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Hemp Seed Oil For Skincare… Is it a quick trend or a game changer?

This week we’re going to dive into the topic and let you figure that out for yourself!  

People have begun to recognise Hemp Seed Oil’s benefits for skin over the last few years, and it’s not surprising!  Considering the nutritional content of Hemp Seed Oil, its healing properties come as no shock to people who can carry their weight in knowledge about health and beauty.  Loaded with healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that the skin can gobble up without pores getting blocked, it really might just be the optimal addition to skincare products that we’ve been looking for.

When it comes to Hemp, there are two ways it can be used in skincare: Hemp Seed Oil (oil pressed from the seed), and CBD Oil (made from the flower).  If you’re also interested in CBD for skincare, you can find our blog on it here! 

However, right now we’re focusing on Hemp Seed Oil Skincare.

Did you know: Hemp Seed Oil contains the optimal ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids – a 3:1 ratio.

With winter settling in nicely, we’re once again facing the coinciding changes in our skin – namely flakiness and dryness.  But fear not!  Hemp Seed Oil included in natural skin care formulas can be a great way to stay on top of this.

You might be wondering what makes Hemp Seed Oil so impactful?  Let’s take a closer look.

What causes dry skin? Why does it get so bad in winter?

Dry skin is caused by colder temperatures and a lack of moisture in the air.  According to research, your skin can lose up to a quarter of its ability to hold moisture in winter months.  On top of that, windy conditions can worsen the dryness.  This dryness can primarily be attributed to the moisture in skin evaporating more quickly.

As a result of this, people often find their Eczema getting worse in winter due to the lack of moisture in the air – a common cause of flare-ups.  During winter, we recommend that eczema sufferers skip hot baths, and use a thick moisturiser – We’ll offer some recommendations soon!

When it comes to Psoriasis in winter, it’s also common to see flare-ups due to the cold.  However, another reason is due to the lack of exposure to UV-rays.  Besides adding a humidifier to the room, it’s also recommended to use a solid moisturiser and get outdoors more!  You can also get an applied UVB treatment from the doctors.

How To Fight Dry Winter Skin with Hemp Seed Oil

The one common tip when it comes to dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema is that moisturising your skin regularly is a great trick you can use to combat common dry skin issues.  When picking a good moisturizer for winter, it’s important to take a good look at what’s in the product and whether the ingredients are known to help fight dry skin.

We recommend 100% natural skincare products for fighting dry skin as chemicals tend to dry your skin out more. Another tip we have is to keep an eye out for ingredients with a low comedogenic rating, which means that it’s less likely to clog pores and cause breakouts.  The last thing we want is to fix our dry skin, but cause a week of breakouts as a result!  

Hemp Seed Oil is an amazing ingredient to look out for when shopping around for your winter skincare routine. Hemp Seed Oil is one of the few oils that has a comedogenic rating of ZERO!  This means that it won’t block pores when applied on your skin.  

Hemp Seed Oil contains:

Other ingredients to look out for in skincare products this winter:

For dry skin in winter, we highly recommend our Organic Hemp Body Butter and Face Moisturiser range!  It contains all three ingredients noted above – as well as Hemp Seed Oil!

Products With Hemp Seed Oil That Relieve Dry Skin

Our Organic Hemp Body Butter is the ‘One-Pot-Wonder’ for dry and damaged skin.  

The Hemp Body Butter is perfect for the whole family all year round!  It is unbelievably smooth and unashamedly decadent.  On top of that, it’s enriched with the nourishing benefits of Hemp Seed Oil.

As a non-greasy moisturiser, this absorbs into your skin like it’s being eaten up by your body.  Loaded with Omega-6 and Omega-3, with a wide range of vitamins and minerals, it’s no wonder our customers have labelled it the ‘Miracle Cream’! 

On top of being vegan-friendly and certified by Choose Cruelty Free, the body butter contains only 100% natural ingredients and is our hand-selected pick for this winter when it comes to fighting the inevitable skin dryness of the season.

Organic Hemp Facial Moisturisers are the best choice this winter for looking after your ‘moneymaker’.  

These face moisturisers have a low comedogenic rating due to the use of Hemp Seed Oil, which means it won’t clog pores.  On top of that, it contains anti-inflammatory properties that help combat breakouts and irritation. 

Our Organic Hemp Face Moisturiser is also vegan-friendly and certified by Choose Cruelty Free, and is available for all skin types!  Dry, Normal, and Oily.  

Wrap-Up

Problems with our skin are inevitable through the dry winter months of Australia.  But there are certainly ways to combat it!  In summary, we recommend…

  1. Skincare With Hemp Seed Oil 
  2. Products with Shea Nut, Aloe Vera, and Ylang Ylang
  3. Adding a humidifier to your home so the air isn’t too dry

If you have any more questions about how you can fight your particular skin condition this winter, please drop a comment below – we’d love to answer any questions you have!

2021 Has already been a massive year for the Hemp Industry, and that’s no exaggeration! We’re about six months in and there have been serious leaps and bounds made when it comes to varietal trials, Hemp Processing, and Hemp product research and development. From new revelations with advanced Hemp textiles down to the development of Hemp insulation in construction projects, this year is truly revealing the commercial potential of Industrial Hemp.

It’s incredible to see the amount of interest being taken in this industry this year, and we only anticipate more to come!

This week, we’re going to take a look at 10 breakthroughs in the Hemp Industry in 2021 so far.

In Australia, the Hemp industry is growing more and more every day.  With this, we’re also learning more and more about different varieties of cannabis and the best ways to grow them in Australia.  Knowing the best way to grow Hemp firstly depends on what you’re growing for.  With the emergence of this industry in Australia, we are finally getting more field data that will ultimately improve the harvest of seed, fibre, hurd, and meeting THC requirements in the Australian climates.

If you’re interested in Hemp farming in Australia, check out our blog about licencing!

Queensland Has Medicinal Cannabis Facility Approved

Some amazing news for patients! Queensland is finally getting it’s very own medicinal cannabis farm.  This has been a long time coming, and with this facility being built, Queensland will soon be able to meet the growing demand for cannabis products in the state.  This facility will supply both the domestic and international markets – a win for the medical system & the economy!

Our Very Own Fibre Facility Turns On!

Hemp News and Breakthroughs in 2021

We’re very excited to announce that our new Hemp Fibre Processing facility was turned on for the first time.  We’re still optimising the equipment before launching full scale processing for Hemp Hurd and Fibre.  We’ll keep everyone up to date with this project as it continues to progress!

Hemp Bio-Leather Comes To Life

Hemp Fibre seems to be having a remarkable year in the spotlight! One of the latest revelations when it comes to the uses for Hemp Fibre is the ability to turn it into a bio-leather (or eco-leather). Made with 20-30% Hemp biomass that’s been turned into a dust and natural oils, the goal for this new operation is to establish a solid local supply chain.

Click the image to read more about this remarkable advancement in Hemp fibre product possibilities!

America Begins Advanced Hemp Fibre Manufacturing

Hemp fibre product development is really in full swing this year! The company in question is getting into advanced product research and development, in particular, carbon fibre, talc, fibreglass, and calcium carbonate. This is one such company that also claims to have figured out how to produce Graphene from Hemp fibre.

The same company is also looking to set up yet another processing facility in Detroit that’s expected to produce around 300 million pounds annually

First WA Grown & Made Hemp Home

This year, we started construction on the first home in Western Australia that was built with Hempcrete made from locally grown Hemp Hurd! This was a huge step in our operations, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue the mission of helping create a thriving Hemp industry in Western Australia! This will be great for both the economy, the people living them, and the environment.

PepsiCo Gets Into The CBD Game

The energy drink company ‘Rockstar’, owned by PepsiCo, is getting into the CBD game!  With the latest announcement of their new CBD-infused canned beverage in Europe, we would imagine that this is the start of a new trend!  We don’t expect it will be too long until other major corporations begin to move in the same trajectory. 

HempCutter Arrives in Western Australia

A few weeks after turning on our processing facility, we had yet another arrival.  The HempCutter is a world-class machine that’s specially designed for harvesting Hemp, and we have had the incredible opportunity to bring it right here to Western Australia!  Using this machine for the first time was an incredible experience, and it’s safe to say it was a worthwhile investment.

The product harvested by this new machinery will be carted off to our Hemp Processing facility which is situated just down the road from our farms in Margaret River, Western Australia.

CBG Gets Approval For European Cosmetics

CBG is a newly popular cannabinoid that has found itself in the spotlight for its diverse range of speculated health benefits.  Much like all cannabinoids, prohibitionist nations have been wary of CBG.  On the other hand, the latest news on the block is that Europe has given CBG the green light for cosmetic use!  CBG has numerous benefits for overall health and wellbeing, and with its inclusion of the European Cosmetics Database, the benefits for skincare will also start coming to light. We can only hope to see similar here in Australia soon!

U.S Plans For Hemp Insulation

With the rise of Hemp as a building material, entrepreneurs all across the world have been investigating new ways to implement Hemp in the building process. Besides Hempcrete and Hemp Wood, Hemp fibre can also be used to make incredible insulation for the very houses that it’s been used to build. The time has come for production on a commercial scale. A U.S Hemp building material manufacturer has started the planning of a factory to produce insulation! This is a huge step forward for the industry, and we can’t wait to see where this development leads.

This week, we’ve collected 17 defining Hemp quotes that have stood the test of time.

By now, it’s no secret that Hemp has been a powerful ally of human development throughout history. As a testament to this, there are many highly influential historical figures who have praised Hemp in various ways. But what’s incredible about this plant goes much deeper than just the people who acknowledged it; The countless ways it can be used are the most impressive part.

Whether it’s for relaxation, sequestering of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, or any of the numerous ways that Hemp could help provide relief for unsustainable practices, one thing is for certain: Hemp can help save the world.

Here, we’ve put together 17 of our favourite defining quotes from different points in history that imply just that.

Do you recognise any of the names below?

17 Historical Hemp Quotes

1.

“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed, and sow it everywhere”

– George Washington
Hemp Quotes

2.

“Hemp will be the future of mankind, or there won’t be a future”

Jack Herer

3.

“Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.”

– Jesse Ventura

4.

“Hemp is one of the greatest, most important substances of our nation”

– Thomas Jefferson

5.

“As with most consensual crimes, this prohibition of hemp is both silly and sinister.”

– Peter McWilliams

6.

“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp and playing my Hohner harmonica.”

Abraham Lincoln

7.

“Since 1937, about half the forests in the world have been cut down to make paper. If hemp had not been outlawed, most would still be standing, oxygenating the planet.”

– Alan Bock

8.

I want people to get over the stigma about hemp. These seeds can’t make you high, but they will make you feel good.

– Ziggy Marley

9.

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

– Henry Ford

10.

“Imagine people growing hemp and making everything from food to fuel without petroleum!”

Josh Tickell

11.

“The Anglo-Saxon farmers had scarce conquered foothold, stronghold, freehold in the Western wilderness before they became sowers of hemp–with remembrance of Virginia, with remembrance of dear ancestral Britain.”

– James Lane Allen

12.

“Industrial hemp is a safe substance with many practical commercial applications.”

– Cory Gardner

13.

“We shall by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”

– John Adams

14.

“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”

– Andrew Weil

15.

“There is no reason, in a free society, that farmers shouldn’t be allowed to raise hemp. Hemp is a good product.”

– Ron Paul

16.

“We can build a high-speed fully automated system of production from durable, lightweight bioplastic and graphene, out of hemp and other plants, powered by biofuel and hemp batteries, while – because of hemp’s ability to revive soil and absorb CO2 – healing the soil and stabilising the climate in the process. This reconstruction of society, which would raise living standards exponentially for everyone, is not an ideal or a fantasy, it is a necessity both historically and ecologically.”

– Ted Reece

17.

“More and more people are finding out the benefits of it – hemp and marijuana. The more they delve into it and research it, the more they realize, Hey wait a minute, we should give this another look.”

– Willie Nelson

Final Words

Knowing that hemp has played such a prominent role in the history of humanity goes to show how truly impressive this plant is. With such an astounding reputation, it’s strange to think that certain countries had barring restrictions on Hemp for so long However, this has started to change – and we continue to fight this battle on the front lines in Australia.

Did you have a favourite quote in this post? Do you have a favourite Hemp quote that we didn’t include here?

Drop a comment below and let us know!

It’s a whole new world in the cannabis industry, and CBD has been taking it by storm for quite some time now!  As the first cannabinoid that’s been recommended for reclassification by the WHO, it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of information available on most mediums that we spend time on.  

Whether it’s through the TV, internet, or medical books, cannabinoids are currently a hot topic!

But as with any sudden influx of information, you have to be more careful than ever now to make sure you’re correctly informed.

We’ve put together 7 of our favourite blogs that you can get accurate, up-to-date information on CBD news, research, and products!

Read on to learn more

Project CBD

As per their website, Project CBD is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant.  It was founded by journalists who were covering the medical cannabis uprising in 2010.

Project CBD has a range of incredibly informative articles available on their website, and you can even subscribe to their mailing list to get the latest information right in your inbox!

CBD Hacker

CBD Hacker’s mission is to bring transparency into a somewhat unregulated and at times confusing industry.  Their intention is to be a comprehensive source for reviews and information about the topic of CBD.

Alongside its newfound popularity, the CBD industry is undergoing a phase of exponential growth. CBD hacker is dedicated to providing insights on the diverse range of contents that often come in new markets, and ensuring their readers know about the best CBD products available!

CBD Blog: Pure Relief

CBD Blog

Pure Relief makes high grade CBD oil out of 100% Organic CBD in response to the opioid epidemic in California. Their mission is to help people find their moments of relief whilst educating customers about how CBD is made and how Hemp products can help change their lives.

Besides a great range of CBD products, Pure Relief also has an awesome Hemp CBD blog on their website that we definitely recommend!

The CBDistillery

CBD Blog

The CBDistillery is on a mission to make access to CBD easy for the masses, and provide greater education for those who wish to understand more about the variables within the CBD industry. 

Low quality, inferior, and overpriced products saturating an emerging market. It’s their mission to ensure that everybody is well informed through information. Head over & check out their blog if this sounds up your alley!  

Charlottes Web

CBD Blog

Charlotte’s Web is a CBD company that is very close to our hearts.  Charlotte’s Web is a CBD company named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl with Dravet syndrome who took CBD for her seizures.  They originated with a righteous mission but have now expanded their offering to a wide range of CBD products and of course, education.

As one of the grassroots companies in the modern CBD revolution, Charlotte’s Web has an incredible blog aimed to educate people on s CBD.

Ministry Of Hemp

CBD Blog

The Ministry of Hemp provides Hemp Reviews, Hemp Education, Hemp News, and CBD guides & reviews.  These guys are here for all-things Hemp, so check out their blog if you’re interested in learning more about CBD.  

If you like their work, you’ll do well subscribing to their mailing list for regular updates on their news and education!

Wrap Up

That’s it everyone, 7 highly informative CBD Blogs that we think provide incredible value to their readers!  For our Australian readers, we’re sure you don’t have to tell you that it’s not recommended to have CBD products from any of these companies shipped to Australia as you will be violating certain laws.  We simply think you should be keeping up-to-date with these blogs because they offer great insight into this particular sector of the emerging Hemp Industry.  

If you’re an Australian who is looking into getting your hands on CBD Oil, we recommend the CBD Reviews Australia Facebook Group!

We hope that you learn a thing or two from these amazing CBD resources, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all for next week’s installment!

Did you know that making Hemp Textiles is one of the oldest uses for this incredible plant? is an incredible plant that can be used in many different ways – and making

Even just the fibre that comes from hemp has a wide variety of uses in regard to textiles. Textiles are flexible materials made by creating an interlocking network of yarns or threads processed by spinning raw fibres into long and twisted lengths. In short, a textile is a type of cloth or woven fabric that’s viable for commercial use.  

According to some sources, you can produce 250% more fibre with hemp than cotton and 600% more fibre than flax – with the same amount of land.  It’s also much less resource-hungry and doesn’t require the use of chemicals to grow.  No other natural fibres meet that same standard, which is another thing that makes Hemp such a unique crop.

Once turned into a textile, Hemp contains remarkable properties that are highly beneficial in almost any use case.  In this blog, we will cover how Hemp textiles are made, the benefits of Hemp textiles, and a few major ways they’re often used in different products and industries.

How Hemp Textiles Are Made

Hemp Is Grown to Maturity

Growing Hemp for textiles is one of the quicker activities that farmers can undertake.  Generally speaking, Hemp is only grown for 70-90 days before being ready for harvest.  The varieties used for fibre usually end up being about 6-7 feet tall by the time harvest begins.  The reason tall varieties are ideal for fibre is that the stalks are what’s being harvested.  The more bast in the crop, the more fibre is yielded.   Needless to say, it’s an extremely fast-growing plant.  

Hemp Is Harvested

Once fully grown, a combine is used to cut the Hemp stalks, much like with any other crop.

All hemp should be harvested approximately 10 cm above the ground to prevent cutting through hard woody portions and ensure that your cutting has as much of the fibrous stems as possible.  Once the stalk is cut, the processing phase can begin.  

Hemp Fibre is Processed

Hemp fabric is made from the long strands of fibre that make up the stalk of the plant. These fibres are separated from the bark through a process called “retting”, which is decaying pectin that binds the hemp fibres to the core of the stem.  You’ll also want to facilitate drying to reduce the potential for mould.  It’s said that the retting process produces the highest quality fibre for textiles. Once the fibres are separated, they can be put through a decortication machine and turned into long, continuous strands with minimal amounts of harsh fibre.  The spinning of Hemp yarn takes place by twisting fibrous strands together to make a cohesive thread.  Manufacturers can then use this thread in the same way that flax, cotton, or other fibres can.  

Hemp Fibre Spun Into Yarn

Once the harsher fibres have been removed, producers can use any traditional spinning equipment to turn the fibre into yarn.  This is the final phase in processing before the fibre can be used to create Hemp textiles.  

As we touched on earlier, Hemp textiles have a diverse range of applications and a wide array of benefits that shine through in the finished product. 

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of Hemp textiles!

Benefits of Hemp Textiles

The benefits of Hemp textiles are incomparable to that of what nearly any other fibre has to offer.  The fibre properties are highly desirable, to the point that it’s astounding to know it has been so overlooked for so long!  Of course, we have prohibition to thank for this.  But banning Hemp still didn’t take away from what it brings to the table, and we’re now learning more and more every year that bans are lifting.

Hemp Textiles are Antibacterial

Studies into Hemp textiles have shown that they possess great antibacterial properties.  This makes them ideal for day-to-day use in the production of common textile-based products – which we’ll go into a bit later!  The fibrous components of Hemp are especially well-performing against common bacteria like E. Coli and Staph. 

Hemp Textiles are Antibacterial

Hemp Textiles have Superior Strength

Hemp is a highly durable material due to the high strength-to-weight ratio.  Some studies have suggested that it may even be more robust than steel in some settings.  Furthermore, it’s shown that Hemp fabric can be up to 8x stronger than any other natural fibres – and even a bit stronger than the known and loved linen. 

Durability of Hemp Textiles

UV Resistant

Hemp textiles are naturally UV-Resistant, which means they possess the ability to block some of the sun’s rays.  This particularly stands out when it comes to clothing made from Hemp textiles, as the wearer will not be as exposed to harmful UV light.  This changes based on the dye and dye techniques used, as certain colours reflect light better than others.  Though it is recognised that Hemp is not a perfect protector, it’s still somewhat effective with most dyeing methods. 

Antibacterial Hemp Textiles

Hypoallergenic

Due to various factors, including the fact that Hemp can be grown without pesticides and other harmful chemicals, the textiles made from hemp are hypoallergenic.  This means that people with sensitive skin types can be confident using Hemp because there are no allergens found in properly grown Hemp fibre.  Again, certain dyes may affect this, so it’s recommended to use natural dyes and natural dyeing methods.  

Hemp Food Hypoallergenic

What Can Hemp Textiles Make?

Now that we’ve covered the major benefits of Hemp textiles let’s look at the different types of commercial products that can be made from the ready fabric.

Hemp can make anything that cotton, flax, jute, or linen can – and at a much higher quality when it comes to garments.  Some examples of the Hemp fashion products made nowadays – and even throughout history are as follows; 

Hemp textiles can also be used for standard fibre-based industrial products like Rope and Canvas.  Pre-1900’s, the entire British naval fleet was equipped with Hemp canvas sails & rope due to the impressive strength, resilience, and ease of growth.  Some research suggests that Australia was initially colonised to grow more Hemp to supply the rapidly expanding empire that relied on it.

Being a highly versatile textile also means that Hemp can be used for industrial purposes like the manufacturing of interior furnishings for cars, covers for upholstery in houses (couches & chairs, for example), and even bedding. 

Hemp Farm with Hemp Textiles

Wrap-Up: Hemp Textiles In Summary

The application of modern farming techniques is relatively new in Western countries due to restrictions that have been in place since around the 1930s.  With these restrictions easing across the world, we’ve started to see an increase in industry developments and more research into the best farming, harvesting, and processing developments.  

Month after month & year after year we’re seeing new Hemp textile-based products come to market.  As we continue to have more light shed on the potential for Hemp textiles, we expect to see more and more commercial products include Hemp in their line-up.

You can check our our Hemp Clothing range if you’re interested in trying it or expanding your Hemp wardrobe!

Let us start by saying Happy Earth Day, everybody!

The theme of this year is ‘Restore The Planet.’ This week, we want to take some time to dive into some of the most significant environmental problems we are facing today.  

You’ve undoubtedly heard us discuss specific ways that Hemp can help restore the vitality of the earth.  In this article, we will be taking a closer look at the causes of our problems and then what we can do to fix them.   

We want to highlight three significant issues today: Global Warming, Deforestation, Pollution from plastics, and the subsequent endangerment of all life on our planet due to a combination of each of the topics mentioned above. 

Hemp isn’t the only solution, but we certainly believe that it could play an enormous role in restoring the planet.

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Earth Day: Global Warming and Increasing Carbon Levels 

The substantial peak in carbon emissions coincided with the explosion in global trade and commerce and resulted from massive population growth and consumerism.  Countries have quickly found fast ways to make money with industries from fashion to automobiles and even food production being scaled to commercial levels. On the flip side, they’ve been slow on the pulse when coming up with strategies to offset carbon emissions

Earth Day: The Last Ice
Polar bear on melting iceberg – Global warming.

“The most critical environmental issue faced by the Earth is the overpopulation and overconsumption by humans. The most critical environmental issue faced by humans is climate change.

– Laura Trotta, Sustainability Educator & Climate Reality Leader

The issue of carbon emissions has caused a great deal of concern worldwide due to the now well-known issue of Global Warming.  Global warming occurs when carbon dioxide & methane levels in the atmosphere become so significant that heat begins to fail to escape from the planet.  As a result, heat gets trapped in our atmosphere and begins to warm the globe.  This is now occurring at an alarming rate.

Serious problems are appearing as repercussions for our actions, namely;

Deforestation and Toxic Commercial Farming Practices 

The issue of deforestation and toxic commercial farming practices are a huge contributor to global warming due to the rapid removal of our trees.  Tropical rainforests worldwide are being devastated due to the large scale clearing of trees… and it’s not just for paper.  The leading cause of deforestation in places like the Amazon Rainforest is the world’s addiction to Palm Oil.

Palm oil is a type of vegetable oil used in many popular products like chocolate and cosmetics.  In some places in Europe, it’s even used as an alternative to fossil fuels due to the ability to make ‘biodiesel’ out of it.  Although Palm Oil is derived from a plant, the African Palm doesn’t necessarily mean that farming has been done in an environmentally friendly manner.  Due to being such a profitable industry, countries like Malaysia and Indonesia have jumped on board to boost their economies.  Another notable player in the Palm Oil game are occupants of the Amazon rainforest, which extends through Columbia, Peru, and other South American countries. 

The Devastating Impacts Of Palm Oil

Despite being a lucrative industry for local farmers to participate in, the unfortunate side effects of the Palm Oil industry are all too real.  Those who have been paying attention know that it’s a massive contributor to deforestation.  For anybody unfamiliar, deforestation is the mass clearing of rainforests so that the land can be used for commercial farming instead – in this case, for Palm Oil and paper production.  

On the other hand, there’s deforestation occurring for paper, too.  All across the world, some of the oldest and most prominent forests are cleared to feed our habits of paper use.  Paper is used in places like offices and schools and commercial packaging products like cardboard.  For each tree cut down, it’s one less tree that can sequester carbon dioxide from our atmosphere – and each tree cut also releases a massive amount.  This is one of the most destructive industries on earth, and there certainly are much more viable alternatives… 

…However, we seem pretty stuck in our ways.

Clearing rainforests like this results in massive amounts of carbon dioxide being released from the soil.  And once the trees are gone, we’ve also taken away the ‘lungs of the earth’ and crippled the ecosystem’s ability to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  

Earth Day: Homeless Koala
Where did my home go???

Earth Day: Plastic Pollution on land and oceans

As if Global Warming and Deforestation weren’t significant enough problems, humans have been making an absolute mess of the physical condition of the earth.  It’s gotten to the point that these seemingly cosmetic issues negatively impact other life forms on our planet.  Whether it’s being taken to a landfill or disposed of into our sewerage, riverways, and oceans, there are drastic impacts for both humans and animals alike.

Surely we’re all familiar with the images of sea life with plastic beer cartons wrapped around their throats, grocery bags wrapped around their limbs, and plastic growing perforating through their bodies due to unnecessary encounters with our trash. 

If you want to learn more about reducing your single-use plastics, check out the linked blog!

Earth Day: Plastic On Marine Life

Industrial pollution and the discarding of plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.

— David Attenborough

Earth Day: Loss Of Biodiversity

Each one of these individual issues ends up pointing to one inevitable, globally recognised and rapidly developing dilemma – the loss of biodiversity.  

The pollution of land and oceans with trash is quite literally choking animals on the ground and in the sea.   Unlike humans, many animals will try to eat just about anything that comes their way.  When it comes to our trash, this ultimately results in the slow, painful death of animals.

On top of that, deforestation is forcing already endangered animals out of their natural habitats and extinction.  

Animals on land, animals in the sea, animals of the sky and land-dwelling & marine-based plant life suffer from our actions.  With life on earth slipping away bit by bit, it only begs to question how long it is before human life begins to feel the pinch?

Earth Day: Loss of Biodiversity

“Any one of its many capabilities should be greatly utilized in the reduction of population waste; environmental clean-up and bio-remediation of contaminated sites due to heavy metals, toxic waste, and pesticides.

Jason Patrick, Agropharmatech, Bio-Production, and Analytical Scientist at Sustainable Nutes

But how can any of this relate to Hemp?  We’re glad you asked! 

How Can Hemp Help offset the risk of an environmental meltdown?

Much like trees, Hemp can draw in co2 from the atmosphere.  Hemp requires a lot of Co2 to grow!  Some describe it as a ‘carbon pig’ because of its incredible ability to sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.  When speaking with Klara Marrozseky from The Australian Hemp Masonry Company about this topic, she noted there are three possible points where Hemp can sequester carbon dioxide:

When we reached out to Juan Mato Paredes, an environmental sustainability consultant from Made In Hemp, to have a discussion about the most important roll-on effects of growing Hemp, he noted that “the most important one it’s the potential for CO2 absorption and sequestration”.

Besides carbon sequestration, Hemp also offers the remarkable capability to remediate polluted soils. Termed as ‘bioremediation’, Hemp is a plant with a deep taproot that absorbs most of what is in the soil that it grows in. Most notably, Hemp was used in an experiment to remove radioactive compounds from soil contaminated by the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl. A farm in Italy also applied this science to their land that was contaminated by a toxic chemical by the name of ‘dioxin’ with positive results.

What About For Plastic And Litter?

On top of this, Hemp offers solutions to problems like single-use packaging pollution.  The biomass contents have been recognised as one of the most suitable options for sustainable packaging solutions as we move into a (hopefully) greener future.  The high cellulose content of Hemp’s stalk offers an incredible alternative for bioplastic manufacturing.  

On the other hand, the lignin content of the plant is showing promise for cardboard and paper!  Not only does this suggest Hemp could help combat plastic pollution, but it could also offset a certain amount of deforestation that happens while sourcing paper and cardboard.  Hemp can produce anywhere between 4x to 20x the amount of paper per acre than trees.  These options are sustainable and more biodegradable than traditional plastics that are derived from fossil fuels.  They’re also less toxic for humans and don’t take such a toll on the ecosystem.  

Hemp biomass could also serve as an alternative as fossil fuels for gas and electricity production. Whilst the field is still somewhat in it’s infancy, Jason Patrick from ‘Sustainable Nutes’ noted that they are looking into how hemp biomass can help provide gas and energy for rural areas in Hawaii.

Earth Day: Starving Polar Bear
Starving Polar Bear Searching For Food…

Wrap-Up

From the great pacific garbage patch to the ongoing release of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, there is a lot of damage done and only a bit being done about it.  Our planet’s ecosystem is in turmoil, and we’re only just starting to change our ways.  Some say it’s too late, whereas others still have hope that we can pivot our behaviour quick enough to halt a quickly approaching environmental catastrophe.  

“I don’t know how much time we have left, but we must wake the masses, for future generations. I hope we all wake up tomorrow and take the combat frontline.”

Elizabeth Knight – VP – Colorado Hemp Co | NoCo Hemp Expo

We have hope.  We can see that there are viable solutions, and we want to do our part to contribute to fixing the damage before it’s too late.  

You’ll never catch us saying that Hemp is the only solution, but what we can say is this:  Hemp can certainly play a role in restoration when it comes to specific issues mentioned in this article.  

“The answer lies in the soil

Landcare is people care

The earth may rock with revolution but the land will care for those that care for it”

– John Muir, Agricultural Agronomist & Industrial Hemp Consultant

The Benefits that Hemp Seed Oil offers Hair come from many of the same vitamins, nutrients, and fatty acids that help the rest of the body.  

Yep, you guessed it!  Hemp is excellent for your hair, too.  

When it comes to looking after hair, it’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to keep up with the latest products, trends, and research.  That’s why we’ve tried to make it as simple as possible for you!  

But we’ll tell you how we’ve done that later on. For now, we want to discuss all the benefits that can come from using Hemp Seed Oil in your Hair Care routine.  

Everybody knows how to keep their hair clean, in theory, but how many people truly know what they’re putting into their hair?  Like with any type of product in any market, not every hair care product is created equally.  Some hair care products can do more harm than good.  Generally, such products contain harsh chemicals that can reduce your hair’s strength and even cause hair loss.

On the other hand, hair care products containing Hemp Seed Oil can offer benefits such as reducing hair loss, strengthening hair, and moisturising both the hair and the scalp.

Read on to learn more about why these benefits of Hemp Seed Oil for Hair can occur!

Hemp Seed Oil Prevents Hair Loss

Certain studies have indicated that Hemp Seed Oil could help prevent hair loss in those who use it in their hair-case routine.  One study, in particular, demonstrated that a six-month treatment with Omega-3, Omega-6, and antioxidants reduced hair loss in women.  These essential fatty acids are critical when it comes to maintaining a full head of hair for longer!  A lack of vitamin, nutrient, and fatty-acid intake is a significant contributor to hair loss.

Numerous studies are suggesting that vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can be a cause of hair loss.   Most notably, off the back of this study, researchers found that supplementing Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and Iron showed results promising enough to be recommended for people suffering symptoms of hair loss.  All of these are found abundantly in Hemp Seed Oil!

Other nutrients in Hemp Seed Oil such as Selenium and Zinc may assist those suffering from hair loss.  However, this has been contested, with results varying from study to study.  Some studies have shown how supplementing these nutrients can be effective, whereas others have reported no significant benefits.  It seems that when it comes to Selenium and Zinc, the jury is still out. However, one thing for sure is that these won’t do you harm.  And in this case, you’re not consuming it, just nourishing your hair!

Hemp Seed Oil is loaded with Omega-3, Omega-6, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Iron, Zinc, and even trace amounts of selenium.  This is just one reason why we think it’s so incredibly beneficial for hair!  

So, how else does Hemp Seed Oil benefit your hair?

Hemp Seed Oil Strengthens Hair

The same study that found Omega-3, Omega-6, and antioxidants reduced hair loss also found that combining these things strengthened hair and hair growth in general.  86.1% of participants reported an increase in hair diameter, and 87.3% reported increased hair density.  Once again, Hemp Seed Oil contains all of the compounds found to be effective through this study.  Additionally, Hemp Seed Oil is loaded with a range of other nutrients that are beneficial for hair strength and maintenance.    

Having stronger hair means fewer split ends and less frizz.  As we all know, we feel a lot more confident when we’re in control of our hair!  

Hemp Seed Oil Moisturises Hair and Scalp

And we can’t forget about the crucial Omega-6 Fatty acid, Gamma-Linolenic Acid – GLA.  Acting as a potent anti-inflammatory, GLA will help reduce inflammation occurring in or around the pores of your scalp.  It was once known as the ‘king’s cure-all’ due to widespread use in cultures worldwide – from native American Indians to Kings in Europe. 

For healthy hair, it’s essential to keep your scalp healthy, too – they’re like two peas in a pod. If pores are blocked or inflamed, it can stop new hair from growing out or even cause hair to fall out.   GLA works alongside Vitamin E, a major antioxidant found in Hemp Seed Oil, reducing oxidative stress and preserving your scalp’s protective lipid layer.   

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to treat your damaged & brittle hair, trying to slow or reduce hair loss, or just reinforce your already-healthy hair and mitigate environmental damages – Hemp Seed Oil is the ideal supplement to include!  That’s why we have opted to infuse Hemp Seed Oil into our entire haircare range.  This way, it’s a whole lot easier for you to give your hair and scalp what they need to thrive!  

Made with Australian Grown, Processed, and Pressed Hemp Seed Oil, our Organic Hemp Hair products are blended with Australian botanicals and oils to bring you a high-quality product line that works wonders for your hair.  

It can be tough to look after your whole body in Australia’s harsh, ever-changing environment, but Hemp seems to offer an incredible glimmer of hope.  When used in conjunction with other natural botanicals, you can see some truly remarkable results for your hair!  

So what do you say, are you ready?

Check out our Hemp Hair Care range here to choose from our Hemp Shampoo & Conditioners, Hemp Hair Gel, Hair Serum, Hair Treatment, and beyond!

The steady rise in bans on single-use packaging has resulted in a drastic increase in demand for sustainable packaging worldwide.  Businesses and industries alike are pushing hard for new bioplastic options to meet new consumer standards.  When it comes to Hemp packaging, we haven’t seen a whole lot of commercial-scale options yet.  However, being an optimal bioplastic source that is also a sustainable crop means that it probably isn’t too far off!  Not only can it be made into biodegradable packing options, but it also absorbs remarkable amounts of Co2 from the earth’s atmosphere.

Once the plant has been processed into seeds, oils, and clothing, you can often find residual plant matter, which has been coined as ‘Hemp Biomass’.  It has an extremely high cellulose content which makes it optimal for the manufacturing of bioplastics.  Furthermore, Hemp’s bast fibre can be used as a sustainable alternative for making paper, cardboard, and other fibre-based packaging options.  Hemp can produce 4x the amount of the compounds used to make paper than trees can, whilst growing between 10-40x faster.  

Isn’t that something!?

Here are some reasons that Hemp is geared to be a preferred method of sustainable packaging in the future;

  1. Hemp plastic is significantly stronger than normal plastics, which makes it a hardy, safe option.  It’s also much lighter in weight!
  2. Hemp packaging is cheaper to produce than both traditional paper or plastic packaging.  Of course, due to the lack of commercial-scale production, you won’t see this reflected in the current market.
  3. We won’t necessarily need to build new infrastructure to shape the packaging once the raw materials have been made.  We can use existing moulds and machinery to produce everything – all we’ll need to do is substitute Hemp in the mix!
  4. Being a sustainable packaging option means that Hemp plastic can greatly offset the harmful side effects during or after production.  For example, Hemp plastic can decompose in 6-12 months – compared to as long as 1000 years for oil-based plastics!

Did you know that Henry Ford included Hemp in the body of the first car he ever made for Ford?  That’s right; this isn’t a new idea!  However, governments swept it under the rug due to the negative connotations surrounding cannabis.  Paying homage to the past (and the future), BMW, Mercedes Benz, and a range of other car manufacturers are now including Hemp fibre in the panels and shelves of their cars.  

Is there anyone reading this who wouldn’t want a stronger, more durable, sustainable option for their cars?  We doubt it!

Hemp PackagingCardboard and Paper

Making Hemp Cardboard can be accomplished by lining Hemp sheets made with corrugated blanks, just like traditional cardboard.  All it takes is a bit of knowledge in papercraft and the necessary tools or machinery – this is all depending on the scale you’re going for!  In fact, your local box mill should have adequate infrastructure to undertake such a project.  Of course, you’re going to need the Hemp processed into bast fibre first, which seems to be the biggest restriction for this market to move forward at this point.

You could choose to use Hemp Cardboard for just about any purpose that normal types would – it’s just a lot more sustainable!  What’s more is that you can add gloss, UV, or matte coatings to make it all the more suitable for your immediate needs.  

Could Hemp Packaging Soon Be A Reality In Australia?
Our WA Hemp Processing Facility will be able to provide bast fibre for research.

Hemp Packaging – Bioplastics

The world is moving away from single-use plastic water bottles due to climate change, plastic pollution, & micro-plastics that we’re finding in both humans and animals.  And whether the plastic is single-use or multi-use, they’re still unsafe to similar extents.  Purchasing any plastic products encourages the market to supply more through increased demand.  From the point that normal plastics are manufactured to the moment they’re discarded into the environment, they’re causing damage. 

On the other hand, Hemp bioplastic bottles could be made with organically grown Hemp and, as mentioned previously, can decompose within six months.  This could be a great contribution to efforts aiming to fix problems caused by pollution from traditional plastic types!  The simple fact that the process is so clean and sustainable is enough of a reason to make the switch in itself. 

Hemp farming and processing is a cheaper and resource-lighter process than mining and manufacturing regular plastic. As such, it’s anticipated that Hemp bioplastic should decrease in price as soon as there are more commercial options.

Hemp plastic packaging is a magnificent solution to the world’s overuse of oil-based plastics.  They are eco-friendly, sturdier, safer, and weigh a lot less.  This saves on environmental damages, human health issues, and even transport costs!  As bioplastics are the way of the future, it’s only logical to see Hemp as a fix to this problem we’ve found ourselves with.

Conclusion: 

Hemp-based plastic is seeing a great deal of interest, and the use cases are only expanding.  Despite this solution being presented almost 80 years ago, we’ve only started to see the idea come to fruition in modern times.  This could transform the entire packaging industry and not only offer cheaper options but also more sustainable.   We eventually hope to participate in research and development with the opening of our new Hemp Processing facility, right here in Margaret River WA

The biggest question is: Who’s going to scale the production first?

With how much we talk about it, we’re sure you’ve heard of Hempcrete by now!  It’s great to see more awareness being spread about this incredible building material that we’re starting to see more of.  But it’s sudden presence is bound to raise many questions!

Before you start planning your dream house, we want to answer a few common enquiries people often have about Hempcrete and how it stacks up against concrete.  

Why should we choose Hempcrete over concrete for future homes?  What are the biggest benefits of Hempcrete?  Are there any disadvantages or anywhere that Hempcrete can’t be used?  

These are all great questions!  And instead of continuing to introduce this weeks topic, let’s just dive right in.

What is Hempcrete?

Hempcrete is an eco-friendly building material made with Hemp, used in construction by various civilizations throughout history.  The bast fibre of hemp is often used for clothing; Hemp building materials are made with the inner core – or the hurd.  Known for its superior properties for home development, Hempcrete is becoming a popular choice for the eco-conscious new home builder looking for a long-lasting, sustainable material for their property.  

How is Hempcrete Made?

Hempcrete is made by mixing Hemp Hurd (broken down through processing) with a binding agent and water.  Hempcrete can be easily laid to form a wide range of structures, most often made with completely natural materials – most notably houses.  We process our Hemp Hurd through our very own Australian Hemp Fibre Processing Facility right here in Margaret River, WA.  Once the hurd has been separated from the fibre, we can use the hurd, which present like wood chips, in our completely natural Hemp housing projects.

Hempcrete House In Construction

What is Hempcrete Made Of?

Hempcrete can be made from a range of materials.  Most commonly, a lime binder and water is added to a mixer with Hemp Hurd.  Other ingredients that can be used in addition to the lime binding agent when time constraints involved are;

At our sibling company Hemp Homes Australia, we use a 100% natural mixture of Hemp, Lime (from limestone) and water to make our Hemp Houses in Western Australia!

Benefits of Hempcrete

And so much more!

What is Concrete?

Despite what many would imagine, Concrete is a relatively new building material compared to Hempcrete blends.  It is far less environmentally friendly, and cannot be disposed of in landfill due to the toxic chemicals required to build with it.  Concrete is most commonly made with water, limestone, sand, and even stone.  Once mixed, it is heated at 1450 degrees celsius and must remain at high temperatures until it is poured on the desired site. 

There is a wide array of health risks associated with working with concrete (or cement) due to the level of exposure to toxic chemicals and harsh ingredients.  From physical to mental illnesses, concrete has wreaked havoc on a generation of builders.

Hempcrete vs Concrete

When comparing the two building materials, it’s important to keep the different case uses in mind.  As the field currently stands, we cannot accurately compare the two for building large structures due to the lack of research and building larger, hemp-reinforced commercial structures.  However, what we can do is compare the two in building houses.

Houses made with concrete have a much shorter lifecycle than Hempcrete, and concrete lacks the reusability offerings that hemp has.  Immediately, this makes Hempcrete the more attractive option for anybody looking for long-lived housing that can be repurposed or disposed of – if the situation required such actions.  Most notably, there is a Hempcrete building in Japan that has been standing for over 300 years.  Could you find a concrete house that’s been standing for 300 years?  We don’t think so!  

When it comes to the environmentally-friendliness of Hempcrete vs concrete, Hempcrete will once again present as the most desirable option.  Not only did your Hemp home sequester carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during growth, but it continues to absorb roughly 108kg/m³ of Hemp+lime material over its lifetime once the structure has been made. It locks this carbon in for life, and when the material breaks down in the environment, it returns the carbon dioxide to the soil sediment – back to where it belongs!

In terms of the health benefits of Hempcrete up against concrete, it’s another no-brainer.  Hemp materials breathe, which means that moisture isn’t being trapped and allowed to mould throughout the house’s lifetime – unlike concrete.  Once concrete sets, moisture is trapped, and it can often cause mould.  Mould in homes is often responsible for allergies and illness.  Hempcrete is hypoallergenic, so those with allergies will breathe much easier knowing that their Hempcrete home is going to keep them healthy, happy, and in high spirits.

Wrap-Up

So that’s it, folks!  Some of the most pressing questions about Hempcrete – answered.  We hope this encompassed the topic well, and answered any queries you might have about our favourite building material.  If you’re considering building your home with hemp, please get in touch with Australian Hemp Masonary if you’re on the East Coast of Australia and reach out to us or Hemp Homes Australia if you’re on the West!

If you have any more questions, please drop a comment and let us know so we can get back to you.

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