There was a huge circulation of books and newspapers during the 1940s, which demanded the use of inexpensive materials for cellulose. Thus commercial wood pulp replaced hemp paper. The demand for wood pulp has also resulted in increasing the use of forests. Did you realize about 60% of the number of trees cut across the world are currently being utilized exclusively to make paper?
To bring back some of the lost tradition of hemp papermaking, Hessen Hanf conducted an online hemp paper-making workshop using The German language. In the course, we went deep into the making of hemp as a renewable material to make paper. We then followed that up with an intense session for around 20 people. The participants were taught the process of making hemp papers on an artisanal scale. Participants used hemp-based fibers that were sourced from Obelisk Farm. Everyone of all ages including children took part in this event! Making the best natural handmade paper with their hands within the pulp proved greatly enjoyable for all. While it took a while to get the process of making hemp paper and the process, everyone enjoyed working with their hands to witness the fibers change into paper made by hand.
Benefits of hemp paper over tree paper
Like many other hand-crafted industries, the methods and practices of the traditional hand-made hemp paper industry have also been impacted by displacement and disappearance by the advances and the interests of the chemical and wood industries. However hemp paper is an alternative source for paper production. Here are some fascinating facts regarding hemp paper:Optimized pulp production
Hemp is among the fastest-growing plant species on Earth. It only takes four months to reach the age of harvest as opposed to pulp trees that require between 6 and 20 years. In addition, hemp occupies just a tenth of the area that trees need! Furthermore, one hemp acre can yield more paper than the equivalent of 4-10 acres in the course of a 20-year period.Degradatin and forest degradation are prevented.
The majority of the trees used in pulp products such as the eucalyptus plantations aren’t appropriate for the environment they are grown on. This could result in the degradation of land. The paper industry as a whole has also been responsible for approximately 14% of the deforestation that occurs in the world. In contrast, hemp paper is the best option to avoid forest destruction.High-quality paper
Since the pulp of hemp is superior to wood and paper, the high-quality hemp paper is higher. For example, hemp paper will not fade or be yellow as paper made from trees. The main ingredient in the paper’s composition is called cellulose. Hemp has a higher concentration of cellulose (85 percent) percentage than wood (30 percent) which enhances the quality of hemp paper superior.stainable way of producing
Energy and water are used in large quantities during commercial paper manufacturing. This results in a resource-intensive process that results in huge amounts of waste generation as well as solid waste and emissions of air pollutants. In addition, there is heavy use of chemicals for the production of wood paper. Although the use of chemicals to make paper is not expensive, it can be costly and harmful to the ecological environment. However, there is a lot of chemicals are not needed in the production of hemp paper, making it more sustainable.
The workshop brought us back to the amazing advantages hemp paper has to offer. The final products from this workshop were gorgeous tiny sheets of hemp paper. Apart from that, some amazing inventive ideas were generated during the course. For example, putting seeds of flowers in the wet paper, so that it could develop into a plant following the initial use! While it would be ideal to create invitation cards out of these rustic pieces of hemp paper the current circumstances do not allow us to invite people to parties. To make up for this we could create unique hemp-based postcards that send messages of love to your family and friends!
After growing acceptance of hemp, the cannabis industry has increased in both popularity and profits. Many companies have come up with diverse cannabis-infused goods and services. From cannabis-infused food to cannabis oil massages The doors have been opened and the applications of cannabis are limitless. In the printing industry, it has introduced hemp paper made from renewable resources which is the first-ever paper in the world.