Interesting facts about the “Environmentally Friendly”, “Sustainable” and Versatile
Hemp plant.

  • Hemp can grow without pesticides and herbicides
  • Columbus sailed to the “New World” in ships with hemp sails and rigged with hemp rope
  • The original Levi jeans were made with hemp fabric
  • A hemp crop is ready to harvest in only 100 days
  • The first draft of the American Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper
  • During the reign of Elizabeth 1st all landowners were required to grow a hemp crop or face a fine. It was essential for the naval fleet in its defence of the realm
  • Hemp Seed Oil is the most balanced nutritional oil
  • Betty Ross made the first American flag with hemp canvas
  • For paper production – one acre of hemp provides the equivalent of four acres of trees
  • 25% of the world’s agro-chemicals drench the cotton crop.
  • Henry Ford built a car out of hemp
  • Old hemp rope was recycled to make early bank notes…“money for/from old rope”
  • Early editions of the King James Bible were printed on hemp paper.
  • The Hemp Store offered the first 100% hemp Frisbees!!!
  • In 1993 hemp is grown again in the UK for the first time in 70 years.
  • Modern car manufactures incorporate hemp in car parts.
  • Hemp is the strongest natural fibre
  • In the 19th century 80% of all the world’s fabric was sourced from hemp.
  • Rembrandt and Van Gogh used hemp canvas and hemp base paints
  • Using 55% hemp in a t-shirt instead of 100% cotton saves over 100 gallons of water

 

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