Presentation Title

Industrial Uses of Hemp as a Sustainable Material

Faculty Mentor

James H Miller

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

137

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Sustainability is becoming a major focus in media and is important in the broader scope of climate change and growing concern to take action.“[Hemp is able to provide substitutes for over 50,000 products including fabrics, paper, plastics, paints, fuels, building materials, food, and oil, that are currently produced with high waste of energy.]” (Pergamo, R., Briamonte, L., & Cerrato, D.). There is no reason why we should be using petroleum based products over hemp with the environmental problems we are facing. The industrial benefits of using hemp as an alternative material “regarding the energy balance, the hemp energy chain achieves the highest net useful energy yield, [and] profits from hemp production exceeded those from the two perennial energy crops” (Finnan, J., & Styles, D.). Theories and methodologies that are reflected in this topic are supply and demand, if consumers demand environmentally responsible products, industries will have to change their decisions. I think this issue reflects a much bigger problem in our society, where environmentally responsible choices are suppressed by companies that are unwilling to change harmful practices due to financial interest, making environmentally conscious decisions more expensive for consumers. The purpose of this piece is to help increase awareness for hemp use as an environmentally responsible alternative material.

Keywords: Hemp, sustainability, energy chain, energy crops, supply and demand

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Industrial Uses of Hemp as a Sustainable Material

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Sustainability is becoming a major focus in media and is important in the broader scope of climate change and growing concern to take action.“[Hemp is able to provide substitutes for over 50,000 products including fabrics, paper, plastics, paints, fuels, building materials, food, and oil, that are currently produced with high waste of energy.]” (Pergamo, R., Briamonte, L., & Cerrato, D.). There is no reason why we should be using petroleum based products over hemp with the environmental problems we are facing. The industrial benefits of using hemp as an alternative material “regarding the energy balance, the hemp energy chain achieves the highest net useful energy yield, [and] profits from hemp production exceeded those from the two perennial energy crops” (Finnan, J., & Styles, D.). Theories and methodologies that are reflected in this topic are supply and demand, if consumers demand environmentally responsible products, industries will have to change their decisions. I think this issue reflects a much bigger problem in our society, where environmentally responsible choices are suppressed by companies that are unwilling to change harmful practices due to financial interest, making environmentally conscious decisions more expensive for consumers. The purpose of this piece is to help increase awareness for hemp use as an environmentally responsible alternative material.

Keywords: Hemp, sustainability, energy chain, energy crops, supply and demand