Virtually all environmental scientists agree that we must replace our dependence on fossil fuels and harmful industrial practices which continue to hurt our planet. At the rate we're going we need to look into lasting solutions before we no longer have the choice and always choose to be kinder to our home. Many companies, unfortunately, are taking advantage of this type of marketing in the industry and package and label products as biodegradable which can be misleading. The term has become cheapened as it's defined by "any material that breaks down into something". In some instances that something, breaks down into harmful and toxic substances and does not contribute to the ecosystem in which they degrade. In other instances, these materials won’t degrade at all unless certain environmental conditions are present such as rain or moisture.
Although Biodegradable products break down and can be recycled we need to strive for products and packaging that are fully compostable. Compostable products are always biodegradable and will completely break down and dissolved no matter how you dispose of it. You can ask yourself if you throw this product away in either a trash can, composting facility or on the street (not that I'm condoning littering) will it dissolve over time?
For instance, a plastic bottle will take 1,000 years even up to a decade to dissolve, now a bottle that's made from hemp will only take up to 80 days to dissolve! Hemp is the clear winner here which is why we should begin to replace fossil fuel-based plastics with hemp bioplastics.
Hemp is a biodegradable and compostable nutrient-rich plant, which also enriches the soil. This process that happens within the land is called bioremediation, which is using natural biological organisms to solve an environmental challenge. Hemp has proved promising as it's known for cleaning metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil and other toxins seeping out of landfills. In other studies, it was used to remove radioactive elements from the soil and water at a weapons facility. It’s truly surprising that hemp isn’t in wider spread use.
Another example of how hemp can heal the environment is in our clothing production. We live in a consumer economy more than ever before, the fashion industry being one of the top polluters in the world. Many claim the second-largest industrial polluter to oil. This is a huge deal but unfortunately, most of the world is unaware of this statistic.
Those who are aware have been switching to sustainable fashion and choosing to wear only clothes made from sustainable materials.
Hemp may just be the most sustainable fabric out there compared to organic cotton, bamboo, linen and more. Check out brands like Hemptailor who are striving to leave the Earth better than we found it and are open about their needs to continue improving on sustainability. Hemp fabrics are also hypoallergic making it an excellent upgrade for ideas like hospital sheets, given how safe hemp is for the patients as well as being recyclable. It is clear that we must begin to make this shift towards hemp in several industries if we want to have a healthy and happy planet for our future generations to come. Hemp is not only better for our people but it's better for our planet.