Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Hemp Plastic: Not Just For Sandals Anymore:
With oil prices climbing all over the world, plastics manufacturers are looking to alternative sources of raw material that don't rely on synthetics. British company Hemp Plastics thinks it's on the right track to producing a 100% hemp feedstock plastic. It's current formulation, which uses hemp fiber filler bound with recycled plastic (a petrochemical component which they [plan] to replace with a hemp starch polymer) is lightweight, super tough, and even with its oil-based binder, uses far less petroleum than a comparable piece of polycarbonate...
They' produce CD cases, a spice grinder and a kitchen scale. It's worth noting that the latter two are … shall we say dual use?

In any event, every little bit helps.