant. Hemp can be used as an alternative to concrete, metal, carpets, wood and insulation in building structures such as houses. It can also be recycled up to seven times, while tree paper can only be recycled up to three times. In conclusion, hemp has many advantages over trees when it comes to environmentalism and sustainability.
It grows quickly without the need for pesticides or herbicides, requires few fertilizers or pesticides, and can be recycled multiple times. Hemp is also lighter, stronger and more cost-effective than wood products.