Hemp plastic sounds crazy because we’re so used to our regular plastic bottles and other poly products we use every day. In the United States alone, 35 billion water bottles are thrown out annually which negatively impacts our ecosystem. That plastic is actually helping to deteriorate coral reefs and kill thousands of animals a year. The plastic we have now is packed full with BPA and it is estimated that 93% of Americans over the age of 6 will test positive for BPA traces. Now is the time to explore what other alternatives there are.
One of the reasons plastic today is so toxic is because it takes years to finally decompose. Hemp plastic, however, is bio-degradable and, in the right environment, will decompose in as little as 3-6 months. It can be recycled indefinitely, which is a huge upgrade to the plastic that is chemically laden to recycle.
Hemp plastic is totally non-toxic and doesn't contain endocrine disruptors. These disruptors are harmful to us because they stimulate the growth of tumors and can lead to birth defects, learning disabilities and cancer, just to name a few. Producing hemp plastic also doesn't release toxins into the air like producing regular plastic does.
Animals, much like humans, were not made to consume plastics. By 2050 it is estimated that 99% of all waterbirds will have traces of plastic in their stomachs. If humans started to use hemp plastic we could end up creating sustainable initiatives to recycle hemp plastic safely and help to bring countless species of animals back from the brink of extinction.
Hemp could help our planet and our species in more ways than just using it as plastic. Large corporations don't realize that they could still be profitable without harming our planet. Younger generations are starting to realize that hemp can help, and are taking the initiative to start up hemp-based companies to help make our economy, environment and lives become better.