Hemp Habitats – Homes of the Future?

Hemp homes, while not mainstream yet, are the cutting edge of green building and living. Hemp, one of the strongest and most durable fibers on the planet, is being used for foundations, walls, roofing, insulation, and indoor textiles and installations.

Hemcrete is made with hemp hurds  and lime, and is stronger, lighter, and more flexible than concrete. It is used for foundations and wall structures, and is a carbon-negative substitute for traditional concrete.

Buildings account for 38% of the CO2 emissions in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council and demand for carbon neutral and/or zero-footprint buildings is at an all-time high.” (Inhabitat.com)

Hempboard is a fiber board made with hemp hurds. It can be used for walls, cabinetry, doors, shelves, furniture, and flooring.

Hemp insulation comes in many forms – mat and roll, spun and loosely compacted hemp fiber insulation, and hemcrete.

Hemp roof tiles can come in several shapes and sizes.

In all of the above applications, hemp is the perfect choice  because it is:

Water resistant

Insect resistant

Mold resistant

Rodent repellent

In some applications, the products are fire-resistant and,

In all applications the hemp is an excellent insulator and of course, helps to keep the air in the home clean.

Any why, do you ask, are hemp homes carbon negative? The growing and harvesting of the hemp plants lock up a larger amount of carbon dioxide (cleaning the air and environment)  than the lime binder used in the hemcrete production.

Farming hemp in the U.S. and building more hemp structures would be valuable – both economically AND environmentally.

Going Green With Hemp Home Furnishings

Hemp is used in many applications today – nutrition, medicine, fuel, plastics, auto components, and textiles. We also see a trend that is leading to green, natural furniture.

Hemp leaves a negative carbon footprint. It nourishes the soil and cleans the air. It is pest resistant, rodent resistant, mold and mildew resistant. Hemp fiber is one of the longest, strongest, and most versatile fibers known to man.

Throughout history ship sails were made from hemp canvas, not cotton, because cotton deteriorated must faster. The first Levi-Strauss jeans were made from hemp.

Furniture made with hemp fabric is durable and withstands water better than other fabrics. Hemp fabric is also stain resistant (to a point – for those of you with children, I’m sure you’ll love this info!). I’m sure you’ve seen or even had upholstery that was near a window for a long time that showed signs of fading. Hemp fabrics are UV resistant, so there is less chance of them fading as quickly as other fabrics.

(French Country Hemp Armchair)

Hemp fabrics have more fire-retardant properties than most fabrics.

Because hemp fabric is so versatile, it can be used on sofas, chairs, as furniture covers, pillow covers, seat cushion covers, rugs, and curtains. A note about hemp curtains – unlined hemp curtains will fade over time, but it takes much longer than curtains made from other fabrics.

(Chenille Hemp Rug)

So, if you are thinking of creating a greener home, why not start with hemp furnishings?

About Hemp Toilet Paper ~ Answering Your Questions

Dear Readers,

There have been many inquiries about the hemp toilet paper. I have attached a photo and description that should help. I have also posted a previous article about toxins in regular toilet paper, feel free to read that!

If you would like to know how you can get hemp toilet paper, please contact me. Thank you for your interest, your support, and your shares. YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

Is Your Toilet Paper Polluting Your Body With Toxins?

In a recent study, scientists tested the umbilical cord blood from infants. Up to 287 chemicals and toxins were found in the blood. These toxins came from the mother via personal care products, air, water, and food.

What is one way the chemicals enter the body? Through the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It absorbs nutrients and chemicals through the air or by contact. After the skin is penetrated the chemicals go to the bloodstream and are carried to all parts of the body.

Now, I am going to expand this post from a previous post about toilet paper. Toilet paper made from wood pulp is treated and processed with harsh, dangerous chemicals.

Below is a sampling of the chemicals used in paper processing:

  • Ammonium Zirconium Carbonate (AZC)
  • Anthraquinone
  • Anti-Foam/Defoamer (highly insoluble in water)
  • Alkylphenol Ethoxylates
  • Alkenyl Succinic Anhydride
  • Caustic Lye or Caustic Soda or Lye
  • Chlorine Dioxide
  • Chlorine Gas
  • Diethylene Triamine Penta Acetate
  • Ethylene Diamine Tetra acetic Acid
  • Sodium Hydrosulfite

BPA (Bisphenol A) is also found in traditional wood-based toilet paper. It isn’t often intentionally added, but is added when toilet paper is used with recycled paper and plastic products.

According to Medical News Today : “Bisphenol a is an endocrine disruptor – a substance which interferes with the production, secretion, transport, action, function and elimination of natural hormones. BPA can imitate our body’s own hormones in a way that could be hazardous for health.” (You can Google “BPA” and find dozens of health conditions that are caused by BPA.)

Now, think about how many times your skin comes into contact with traditional toilet paper during the day.

Unless you lived in a (BPA-free) plastic bubble, there is no way you could avoid all toxins. A great way to start, however, is by using hemp toilet paper, which is less chemically intensive in the processing and is cleaner and safer, for the body and environment. It is stronger than traditional wood-based toilet paper and less is needed.

Hemp toilet paper ~ your skin will love it.

Hemp Toilet Paper ~ Treat Your Tush

What? Hemp toilet paper? Yes, I can hear you asking. And yes, it is HERE!

Imagine, a product that we all use every day. And it is TREELESS!

One acre of hemp can produce as much as 4 acres of trees, in a fraction of the time. Hemp heals the soil, does not cause erosion when it is harvested, and is environmentally viable.

Hemp not only heals the soil, it also cleans the air that we breathe. It is carbon-negative.

Producing any type of paper from trees involves a more chemically-intensive process. Processing hemp paper does not create harmful dioxins, or any of the thousands of chlorinated chemical compounds that are not only unhealthy, but dangerous.

A natural, organic source for toilet tissue? Good for the environment?

Yes, it is here.

Believe it.