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A Short History of Hemp in America

The Early Days

The history of hemp in the USA has similar roots to Australia.

Winding the clock back to 1609, the first British settlement in America was established in Jamestown, Virginia, Hemp was an essential agricultural crop used to make many critical products for early settlers.

From the sails they used to sail to “The New World“, to paper, lamp fuels, rope and much more…

There were many founding fathers of America that not only advocated for the many uses of hemp and its many uses and benefits – but also grew hemp themselves, the most notable example was George Washington, who grew hemp on his very own estate!

In 1619, just 10 years after settling, America’s first hemp law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia, effectively ordering all farmers to grow the “Indian hemp seed”.

Hemp was even used as a legal tender, and many other colonies adopted this throughout the 17th & 18th centuries.

Hemp remained a legal tender across most of the Americas until the early 1800’s – You could even pay your taxes with hemp!

Prohibition

Things were great for hemp in America until the early 1900s where we saw prejudice grow for our Mexican friends who introduced America to recreational use after the Mexican Revolution of 1910 which saw Mexican immigrants flood into the U.S.

In 1930 Harry J. Anslinger becomes the first Commissioner of the newly created Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the next year 29 states had outlawed it.

In 1932 Harry pushes the “Uniform State Narcotics Act” on individual states. by 1936 America had succumbed to hysteria and had reached a fever pitch with the infamous “Reefer Madness”, a propaganda film produced by the French director, Louis Gasnier & The Motion Pictures Association of America, composed of the major Hollywood studios, banned the showing of any narcotics in films.

In a strange twist of fate, just 4 years later during WW2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its “Hemp for Victory” program, encouraging farmers to plant hemp by giving out seeds and granting draft deferments to those who would stay home and grow hemp. By 1943 American farmers registered in the program harvested 375,000 acres of hemp.

Soon after the war ended, ushered in a period of around 50 years of increased restrictions like; Boggs Act 1952 and Narcotics Control Act 1956 – while starting in the 60’s a cannabis counterculture started to rise, but even after reports commissioned by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson found that marijuana use did not induce violence nor lead to the use of heavier drugs, the draconian prohibition continued right through to Bush’s war on drugs in 1989.

Modern Days

It wasn’t until 1996 when California voters passed Proposition 215 allowing for the sale and medical use of marijuana for patients with AIDS, cancer, and other serious and painful diseases. This law stands in tension with federal laws prohibiting the possession of marijuana.

Since then, almost half of the states in the USA have legalized recreational use – which goes to show just how far we’ve come as a society in the last century.  But today, we want to focus on Industrial Hemp in particular. 

As of 2022, industrial Hemp has made a huge comeback in America, and numerous states have even started tapping into medical and recreational cannabis markets. It’s safe to say people power pulled through in the end, and this war is coming to an end.  

So, what does America do with Hemp these days?  Read on to learn about the modern industry!

President Obama Signs Farm Bill With Amendment To Allow Industrial Hemp Research

In 2014 President Obama signed the Farm Bill which contains an amendment to legalize hemp production for research purposes.  

“With the U.S. hemp industry estimated at over $500 million in annual retail sales and growing, a change in federal law to allow colleges and universities to grow hemp for research means that we will finally begin to regain the knowledge that unfortunately has been lost over the past fifty years,” says Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra.

“This is the first time in American history that industrial hemp has been legally defined by our federal government as distinct from drug varieties of Cannabis. The market opportunities for hemp are incredibly promising-ranging from textiles and health foods to home construction and even automobile manufacturing. This is not just a boon to U.S. farmers, this is a boon to U.S. manufacturing industries as well.”

Hemp Foods In America

Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a prominent sector in the American hemp industry due to the diverse range of culinary ingredients that can be made from them, and the spectrum of meals they can be used in.

The primary food products that are derived from the seed are; Hulled Hemp Seeds, Hemp Seed Oil, Hemp Flour & Hemp Protein Powder.

In recent years there has been a whole range of secondary products popping up that use hemp seed derivatives as a primary ingredient. These include chocolates, tea, coffee, energy bars, breakfast cereals & even alcohol!

More recently we’ve seen a trend (that we’re 100% behind and eagerly await Australian law and regulations to catch up on) with other parts of the hemp plant such as hemp leaves, roots and micro-greens.

Micro-greens

Hemp micro-greens are one of the newest areas of interest, much like other micro-greens.

The seeds are planted, sprouted, and then harvested as seedlings. 

The dense nutritional properties are highly desirable in favourites like smoothies and pizzas.

Hemp Leaves

Hemp leaves are another recent trend in the hemp food space. 

They contain an impressive list of nutrients, some of which are unique to the leaves in particular.

Juicing fresh leaves is a great way to take advantage of this, but some people are even grinding and pre-drying it like a super greens powder or deep-frying the whole leaves for decorative effect.  

Hemp Fashion in America

Although the origins of Hemp Clothing can be traced back approximately 10,000 years, it wasn’t until new industrial methods of softening hemp fibres & fabric were developed in the 1980s that 100% hemp clothing gained popularity.

In traditional processing, water is carried away, then the fibre is separated from the core (which is not used in fabric production) by hand and with sanding rollers and special brushes. The fibre is then spun and woven into a piece of organic fabric.

Its roughness was a major problem, however, which meant that hemp clothing remained a “poor man’s choice of clothing” for hundreds of years. The hemp needed to be softened, but a traditional method that used acids to remove the lignin (organic glue that makes the fibres stiff) didn’t work well, weakening the hemp fibres and reducing their durability.

Hemp Building in America

The most sustainable building material is not concrete or steel, but renewable hemp. Hemp structures come from Roman times, tracing back to a hemp mortar bridge that was built in the 6th century when France was still called Gaul.

Now a wave of builders and botanists are working to renew this market. The mixture of woody hemp fibres with lime results in a natural and light concrete that retains the thermal mass and is very insulating. No pests, no mould, good acoustics, low humidity, no pesticide. It grows from seed to harvest in about four months.

However, special permits are required to build with hemp in the United States.

Requirements may vary by county and state.

The first modern hemp house was built in North Carolina in 2010.

It’s still early days for the American hemp construction industry & production remains a major roadblock for widespread adoption.

We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences with your own hemp culture – Leave a comment below!

Wow – 2021 is already at an end!  What a ride it’s been. Margaret River Hemp Co has made leaps & bounds despite the current state of the world, and we are very excited to continue the momentum through to 2022. 

This short article will cover some of our notable milestones and achievements that made our year.  

Before we get started, we want to extend a big thank you to the WA government for supporting the opening of our new processing facility.  Huge thanks to our teams in the stores, builders, family, and of course, our beloved customers who get us through testing years such as the last two.  We wouldn’t have been able to make so much progress if not for all of you!

So, what did 2021 have in store for Margaret River Hemp Co?  What can you expect from us through 2022? Read on to find out!

2021 At Margaret River Hemp Co

Minister Opened Margaret River Hemp Processing.

One of the first & most significant milestones in 2021 was opening our brand new processing facility & company ‘Margaret River Hemp Processing’.  The minister came along to cut the red tape and check out the WA government’s latest investment in the up-and-coming industrial Hemp space.  This facility marks the beginning of a monumental growth phase in the Western Australian Hemp industry. We’re excited to finally offer local farmers the ability to process their Hemp in their state. 

Margaret River Hemp Co | Margaret River Hemp Processing Facility

Hemp Cutter Arrived From Eastern Europe.

To compliment Margaret River Hemp Co’s new processing facility, we also landed the opportunity to purchase a Hemp Cutter.  The Hemp Cutter is state-of-the-art harvesting machinery and immediately streamlined the harvesting stage of Hemp farming.  Not only are we able to move faster, but we’re also able to cut the perfect sized stalks for processing.  This is the first of its kind in Australia and the highest industry standard in the world.

Finished WA’s First Hemp Grown & Built Home.

After trialling our harvesting and processing equipment, the time came to create!  In true Margaret River Hemp Co fashion, the first application of our Hemp hurd was building a Hemp home.  Once completed, the project marked the first WA grown, processed, & made Hempcrete house – the first of many to come from Hemp Homes Australia!  Keep an ear out for some noise from Hemp Homes Australia, which we’ll be putting a lot of focus into over the next year.

Released Our YouTube Videos  – Our Story

We began filming for our brand story series in the second half of the year.  In this six-part series of short videos, we go through every project we’re involved in and how they benefit both consumers & the planet.  Head over to our YouTube channel and check out what we’ve been up to!

Successful 2021 Growing Season – Super Tall Hemp!!

The crops we grew this year produced incredible outcomes!  Very tall plants offered a significant amount of stalk, which we processed into hurd and fibre.  The harvests provided the perfect opportunity to test our new equipment and start working out the best settings for optimal production.

Finalist For The Community Achievement Award WA

We just found out that we are finalists for the community achievement award in Western Australia!  It’s an absolute honour to be considered & recognised as contributors to our community.  We are humbled by the opportunity and look forward to serving the greatest state in Australia.

2022 – What’s In Store For HempCo

ABC TV show 2022,

The ABC graced us with their presence when they spent three days filming with us for a feature on one of their shows. We can’t say too much yet, but we can’t wait to tell everyone which show it will be. You can expect to see this aired in the middle of the year, but we’ll make sure to let you all know where you can catch it as soon as we’re allowed!

Wellbeing Magazine

Wellbeing magazine is running an article on us in their February publication. We won’t ruin the surprise yet, but keep an eye out if you’re a regular reader!  If you’re not, we’ll make sure to get the article up on our website so you can check it out once it’s published.  We can’t thank the media sources enough for all the coverage as of late; it’s such an incredible opportunity to educate people on the potential of Hemp!

Lots Of New Products

Hemp Co has so many new products coming out next year, and we’re very excited to start sharing them with you soon!  Among the latest releases, you can expect to see 17 new skincare products drop into our already extensive range.  We’ll also be releasing our pet range, including pet bedding for guinea pigs to equine horses made from our own Hemp Hurd.

Processing facility working towards full capacity

As we begin to take on more jobs from farmers and expand our operations, we will be striving to max out the production capacity of our processing facility.  Once we’ve met the demand for raw materials to supply our projects, we’ll be able to provide hopeful Greentrepreneurs with fibre and hurd for their ideas. 

Wrap Up/Final Words

Well, that’s a wrap for 2021!  What a year it’s been.  We can’t wait to dive head-first into 2022 and back it up yet again.  The Australian Hemp industry is just getting warmed up, and everyone participating sure has their work cut out for them.  

Did you have a favourite project in 2021?  Are you looking forward to something in particular in 2022?  Let us know!  We value your feedback dearly. 

See you next year, everyone!

Margaret River Hemp Processing was conceptualised with the intention to provide raw Hemp-derived materials to supply for our projects & eventually the passions of others.

After the crop is grown and harvested, the next step is Hemp Processing.  As we’ve mentioned previously, this used to be an extensive and costly process, and we’ll get to some examples later.  The bottom line is that we can’t make the raw materials into finished products without processing.  In 2021, we opened our very own Hemp Processing facility to encourage the local industry.

There is a wide range of possibilities when it comes to Hemp products.  We’re talking clothing, cars, houses, food, skincare, and so much more.

We want to start by extending a big thank you to the WA government for including funding in their business grant in 2021, and we can’t wait to show everybody why it was such a marvellous decision!

This week we’re going to look at Margaret River Hemp Processing, the new facility, and all the fun we can have now that we have the necessary resources.

History of Australian Hemp Processing

When it comes to Hemp processing in Australia, the technology is still catching up to the rest of the world.  Back when Australia was colonised, settlers were given Hemp seeds and encouraged to grow the plant. 

The fibre was used to make sails, clothing, and canvas.  However, this was usually a manual process that involved a great deal of physical labour.  The Australian government put the Australian Hemp industry to rest before civilisation started making significant mechanical processing and automation advances.

Before the processing facility we recently opened in Western Australia, we sent our harvested Hemp interstate for processing.  Some farmers even sent theirs overseas!  However, Australia is finally catching up. 

There are now several processing facilities to which people can send their Hemp seed. Still, Margaret River Hemp Processing is currently operating one of the few fibre processing facilities in the country.    

What was once a process that demanded significant human resources is now semi-automated by mechanical processes.  Whilst countries like China are rather far ahead of us in the field, the recent chance for Australia to step up to the plate is a tremendous opportunity.

What Materials Can Margaret River Hemp Processing Provide?

A shot from our Margaret River Hemp Processing factory
Margaret River Hemp Processing – Our brand new Hemp processing facility in Western Australia

The most exciting thing about the new processing facility is that we have finally broken ground when it comes to fibre processing for local Hemp farmers in WA.  Once our facility is running at full capacity, we’ll be able to supply the Australian Hemp industry with raw materials for research, development, and manufacturing.  Margaret River Hemp Processing will be supplying two primary materials; Hemp hurd and hemp bast fibre.  

Here’s what we plan to do with it.

Hemp Hurd

Hemp hurd is one of the two main byproducts of the stalk and can be used in several commercial products.  Our Hemp hurd currently has two purposes: building houses and making pet bedding.  However, many more opportunities await those stepping into the space.  Products like Hemp plastic, paper, and timber are all on the cards, and we expect aspiring entrepreneurs in the space will soon begin to step up and make these ideas a commercial reality.

Hemp Bast Fibre

Bast fibre is the term used to describe the ‘skin’ of the stalks.  The fibrous layers are separated from the wooden core making two byproducts from one part of the plant.  We’re not actively making commercial products from our bast fibre, but we’re considering different ways to utilise it instead of selling it or laying it to waste.  Like hurd, we can leverage the cellulose content of bast fibre to make products like paper, plastic, and wood. 

The unique possibilities from Hemp bast fibre lay in the potential to make Hemp clothing, apparel, and other textile-based products.  Additionally, scientists have been researching the potential of treating Hemp fibre with heat & pressure to turn it into a superconductor for things like microchips and energy storage devices.   

What Products Will Result From Our Hemp Processing Facility?

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Initially, we intend to use our processing facility to process for hurd and fibre that we can make two particular products with.

The bast fibre from our crops has also been sent out to researchers to investigate the potential for a push towards an Australian hemp fabric industry.  However, there is still a long way to go before we see this happening at scale.  

While we’re on the topic… You can actually check out the second episode in our 6-part series about what we’re doing here.  Just hit play!

Wrap Up/Final Words

So, are you as excited as we are?  There’s some serious momentum building in the Australian Hemp industry, and the future is looking bright green. 

Now you’ve learned more about how we plan to utilise our processing facility, head over to our YouTube channel and check out the rest of our operation.  We’re aiming for full transparency, and hoping that it can inspire people to do the same thing.  After all, the more participants, the faster progress will manifest.

We’d love to hear your opinion!  And please get in touch if you have any questions in regards to services, opportunities, and plans in the space.  If you have any ideas, we might even be able to point you in the right direction and help you get started.

Surely you’ve heard by now – Hemp textiles are making a huge comeback in fashion and industry! As one of the first fibres ever documented to be used by mankind, it’s no surprise to us that the pullback was short-lived.  You can only imagine how different society would be if it wasn’t made illegal for so long!  But hey, that’s history now, and we’re finally reestablishing our relationship with civilization’s oldest agricultural companion.

While Hemp is known for its speedy growth, various commercial applications & diverse benefits to the environment, the benefits you will see by choosing Hemp are often overlooked – and good for you!  That means you’re already thinking about the environment over yourself.

But this article is dedicated to you – the reader, supporter, and enthusiast of all things hemp.  We’re going to tell you all about how you benefit from choosing Hemp textiles, what sorts of products can be made & how, the history of Hemp textiles, and then look at a few incredible Australian fashion designers who are making waves with their handmade Hemp clothing options.

Let’s get into it!

Benefits of Hemp Textiles

If you’re here reading this, chances are you’ve searched for something to do with Hemp fabric. If you’re researching the benefits of Hemp textiles, we’ve gone ahead and gathered some of the common key points & the research behind them. Keep in mind that more research should still be done, as much of this data was only confirmed by singular studies. We hope to see more investigations as the industry develops and begins to demand more attention!

Here are 8 incredible benefits you’ll be wearing by choosing Hemp fabric.

UV-Resistant

UV resistance is the first of many benefits we’ll touch on.  Research has shown undyed Hemp fibres to have a naturally occurring UV resistance to the factor of 33-50, which is considered very good to excellent UV protection.  

Mould resistant & antibacterial

Fibrous plants such as Hemp have been studied in-depth for decades, and researchers have found that among many things, the lignin content of the plant offers resistance to many common bacterial pathogens.  Additionally, Hemp is moisture-wicking (which we’ll touch more on later) which means that it’s resistant to mould and fungal growth.

Can be 100% mechanically processed & manufactured – no chemicals necessary

If the manufacturers wish to take the route of mechanical processing, absolutely no chemicals are required to make the clothing.  After the process of retting, and then the separation of fibre from the bast, mechanical decortication can clean the fibres and prepare them to be spun into Hemp yarn.  We’ll break down this process further later in the blog.  However, it’s also important to note that countries like China are fond of chemical-based processing due to it being easier to achieve a cotton-like output.

Naturally insulated & Breathable

The fibres of Hemp are hollow in formation, which provides natural insulation to clothing & apparel made from it.  While this is going to be most impactful on livestock and construction, those seeking inter-seasonal clothing options can look to Hemp as a solution.  This is just one of such benefits that makes Hemp the perfect choice for long-term wardrobe selection. 

High Tensile Strength & Strength-to-weight radio 

These two characteristics of Hemp fibre are what give the textiles their superior strength.  Tensile strength is defined as stress measured as a force per unit area and suggests how much stress a material can take before breaking.  The strength-to-weight ratio is a similar measurement that proves how much weight can be held by a certain amount of fibre in question.  Some diameters of Hemp have even been shown to be stronger than some types of steel! 

Naturally moisture-wicking and odour resistant

The hollow fibres in Hemp also encourage a high rate of moisture absorption and dissipation – also known as moisture-wicking properties.  This makes it an excellent choice for activewear, workwear, and general day-to-day activities.  From sweat to spills, Hemp will readily absorb and evaporate the liquid.

Of course, we can’t speak for coffee stains (keep it clear!)

Biodegradable

Hemp is a positive choice due to the potential for reuse, repurposing, and (eventually) responsible discarding.  At the end of your Hemp clothing item’s life, you can repurpose it in areas like the garden before discarding it fully. In fact, you can even compost Hemp textiles if natural processes were used in manufacturing! 

Retains shape & softens over time

Clothing and apparel made from Hemp can confidently withstand the test of time.  It holds shape and colour marvellously well, whilst still maintaining its structural integrity.  Additionally, as you wear it and wash it the Hemp fibres will continue to smooth and get softer over the years you wear it.  And again, it won’t lose strength in that process!  Yet another reason that Hemp can lead the way in our battle against fast fashion trends.

How Are Hemp Textiles Made?

Manufacturing Hemp textiles was a specialty of societies around the world for thousands of years. Unfortunately, the result of prohibiting cannabis was much of the world lost most of their knowledge. Certain countries around the world continued to grow Hemp for textiles all throughout the “war on cannabis”, and unsurprisingly, these countries are now leading the industry and have a huge advantage over the rest of the world.

Even though the world has been making Hemp textiles for a long time, the processes have remained quite similar – apart from the increase in technology. The ultimate idea is to remove the fibres from the stalk and turn them into yarn through processing. Let’s take a look at how it works!

Step 1: Grow & Harvest Hemp

The first step in making Hemp textiles is the most obvious – growing & harvesting Hemp.  Depending on what you’re farming for, you will want to harvest at different points – and it’s important to know when!  When farming for fibre, you’ll want to harvest between 9 and 12 weeks depending on the variety you’re growing. It’s best to consult your genetics supplier before starting your crop to ensure your variety is optimal for fibre growth.  Once your crop is ready, you’ll want to cut from 10cm above the stalk.  You’ll be able to program this setting on any decent harvesting equipment.

Step 2: Separate Hurd From Fibre & Decorticate

After the hurd is harvested, there are a few ways to go about separating the fibre from the stalk.  The first one is through retting, which is a natural enzymatic process that occurs when Hemp is left out to battle the natural elements. Moisture and light work in synchronicity with the microbiome of the soil to naturally separate the fibres from the stalk, resulting in easy-to-remove fibre strips that can be decorticated & spun into yarn.  There are also mechanical processes that can substitute retting.  Each way produces a different quality of fibre, so it’s worth consulting with professionals before deciding on your best course of action. 

It’s also worth mentioning there are unnatural, chemical-based methods of separating the fibre from the stalk that results in much softer textiles.  Unfortunately,  this ruins the magic of Hemp being an eco-friendly clothing option.

Step 3: Spin Into Yarn & Weave Garments

After decorticating your raw Hemp to remove the harsher fibres, you’ll be left with raw Hemp fibre that can be spun into balls of yarn.  Much like cotton, this yarn can then be used to weave any piece of apparel you want.  

Humans have been perfecting these techniques for thousands, even tens of thousands of years.  How much do you know about the history of Hemp textiles?  Read on for a quick rundown!

Pretty cool, huh?  

The process behind manufacturing Hemp textiles.

History of Hemp Textiles

The oldest strand of Hemp textiles has been dated back to over 20,000 years to the neolithic area, in the geographical area where the Gravettians, a trap and net hunting civilisation were known to live.  It’s speculated that they used Hemp fibre in their nets as the imprints from an excavation resembled the makeup of Hemp fibres. 

Hemp fabric remnants dated back 8000 years have been excavated in the Mesopotamia region, which is located in the Middle East.  This is the oldest known preserved remnant of ancient Hemp fabrics and demonstrates the progress in agricultural practises that our race made between 20,000BC and 6,000BC. 

Slightly more recent was the writings of the Greek historian Herodotus, who described the Hemp fabric as being used by the Dacians and Thracians around 5000 years ago.  The area now known as Romania has been the home to a range of historical artifacts uncovered that show us how Hemp was used in ancient days, including a ritualistic artifact containing Hemp seed.

For thousands of years, nations around the world continued to develop new Hemp farming and processing techniques to service a rapidly growing population.  Hemp textiles were the most common fibrous commodity on earth for thousands of years

Hemp maintained dominance over the textile market and was a key resource in the age of sail.  Garments and sails for ships were the primary use for the fibre.

This continued until the 1930s when the U.S began to disavow the very plant that allowed America to be founded – cannabis. The disavowment was short-lived as the U.S government ran a campaign called ‘Hemp For Victory’ to encourage farmers to grow Hemp for resources in WWII.  The government insisted it was a farmer’s patriotic duty. George Bush Sr. himself was actually saved by a Hemp parachute during this war.

After WWII, prohibition was reinstated and Hemp production all but ceased for a few decades. Much of the world followed, minus a few countries like Romania, India, and China who continued to refine manufacturing techniques for, and produce Hemp textiles.

As of this year (2021) we’ve seen a significant resurgence of interest in Hemp textiles, and cannot wait to see how modern technology can be applied to this space.  Read about some of the emerging Hemp textile tech here!

What Fashion Items Can Be Made From Hemp Textiles?

Anything that can be made from cotton, polyester, timber, bamboo, or linen can also be made from Hemp.  It’s actually more sustainable, more durable, and healthier for the wearer, which begs to question why we ever stopped using it in the first place (but read on to the history of Hemp fabric and learn why we did).

If your creativity isn’t already getting the best of you, here are some examples of clothing & apparel you can make with Hemp.

Whilst the manufacturing and distribution of such items are generally left to larger brands that have factories, retail outlets, and other distributors, there are also some remarkable options for customised, designer clothing made from Hemp.

3 Hemp Fashion Designers You Must See

From high-end fashion to bohemian-style beachwear, Hemp & Hemp blends also offer versatility and practicality in niche sectors in a fashion that can’t be ignored! Fortunately for us, Australia is home to some of the best seamstresses and designers the Hemp industry has.  Let’s take a look at some!

Clearwater Designs

Clearwater Designs offers gorgeous bohemian-style clothing & apparel that’s handcrafted from the Hemp fabric we supply! 

The enigmatic yet lighthearted cuts & patterns in these styles are complemented by the ever-changing, unique textures of Hemp. Head over to their Instagram to check out their work!

A gorgeous bohemian-style outfit made from Hemp textiles – Clearwater Designs

Wildly Weaved/Ikigai Apparel

Jess, of Wildly Weaved (Instagram), is an expert in her craft.  We’ve been fortunate enough to be her Hemp fabric supplier for quite some time now.

Seeing the continual quality improvements & regular new additions to her range have been very encouraging, and sets the bar high for aspiring designers – Whether they use Hemp or not!  From summer steeze to winter warmers, Jess is both skilled & passionate when it comes to working with Hemp. 

Check out her Etsy store here!

Shop Australian Hemp Clothing at Ikagai Apparel’s Etsy

Leah Kelly By Design

Leah Kelly has made waves this year, specifically with her showcase at the 2021 London Fashion show that we saw in September! 

Coming straight out of WA, Leah specialises in working indigenous Australian themes and styles into outstanding fashion statements for just about any high-occasion you could think of.  Weddings, formals, or functions – you name it, she’s probably done it! 

Coming through with over 20 years of experience, a passion for sustainability, and appearances on some of the most prestigious runways on earth, it’s safe to say that Leah is one of the best in Australia, and among the most skilled in the world.

Hemp Clothing & High-End Fashion | Fabric Talk With Leah Kelly - Hemp Textiles
Leah Kelly is hard at work with Hemp textiles

Are Hemp Textiles Sustainable?

Yes! It most certainly is.  In fact, it could be argued that Hemp fabric is the most sustainable choice on earth when it comes to materials for clothing & apparel. Growing Hemp is great for the earth due to its functions of bioremediation and carbon sequestration. 

Farming Hemp for industrial uses is carbon-neutral at the least, and carbon-positive when done right.  This means it removes as much or more Co2 from the atmosphere as the products that will be made from it will release.

Additionally, leaf fall and biomass infuse nitrogen back into the soil.  This makes Hemp ideal for crop rotations because it is revitalising the soil for the next crop. 

The deep taproot also keeps soil turning up, so it’s easy for the next crop to develop roots and soil remains fresh.

Wrap-up/Final Word

So now you know!

Know what?

Well, just about everything there is to know about Hemp textiles. That’s the lot. It’s quite simple once you wrap your head around it. If you know the processes, benefits, and uses, you have a good enough idea to start dreaming. What is your dream Hemp garment?

Chances are it’s already been done, but if it hasn’t, maybe it’s time to look into starting your own Hemp textile-based business. And even if it is done, it could be worth looking into – the more, the merrier! We’d love to help you choose & purchase your very own Hemp fabric for your brainchild.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please do reach out!

Have you ever taken advantage of the benefits of Hemp protein?  If so, you’re not alone!  Being a complete plant-based protein has given Hemp the upper hand in the supplement race.  From smoothies to baking, Hemp protein has secured itself a place in the daily diet in contemporary society.

The nutritional content of Hemp seed meets ‘superfood’ criteria, and we’ll tell you why Hemp protein also meets the mark a bit later on.  Did you know that Hemp could at as a key crop if the world ever faces famine?  That’s right.  Some researchers suggest that between Hemp and Honey, we’d survive. 

This week we’re going to take a closer look at the benefits of Hemp protein, how it’s made, and 5 ideas on how to use it throughout your day!

Read on to learn more.

5 Hemp Protein Recipes 

Peanutbutter Hemp Protein Bar

Ingredients

Method

  1. Mix together all ingredients except the chocolate
  2. Lay the mixture in the tray you’ll be storing it in
  3. Melt and drizzle the chocolate on the top layer, spread evenly.
  4. Place in fridge to solidify

Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie

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  1. Add all ingredients into a blender in a balance that appeals to your taste palette 
  2. Blitz
  3. Put in cup and enjoy

Hemp Protein Pancakes

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Hemp Protein Balls

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Green Hemp Superfood Smoothie

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How Is Hemp Protein Made?

The process starts with cold-pressing Hemp Seeds in order to extract the oil, what remains is the ‘hemp seed cake’.

The ‘cake’ is then milled and turned into powder hemp flour first, then it is further sifted to finer powder that is higher in protein – What remains is pure Hemp Protein.

The Nutritional Content Of Hemp Protein

Hemp protein contains the same nutritional content as Hemp seed due to Hemp protein simply being finely-ground Hemp seed. Therefore, Hemp protein is loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino & fatty acids that offer significant health benefits in contrast to lesser, yet more popular alternatives.  

This is some of the nutritional content in Hemp protein!

Health benefits of Hemp protein

Improves brain health 

Hemp protein is packed with brain-friendly antioxidants that may help prevent cognitive decline.  The high Omega-3 and Omega-6 content offer similar benefits, as the brain requires these to function at optimal capacity. This makes Hemp a brain-friendly superfood!

Assists muscle recovery (contains all 10 amino acids) 

Hemp protein contains all 10 essential amino acids, which means that it’s a complete protein.  Being the only plant-based complete protein gives it a unique edge over other natural protein options.  Additionally, 25-35% of the weight is protein, making it a great option for muscle recovery.

Supports cardiovascular health 


The naturally high levels of polyunsaturated fats (Omega-3, Omega-6) offer remarkable benefits to the cardiovascular system.  This benefit comes around when the Omega oils act on the body to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. On top of that, it also contains tocopherols, which are compounds that prevent heart disease.  

Boosts skin health

Some research has shown that a deficiency in Omega-3 could be a cause for acne.  In a study about the changes that diet may have on skin conditions, the authors found that eating more Omega-3 could help improve skin health – however, more research is needed to determine the extent. 

Promotes positive gut health

Hemp seed contains a special type of fibre called ‘resistant starch’ which is a prebiotic that your gut simply loves!  This type of fibre slows down digestive processes & acts to make sure that every little bit of protein is absorbed into the bloodstream rather than being wasted.

Reduce Inflammation The Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid content in Hemp are thought to work together to reduce inflammation.  Additionally, Gamma-linolenic acid is an Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat that has shown promise as an anti-inflammatory in animal studies.  It works in a very complicated way, and may not have this impact on everybody.  

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘Hemp Culture Around The World’, looking particularly at Hemp In Romania. Hemp Culture Around The World is our brand new blog series where we explore the history of Hemp, its uses for Hemp, and the modern Hemp industry in various countries around the world.

First and foremost, we thought we’d dive into the Hemp culture, market, and industry in Romania.  Romania has a rich history rooted in Hemp, with many notable historical mentions and archaeological findings in the geographical location.  At one point in time, Romania had some of the most land in the world dedicated to Hemp farming. This is so impressive because Hemp was a staple crop around the world back in those days. 

Hemp was most commonly used for textiles throughout history, like the canvas for large vessels and fabric for clothing. Hemp fabric was and remains a specialty of Romania to this day.  Although not as prominent as it used to be, the industry seems to be making a comeback.

Read on as we take a deeper look at the relationship Romania has with this remarkable plant!

Hemp In Romania – Notable Historical Data

Some of the oldest Hemp artifacts on earth have been found in the region.  This suggests that the area now known as Romania may have been some of the oldest Hemp farmers on earth.  As expected, the continual use of Hemp in Romania resulted in advanced knowledge in farming, processing, and manufacturing.  

The Greek historian Herodotus spoke about tribes in the geographical region. The Dacians and Thracians wore Hemp fabric and were much further ahead in manufacturing expertise than his nation.  These same tribes also used Hemp seed in ritualistic practises like smoke baths and ceremonies.  

Alongside the historical references made by Herodotus, there are accounts of ‘early adopters’ growing Hemp in Romania more than 5000 years ago.  A ritual object containing Hemp Seeds was excavated in Romania and dated back to around this time, suggesting that the accounts of ancient Hemp farms are indeed accurate. 

Even since the early days of Romania’s relationship with Hemp, they used it to make fibre for clothing.  As we’ll discuss more in-depth later, Hemp fabric is one of Romania’s specialties.

Between 1948-1952, Romania had over 60,000 hectares of land dedicated to Hemp farming. This had them ranked fifth in the amount of land a single country dedicated to Hemp in this period.

Hemp In Romania 1948-1952

Even up to 30 years ago, Romania was one of the world’s largest Hemp producers.  Some reports even suggest that the country had up to 28 processing facilities at one point back then.  However, the decision to place Hemp on the controlled substances list in the ’90s altered this dramatically. 

Common Uses For Hemp In Romania

Romania is incredibly advanced when it comes to making Hemp fibre through mechanical processing.  They are proud to claim that no other country in the world can supply the amount of naturally processed Hemp fibre as them – as you would be!  We certainly appreciate how they’ve held on to the proper way of making Hemp fabrics.

Hemp foods are another sector of interest within the Romanian Hemp industry.  Considering that Hemp seeds were among the remains in the ritual artifact excavated in the area, we can see Hemp seed has been used for a very long time. Even nowadays, Romanian farmers and processors utilise the seed to make various raw and processed foods.  Hemp foods are both consumed domestically & exported.

Modern Romanian Hemp Industry

Romania now specialises in machine intensive, 100% chemical-free fibre processing techniques.  These techniques have been perfected over centuries of refinement and are now being used to make some of the highest quality Hemp fabric in the world. 

Romania is one of the very few countries that are home to a Hemp fabric supply chain. Hemp fabric has always been a specialty of people in this area. They’ve genuinely stuck to their roots!

As laws currently stand, Romanian farmers are only allowed to grow with a select few industrial Hemp strains developed by the ‘Secuieni institute’. These are called Jubileu, Dacia, Diana, Zenit and Denise.

In 2015, a company called HempFlaxmade a significant $5M investment in the Romanian Hemp Industry and has grown 1200 hectares of Hemp per year since then. Their processing facility has a 4 tonne per hour processing capacity, so their ultimate goal is to reach 5000 hectares to max that out. The Romanian government support Hemp production once again.  They have been subsidising Hemp farmers per hectare of Hemp they grow.  For example, in 2018, farmers could get up to $300 per hectare they grow.  HempFlax supports the government’s subsidies, and they plan to make good use of them.

Wrap-Up/Final Words

That wraps up our first instalment of Hemp Culture Around The World and our exploration of Romania’s relationship with Hemp!  Did you have any idea that Romania had such a history with this incredible plant?

It’s no surprise that Romania is excelling in the Hemp fabric space because they already had much of the necessary infrastructure & skilled labour force ready to roll.  With the industry starting to kick back off again, it’s exciting to consider how much value this country will bring to the global supply chain.  We are in dire need of natural Hemp fabric solutions, and Romania may very well help provide the answer to our questions.

Did we miss anything that you think is worth adding?  Let us know below!

Hemp Products are gaining a lot of attention around the world, especially in the Health & Beauty sectors.  Hemp Seed is fast becoming known as a superfood, and you’d be blown away by the numerous ways you can grind, press, and cook with something so simple.  On the other hand, the oil from the pressed seed is a popular skincare ingredient due to its remarkable nutritional properties delivering incredible results to users.  

Do you think it’s a gimmicky trend, or that it actually stacks up to the hype?

Are you interested in learning more about Hemp Food and Hemp Skincare products?

Let’s take a deep look into everything Hemp Health & Beauty so you can see what it’s all about!

Hemp Foods for Physical Wellness

The phrase ‘Hemp Foods’ encompasses a variety of products derived from Hemp Seeds.  From the naked eye, it might not look like much can be done with a simple seed.  So if you don’t already know how many different things it can be used for, we’re about to show you!

Have you heard of any of these?

All of these base ingredients can be made just from the Hemp Seed.  Can you imagine how many different recipes Hemp Foods could be used in? Almost everything!  And to top it all off, they’re gluten-free

Hemp Seeds For Health & Wellness 

Hemp Seed makes its way to our shelves once a fertilized Industrial Hemp crop has been grown out to full maturity.  Once fertilized by a male plant, the crop will produce a large amount of seed where the flowers (or buds) would usually be.  Farmers harvest the crop and send it off to processing where the shells are removed and the hulled Hemp seeds can be bagged up for transportation.

The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds are largely correlated based on basic observation due to a lack of significant clinical research.  However, amongst the little bit of research that has been undertaken, we can come to certain assumptions by looking at the nutritional content of Hemp Seed. Scientists know what’s in it, and in what amounts.  This allows them to make suggestions as to what the long term benefits of eating Hemp Seeds could be.

Nutritional Content of Hemp Seed

Nutritional Facts About Hemp Seeds

  1. Hemp Seeds are said to help reduce inflammation in the body due to the perfect ratio of Omega 3, 6, and 9 for the human body.  More importantly, Gamma-Linolenic Acid is a known anti-inflammatory and is present in Hemp Seed. 
  2. The Omega-3 content within Hemp Seed suggests that it may help improve heart health. Arginine also converts into nitric oxide, which is essential for vein and artery dilation. It may also assist in relieving heart disease symptoms.
  3. Experts have found links between acne and omega-3 deficiency, so the omega-3’s and anti-inflammatory properties may help manage skin problems. Prebiotics and plant fibres may also contribute to healthier skin. This suggests that the nutritional content of Hemp Seeds could help improve skin conditions.
  4. Hemp Seeds contain essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3 in the optimal ratio to cater for brain health. Your brain depends on healthy fats for peak functionality. This suggests Hemp Seed can potentially improve memory and prevent cognitive decline.
  5. A study conducted in 2014 suggested that Hemp Seed Oil may have anti-rheumatic effects, meaning it may assist people suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis, a chronic autoimmune disease. 

Hemp Protein Powder for Health

Hemp Protein Powder is one of the latest plant-based protein powders on the market, and it’s not going anywhere soon.  With health and fitness trends starting to take a turn toward the natural & plant-based directions, it’s time for Hemp to shine.  Containing all the nutrients of Hemp Seed, Hemp protein is easy to add to any pre or post-workout shake and is dairy, gluten, and lactose-free. 

Nutritional facts about Hemp Protein

Hemp protein is the easiest Hemp Food product to make.  By fine-grinding Hemp Seed, you can expect a near 1:1 yield of Hemp Protein.  No nutritional content eaves the ingredient, it simply becomes a powder instead of a seed. From this point, it’s bagged in packaging for retail sale and shipped out to stores.

Hemp Flour for Health

Hemp Flour is another innovative way we’ve started using Hemp in modern cooking!  It’s gaining popularity due to how easy it is to incorporate in baking. Hemp flour has marvellous fibre content and is a great option for those who need a gluten-free baking option. It’s also Low-GI, a great source of fibre, and still even contains protein! 

Nutritional Content of Hemp Flour per 50 gram serving

7.2g of Protein

3.4g of fats

20g of fibre

Hemp Flour is made once the Hemp Seed Oil has been removed from the Hemp Seed.  After the Hemp Seed is cold-pressed, what’s left is residual matter called ‘Hemp Cake’.  Hemp cake is then ground up to make Hemp Flour.

Hemp Seed Oil for Health

Hemp Seed Oil is a popular dietary supplement that contains similar nutrient content to Hemp Seed, excluding any fibrous content. It’s commonly used in cooking food and making drinks like smoothies, but can also be put in capsules for easy consumption with your other daily supplements. One of the most incredible things about Hemp Seed Oil is that it offers the perfect ratio of Omega Oils (3, 6, & 9) for the human body.   

Nutritional Content of Hemp Seed Oil: 

Hemp Seed Oil is made in one of two ways.  There is a heat-based method of extraction that separates the oil from the seed, and there is a cold-press method.  The cold-press method of extraction retains a significant amount more nutritional content, whereas heat will destroy the nutrients. 

Refined Vs. Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil

There are two types of Hemp Seed Oil that can be made – one has more industrial use, and the other has more nutritional use.  Refined Hemp Seed Oil has been treated with heat to remove vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll. This Hemp Seed Oil can then be used to make varnishes, paint, plastics, biofuel, and more!  However, due to the way it’s processed, refined Hemp Seed Oil will have almost no nutritional content.  This is why it’s important to ensure any Hemp Skincare you purchase is using 100% unrefined Hemp Seed Oil.

Hemp Recipe Ideas

Now you know all about the different types of Hemp foods, you’re probably wondering about how to use them all!  Do you have any of these Hemp Food products in your cupboard?  If so, maybe it’s time to try something new!  

We’ve got a whole bunch of healthy, plant-based Hemp recipes that are simple to follow and taste great!  Sound like something up your alley?  Head to the link to our blog about 11 Hemp Recipes to get your hands on them!

If you like them, you can also get a free copy of our HempCo Cookbook at the bottom right corner of the article.

Common Questions & Answers About Hemp Food

Hemp Seed Oil for Skin & Beauty

Using Hemp Seed Oil in skincare is one of the most popular applications for Hemp in a rapidly expanding global market.  Initially, only niche companies used Hemp Seed Oil in their skincare – and it was a key selling point.  Nowadays, it’s being used in natural skincare products simply due to its natural characteristics.  It’s great in general skincare products like face cleansers, exfoliators, and moisturisers for many reasons, but a significant contributor is the rich Omega oil content.  As a matter of fact, Hemp Seed Oil contains the perfect ratio of Omega Oils for the human skin.  

Here are some of the nutrients in Hemp Seed Oil that benefit skin the most!

Additionally, Hemp Seed Oil has a Comedogenic Rating of zero. Comedogenic rating (CR) is a measurement of how likely an oil is to block the pores of your skin.  All skin, but mainly skin types prone to breakouts are recommended toils with lower CR ratings. Oils with greater comedogenic ratings are more likely to cause breakouts by clogging pores. This makes Hemp Seed Oil a superior choice for your general skin care needs. If your skincare seems to not be doing the job, keep in mind that the oils in your skincare could be causing it.  Anything with a comedogenic rating over three is a possible cause for persisting skin issues

These include common oils like… 

Hemp Seed Oil for Eczema and Psoriasis

Hemp Seed Oil has also been found to have significant positive effects on patients with atopic dermatitis – conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis.  Research shows that Hemp Seed Oil works so well due to the balanced and abundant supply of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids. In the study, dietary Hemp Seed Oil caused significant changes in plasma fatty acid profiles resulting in remarkable improvements in symptoms. 

Hemp Seed Oil for Acne

Hemp Seed Oil is an incredible choice for Acne care due to the optimal balance of Omega-3, 6, & 9 which helps regulate the skin’s oil production. It acts as a moisturiser, which helps stop acne that might be caused by dry skin. And with its comedogenic rating of zero, it does all of this without running the risk of clogging pores. 

Our Hemp Skincare Range

We love Hemp for what it is, but we’re ready to put our money where our mouths are when it comes to the benefits!  That’s why over the last 25 years, we’ve been steadily building and refining our Hemp Skincare range.  All of our Hemp Skincare is made by us,  in our factory, right here in Margaret River, Australia.  The entire range is made from 100% naturally derived ingredients, with Australian Grown and Made Hemp Seed Oil

You can shop our full range below!

Wrap-Up/Final Words

So, did that answer everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Hemp Seed, its byproducts and how they’re used in health and wellness?  

Hemp is an incredibly diverse plant, and just the ways it can be used in food and skincare are shocking to many!  The good news is that you won’t have to look too hard to try it for yourself these days.  Most supermarkets in Australia stock Hemp Seed & Hemp Seed Oil these days.  You can use any of these in food and even make your own skincare products with it!  However, many of these products are imported from countries like China.  If trying Hemp products is on your agenda, consider buying from a company that uses Australian Grown & Processed Hemp products to make their range. 

Did we miss anything that you want to know?  Is there anything we forgot to include in this?  We always love hearing from you!  Please do reach out in the comments section or on any of our social media profiles. 

Next weekend is Black Friday and Cyber weekend! Are you ready to snap up some bargains? 

As we know, this weekend is essentially a holiday celebrating and encouraging consumerism.  With many businesses and companies having significant sales on their products, it’s very easy to get caught up and make impulse purchases without thinking about the environmental impacts.

Have you ever participated in these incredible sales with sustainability at the forefront of your decision making processes?

If not, stand with us in 2021 and try it!  Continue reading to learn about the negative impacts of certain products and some examples of making more sustainable choices.

Choose Products With A Local Supply Chain This Black Friday

Australia imports a lot of their products from other countries due to cheaper labour costs overseas. This may not sound like a big deal, but the damage adds up.  The transportation of goods by freight and plane causes the environment many issues, and it’s only getting worse.  Australia imports around 30 million tonnes more greenhouse gas emissions than it exports.

There are a few different ways the importation of goods hurts our ecosystem.

Environmental impacts from supply chains can include…

  1. Water pollution from spills and fuel use
  2. Loss of biodiversity due to water pollution 
  3. Long-term damage to ecosystems due to food chain breakdowns
  4. hazardous air and greenhouse gas emissions from ships and planes burning fuel.

So… how can you make an impact?

Do your best to choose products that are made in Australia this Black Friday!  Buying products with local supply chains are a great way to reduce your consumption footprint. 

How does it help?  

  1. Local supply chains mean a significantly lower carbon footprint in transit from the manufacturing facility to your home
  2. Australia makes higher quality products, meaning you need to buy less often; thus, waste less.
  3. Buying locally-made products mean the ere will be less waste from packaging used for international shipping

All of our Hemp Food products are grown and packaged in Australia. Browse our range here, and put together a wish list for Black Friday so you can jump right on it!

Choose Products With Recyclable Or Biodegradable Packaging This Black Friday

Another way to shop sustainably next weekend is by being mindful about how your purchases are packaged. Single-use plastics are often used in packaging & containers and are significantly damaging to our environment.  Do you know why?  We’ll break it down for you! 

  1. Sickness and death in sea life from plastics and microplastics 
  2. Water pollution from toxic chemicals as plastic is degrading in the oceans and riverways
  3. Loss of species due to habitat damage and food chain meltdowns
  4. Increased demand for landfill space
  5. General litter due to irresponsible discarding of packaging

Paying attention to the type and amount of packaging used for your purchases is an impactful way to shop greener this year.  Products on eCommerce websites tend to have packaging information in the ‘Additional Information’ section of the page.  If it doesn’t, many online stores have live chat rooms so you can ask the business anything you need to know.  Do they use single-use plastics in packaging?  Is the container glass or plastic? Are the ingredients naturally sourced?

Here are some tips for your shopping splurge this Black Friday and Cyber weekend!

  1. Avoid products that use excessive packaging, especially plastic packaging
  2. Avoid products containing chemicals & microplastics as ingredients (microbeads)
  3. Avoid single-use plastic containers/tubes. Choose recyclable plastic, refillable plastic, or glass containers instead!

If you want some additional ideas for Black Friday sales with recyclable or glass containers, check out our Organic Hemp Skincare Range!

Choose Sustainable Hemp Clothing Instead of Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is now a well-known phenomenon that’s loosely defined as cheap, low-quality seasonal clothing lines that follow the year’s trends and are only made to last a few months.  It will be one of the most damaging sectors this Black Friday, with 42% of participating Aussies planning to upgrade their wardrobe. This results in clothing being discarded in mass and causes significant damage to the environment.  

Cotton and polyester are resource-hungry materials that create toxic waste all through manufacturing.  When the final desired product only lasts a few months, we see a never-ending demand for these unsustainable methods of garment production.

So, what are the negative impacts on the environment from fast fashion trends?

  1. Plastic Microfibers
  2. Excessive water usage
  3. Mass consumption and discarding of clothing – landfill
  4. Greenhouse gas emissions

On average, each person in Australia throws away around 23kg of clothing every year. In fact, Australia’s Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Trevor Evans, points out that “Australians discard close to 800,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles each year“.

Australia’s recycling program is a hollow-shell compared to what it should be. However, in 2021, the government announced a $1bn fund for upgrading Australia’s recycling infrastructure. These sorts of investments take time before they come to fruition. Despite being recyclable, your clothes still end up in landfills.

So let’s be proactive instead of reactive, and shop green this Black Friday/Cyber Weekend!

The environment will thank you for choosing sustainable, long-lasting clothing instead of gimmicky fast fashion goods.  It can be easy to get caught up thinking that something is a great deal because it’s cheap.  But it ends up costing you and the environment more in the long run. 

So, here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for Black Friday and cyber weekend clothing sales next weekend.

  1. Avoid polyester materials, and favour naturally derived, biodegradable fabrics such as Hemp.  
  2. Choose the clothing you’ll regularly wear for a long time. If it’s Hemp, you can be sure the fabric is durable.  
  3. Hemp clothing is a natural crop that absorbs Co2 during growth while putting nitrogen back into the soil.

If you want some ideas, simply click the image and browse our selection and get your Black Friday wishlist ready!

Wrap-up/Final words

Finder’s recent survey of 1,015 Australians reveals that 35% – equivalent to 6.8 million Australians – plan on shopping this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

It’s up to you to vote with your money and pick sustainability.  Do you value our environment? Is the future condition of our planet something you care about?  We’ve all been guilty of careless consumerism, but it doesn’t have to continue that way! All it takes is a conscious effort to make more eco-friendly purchases. 

So now you know!  Will you join us in the pledge to shop sustainably this Black Friday?

As a family, one of our favourite uses of Hemp is for growing Hemp Homes.  Did you know that just a 1-hectare plot of Hemp can build an entire Hempcrete house? 

Hemp is the perfect building material for the Australian climate, and we’ll get into why soon!

To demonstrate the magnificent potential of this crop, we started farming Hemp right here in Margaret River, Australia.  Our first harvest was in 2016, and we proceeded to expand our operation as we learned more about how to better farm Hemp.  In 5 years, we went from hand-harvesting & interstate processing to mechanical harvesting with local processing.  Within the same time, we went from a one-hectare bumper crop to 70 hectares and collaborations with four local farmers.

Read on to learn more about our Industrial Hemp farming operation in our picturesque region of Australia!

How Did We Get Started Growing Hemp Homes?

We’ve come a long way from our first harvest.  The first time we took to growing Hemp Homes, harvesting our crop was a very hands-on process – and we mean that literally.

Rewind to 2016.  

When it came time to harvest, we had to bring some friends and family on board to help us pull each plant by hand.  This was a tedious process that took well over a week of day-in-day-out work – and we swore never to do it again!  Then once we’d harvested, we had to send our yield interstate for processing, after which it was sent back to us and used to make the first Hemp Home through Hemp Homes Australia. 

Growing Hemp Homes

It’s 2021 Now. How Do We Farm & Harvest Hemp Building Materials?

We’re proud to say that even after having to hand-harvest, we didn’t give up. Since then, we have continued to expand and optimise our Industrial Hemp farming practices.  We are now growing 70 hectares of Hemp as a multi-purpose crop (we’ll talk more about that later). But mainly, our focus is on increasing Hemp homes.

Our farm is 100% organic, and we’ve partnered with another local farmer, so we have access to even more Hemp.  For a while, we had to send our Hemp interstate to be processed.  This reduced the profitability of our overall operation and increased the total carbon footprint of the project.  

It’s 2021 now, and this year we finally acted to change that. We made two significant changes to how we farm & process Hemp!

  1. We purchased our very own Hemp Harvesting equipment – the most efficient and accurate machinery on the market.
  2. With funding from the WA government, we built and launched our very own Hemp processing facility! This means we no longer have to send our stalks interstate for the hurd and the fibre to be separated.  Now we’re growing Hemp homes, processing them, and building them right here in WA!

What Are The Benefits Of Growing Hemp Homes?

‌The‌ ‌hurd‌ ‌and‌ ‌fibre‌ ‌from a hectare of ‌this‌ ‌one‌ ‌single‌ ‌crop have ‌the‌ ‌potential‌ ‌to‌ ‌build‌ an entire home,‌ ‌along‌ ‌with‌ ‌endless‌ ‌byproducts.‌ ‌ ‌Aside from the Hurd that we use for building materials, we also yield;

…All of which have individual commercial applications.

That’s five different core materials from a single plant!  And that’s just the potential economic benefits. 

Hemp‌ ‌crops‌ ‌have‌ ‌many‌ ‌benefits‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌farmer,‌ ‌particularly‌ ‌for‌ ‌rotational‌ ‌farming.‌ Our farm will only ever grow Hemp, but there are options for farmers who grow crops like sugarcane, corn, and potato to alternate between their staple crop and Hemp.  Doing so will offset soil depletion and end up saving money on artificial soil enrichment.  This is because Hemp returns nitrogen and Co2 into the soil during growth.  ‌It‌ ‌can‌ also ‌be‌ grown ‌100%‌ ‌organically,‌ ‌meaning‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌no‌ ‌nasty‌ ‌chemicals‌ ‌left‌ ‌behind.‌ ‌

If you’d like to read more about the environmental benefits of Hempcrete, check out the blog we wrote about it!

Wrap Up/Final Words

As you can see, we’ve come a long way – but there’s still plenty of distance to cover!  Our farming, processing, and building operations are only going to get larger.  In the following year, we plan to offer processing services to any farmers in Australia (particularly hopeful Hemp farmers in Western Australia) so they don’t have to send their harvest interstate.  For a local Hemp industry, processing must be available for growers. A big thanks to the government of Western Australia for enabling this undertaking.

Do you want to learn more about what we do here?  Head to our YouTube channel and watch the whole video series today!  Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe & turn on notifications.

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