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Amazing Hemp. Versatile, low footprint, fast growing

Amazing Hemp. Versatile, low footprint, fast growing

Hemp is truly the 'discovery' of the 21st century. Environmentally friendly and with pretty much every part of the plant able to be used

After 25 years growing hemp in WA, we are one of the original hemp family businesses in Australia. I am proud to say that 2021 will see Margaret River Hemp Co with the biggest crop in the west. 

The wide range of our hemp products shows you just how versatile the plant is. We also make everything locally here in Margaret River, including a range of hemp soaps, skin care, body care, hair care and bath and shower products that were all made with our Australian grown, cold-pressed Hemp Seed Oil. 

We also stock hemp foods in the form of hemp protein, flour, seed, and of course hemp seed oil. We’ve even got some delicious hemp chocolates for the sweet tooth. Yep, it’s all made here by us – and vegan friendly.

We are very excited to be promoting hemp to encourage others to grow it and develop more products

Hemp is a truly incredible plant, taking only around four months to grow, which is at least two times faster than any other commercial crop. When hemp is grown, harvested, and processed, some biological material is left behind, usually composed of non-flower parts, like seeds, stalks and leaves and that is called hemp biomass. Hemp biomass has tons of applications.

Australia has a capacity to develop a huge hemp packaging industry

Hemp produces 60-75% cellulose content within its biomass by absorbing carbon dioxide from the environment, and that same cellulose is what is used to make a 100% plant-based and chemical-free hemp plastic cannabis packaging. Hemp's environmental credentials are legendary:

  • I tonne of hemp sequesters 1.5 tonnes of carbon
  • Hemp is regenerative and an ideal rotational crop as it remediates the soil it is grown in
  • Hemp uses much less water than other crops and requires none of the pesticides

In Australia, we do need new technologies and infrastructure for hemp to be processed into 'plastic', but we already have the capability. We are keen to see hemp develop as packaging because that creates demand and means hemp will become cheaper and more affordable as more farmers grow, and technology in this area increases  and that is way better for the environment.

Hemp cardboard is essentially made by lining hemp sheets constructed by making corrugated blanks, just as you would usually make with regular material. All you require is some basic papermaking knowledge and the proper infrastructure. A general box mill has sufficient technology and infrastructure to support hemp cardboard packaging, and you can customise the product into the dimensions that you require.

Who will take on hemp packaging in Australia? 

Side note: what is the difference between hemp and marijuana?

Industrial Hemp is a plant with under 0.3-1% THC (Depending on the country and state).

Marijuana or Medical cannabis is a plant with over 1% THC content. In Australia right now, anything with more than 1% THC is considered medical or illegal cannabis.

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