If you are a fan of HempOilTalk you will know that we cover every aspect of hemp. Even hemp toilet paper.
Hemp is a magical plant used for thousands of years due to its wide variety of uses. It’s the plant that keeps on giving.
You might have already known that regular writing paper used to be made on an industrial scale with hemp fibers, but did you know that toilet paper could also be made with hemp fibers?
Hemp is subspecies of the cannabis plant and has lots of industrial importance, as it can be turned into a fiber, oils and several other things.
Don’t worry, hemp is not grown for its recreational drug abilities. Hemp contains so little THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that it is not noticeable, you will not get high or feel any psychotropic effects from using hemp toilet paper 😉
Hemp fibers are similar to other fibers like wool or cotton. Hemp fibers can be used to make handwoven bags, clothes or shoes.
A case for the environment: Hemp versus Trees by the numbers
- Hemp produces four times more cellulose fibers per acre compared to trees.
- Hemp takes about 4-5 months to grow, whereas trees take 50 – 100 years.
- Hemp is worlds best biomass as you can grow 10 tons of hemp per acre.
- To create paper, you only need the cellulose part of the plant. Trees are 30% cellulose, harsh chemicals are used to breakdown the plant to retrieve this 30%.
- Hemp is 85% cellulose, almost 3 times more than trees.
- Hemp can be harvested far more easily than trees can.
- Current pulp and paper mills make up 1/4th of all solid waste in landfill sites.
- 35% of trees are being cut down for paper. Consumption of paper has increased by 400% in 40 years.
- In the US in 2015, 20% of all toxic air waste is due to pulp and paper production.
- 1 ton of paper pollutes 76,000 liters of water or 20,000 gallons.
Hemp has the potential to save our planet. By substituting tree-based products with hemp-based products we can move towards a greener future. One small step can be as simple as changing your regular toilet paper with hemp toilet paper.
Typical Uses Of Hemp
Commercially grown hemp has many uses. The fiber part of the hemp plant is referred to as the bast which relates to the fibers growing outside on the stalk of the plant. Depending on the process of removing the fiber, the color of the hemp fiber may be white, brown, grey, black or even green. Hemp fibers obtained from stripping the bast are usually as long as the length of the hemp plant itself. Later the bast fibers can be cut short according to the purpose of use.
In several parts of Europe and China, hemp fibers are mixed with building materials to obtain more concrete support. A mixture of fiberglass, hemp fiber, kenaf, and flux are combined to make composite panels for automobiles. Hemp fibers can be used for various purposes. The harder parts of the plants’ stem are used to prepare bedding for horses, chickens and other animals. There are several hemp trading organizations from where you can order several qualities of hemp.
Hemp fiber has antibacterial and antifungal properties which ensure healthy skin. Additionally, Hemp fiber is resistant to mildew and several other fungi.
If you are wearing a garment made of pure hemp fiber, the chances of infection are considerably lower, than if you were wearing an article of clothing made of cotton fiber.
We’ve dedicated an entire article to the 9 Hottest Hemp-Based Products to try in 2019 if you want to learn about more uses of this industrious and eco-friendly plant.
Hemp makes for a great toilet paper for the same reasons as it makes for great bedding for animals.
The 3 main reasons for hemp being a great toilet paper material:
- Hemp fibers are odorless.
- Hemp toilet paper can absorb up to 4 times its own weight.
- Hemp is environmentally friendly and sustainable. Hemp does not require any pesticides or fertilizers to grow, as well as being able to be harvested in 120 days, requiring little water, and having the ability to renew the soil.
The only drawback of using hemp as a toilet paper is its high price, and usually one has to look online to be able to find it. We will tell you your best options down below for purchasing hemp toilet paper.
Hemp’s Historical Significance in the States
The US used to be at the forefront of Hemp processing.
George Washington himself was a fan of the plant and pressured the people around him to cultivate the practical plant.
President Washington was also known for growing the plant himself. It is believed that George Washington not only bred the plant for the fibers but even sampled some of his strains in an attempt to find a solution to his toothache.
Thomas Jefferson was not to mention also a proponent of the hemp plant.
The hemp plant could be utilized for many reasons, making it be a very lucrative cash crop. Slaves would often find themselves working on hemp fields. Kentucky’s economy, in particular, was very tied to the production of hemp.
1937 marked the decline of hemp production in the United States, as the Marihuana Tax Act was passed which lead to a tax being levied on anyone doing business in hemp. The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act is credited for destroying the hemp industry and is believed to be propelled solely for the rise of similar adjacent industries in an attempt at greater profits. Despite this, hemp played a large lasting role throughout World War II, ensuring that US soldiers were always well equipped with proper uniforms. Largely thanks to Kentucky’s large hemp fields.
Even though hemp played a significant role throughout US history as a source of revenue and materials, in addition to its support of the troops it has been misconstrued and distorted by authoritative entities as a dangerous drug leading to its unjust eradication as a useful material.
The Best Places To Order Hemp Toilet Paper
Hemp toilet paper can be hard to get your hands on. Although the future looks promising with companies such as Hempies Paper, stating that they will soon launch their hemp toilet paper.
Sadly, Amazon does not currently sell any hemp toilet paper. However one can purchase hemp toilet paper through Alibaba.
Alibaba is the world’s largest online retailer based in China, they deliver worldwide, however.
Here is a link to Alibaba’s online Hemp toilet paper store