Day 11 of 31 Hemp Products: Paper

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SUB MARKETS: Pulp, Stationery, Office Supplies

Day eleven of our 31 Days of Hemp campaign pays homage to the roots of our written heritage: hemp paper. While not the first material utilized to record history, hemp paper has been found in China dating back to 100 BC. Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were originally drafted on hemp paper. With two to three times as much cellulose [fiber] than wood, hemp processing uses far fewer chemicals and less water to separate the components. Deforestation is also mitigated with hemp inputs, as growing global demand strains the intensive process of turning wood pulp into paper.

Some other great benefits of hemp paper production include:

  • Less lignin to extract than wood pulp
  • Higher (~4x) yield per acre
  • Carbon-sink / negative
  • Few or no acidic treatments
  • Low-toxicity production
  • Recyclable / Reusable
  • Renewable
  • Longer lasting


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