Why? Save the Trees
Hemp is such a hearty crop that it has the ability to produces large quantities of useable materials every season. The need to start using hemp for paper again has been known for a long time to the US. As per the US Dept. of Agriculture, 1916 USDA Bulletin 404: “Farming 10,000 Acres of Hemp Will Provide as Much Paper, Building Materials & Pulp as 41,000 Acres of Forest.” Now weigh that with current deforestation rates and it is really something to consider. The UN FAO reports deforestation rates at one acre every… second. That’s correct, every second. Which equates to 32,500,000 acres per year. The growing lack of forest is a huge contributor to green house gas emission and global warming.
Before it was decided it was a better idea to mow down all the trees, hemp used to be a mainstay for printing. Famous firsts on hemp included the first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence, The Gutenberg Bible, The King James Bible, works by Mark Twain and many other famous novelists, and much more. Originally almost all books were printed on hemp paper. Going back to the durability of hemp, printing books on hemp is what has allowed many antique books to still be around. Hemp paper holds together longer and better, and it is also easier to recycle. Using trees to make paper also creates a lot of byproduct waste, as the whole tree can not be used for the paper. Only 30% of trees are used in the process, the rest becomes waste and/or stripped with harmful chemicals during the process. Hemp can provide a renewable source for paper that is grown faster, made easier, and is an overall better product than using trees for paper. From the beginning of printing presses hemp was used as the mainstay for paper, it is about time we go back to it.