Hemp production for paper will reduce the amount of trees harvested for the nearly 80 million tons of paper used in the U.S. each year. Hemp was the major feedstock for paper production globally for 2,000 years until the 1880s. It declined with US Federal regulations against the crop (repealed in 2018) completely unrelated to its suitability for paper. Because hemp stalks contain a much higher percentage of cellulose than trees and grow more rapidly, one acre of hemp can supply the equivalent raw material for paper production of at least four acres of forest.
Hemp fibers are naturally stronger and more recyclable than tree fibers, and are also whiter, requiring less bleaching in production. From seed to harvest, hemp grows in 180 days with the potential of a multi-harvest year, depending on climate.
The production of plastics in the U.S. alone results in over 150 billion pounds of petroleum-based material every year. Hemp stalk can be micronized, pelletized, and mixed into plastic resins at up to 25% by weight of the components currently used to manufacture virgin plastic.
Using hemp-based materials in the production of plastics, including PLA, polypropylene, HDPE, ABS, and others results in a more sustainable version of the product without compromising quality or raw material cost.
Hemp seeds are a nutrient-dense, protein-rich grain that has the potential to help mitigate the current global animal feed shortage. Current global market-size has reached an unprecedented 1 billion tons of animal feed produced each year, and with an ever increasing appetite, scarcity of resources (such as nitrogen), and soil nutrient depletion, the need for a protein alternative is imperative.
When compared to traditional animal feed proteins, like corn or soybeans, hemp seeds are similar in protein and carbohydrates and are even richer in key compounds like Omega 3 and other fatty acids.
element6 Dynamics, formerly Santa Fe Farms, provides nature-based solutions to industry that accelerate the regeneration of the planet by addressing its serious carbon imbalance. Its large-scale cultivation of industrial hemp will sequester vast amounts of carbon and be processed into essential value-added hemp-derived materials for major paper/pulp, plastics, and animal feed manufacturers that further impact the planet by reducing tree harvesting, hydrocarbon emissions, and livestock methane emissions. The company will also be both a net-negative carbon business and an important source of nature-based carbon offsets used by enterprises seeking to reduce their carbon footprint to meet their ESG goals and/or regulatory requirements.