Hemp is a robust and durable hemp construction material that has been around for centuries. It was used to create clothing and sails for boats in the past. Today hemp is being incorporated into buildings as an alternative to wood, which can be environmentally destructive because of rainforest deforestation. The hemp plant overgrows without pesticides or fertilizers. It absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere while growing, making hemp an ecologically sustainable choice.
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Hemp can be used for hempcrete, hemp insulation, and hemp plasters. Hempcrete is a mixture of hemp hurds (shives) and lime that hardens over time into a hemp stone material with many uses, such as wall construction or flooring. It is often mixed with water then applied to the wooden framework in the building process.
Hemp insulation consists of pressurized hemp shivs bound together using resin binding agents, creating what looks like pink rock wool made from recycled fibers; it’s an environmentally friendly alternative to fiberglass insulation because it doesn’t get moldy or rot like wood does when exposed to moisture.
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