HEMP PLASTIC POTENTIAL PRODUCTS
Coke-a-Cola’s PlantBottle – currently uses sugarcane and waste from sugarcane manufacturing
HEMP PLASTICS IN THE NEWS
HEMP CELLULOSE FIBERS A GOOD SOURCE FOR MANY PLASTICS
Some of the earliest plastics were made from cellulose fibers obtained from organic, non-petroleum-based sources.
“Hemp cellulose can be extracted and used to make cellophane, rayon, celluloid and a range of related plastics,” reported Seshata, a writer at Sensi Seeds in 2014. “Hemp is known to contain around 65-70% cellulose, and is considered a good source (wood contains around 40%, flax 65-75%, and cotton up to 90%) that has particular promise due to its relative sustainability and low environmental impact.”
While 100% hemp-based plastic is still a rarity, some “composite bioplastics” — plastics made from a combination of hemp and other plant sources — are already in use. Thanks to their high strength and rigidity, these plastics are currently used in the construction of cars, boats, and even musical instruments.