Hemp Plastic For Safe Environment

Mother Nature has given immense benefits to human beings for their better living. But the negligence of human beings towards nature has created a mess all around the environment. One of the major causes of this problem is the use of non-biodegradable products such as polythenes, plastic bottles etc. which does not break down easily and hence creates a drastic problem on atmosphere as well as biodiversity. These non-biodegradable products have a long-lasting negative effect on the environment. It is estimated between 250 to 300 million tons of plastics are manufactured every year. 10% of plastics are recycled, the rest of it goes to landfills or ends up as litter in the environment (www.hempme.com.au).One of the solutions to get out of this problem is the creation of HEMP PLASTIC. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is cultivated specifically for industrial uses. Hemp is one of the most useful plants on earth with a variety of applications including manufacture sustainable bioplastic, which is done made using industrial hemp. The most common type of hemp plastic are those plastics which infuse hemp fibers. Hemp plastic is environmentally safe, non- toxic and 100% biodegradable as they can be degraded by microorganism under appropriate conditions. The benefit of using hemp fibers lies in that less plastic is used (less oil, less pollution) and a more durable, biodegradable product is generated.

Hemp plastic is stiffer and stronger than polypropylene plastic. In addition to this, it does not have any health and safety risks associated with certain plastics that are reinforced with glass fibers. These innovative properties of hemp plastics could serve the nature in an improved and safe way.

Source- http://hempwaterbottles.tripod.com/what-is-hemp-plastic.html

By:- Dr. Neha Tiwari Joshi
Department of Botany.
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital