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Eco-Friendly packaging & Hemp Paper: Why Are These Important?

Eco-Friendly packaging & Hemp Paper: Why Are These Important?

Eco-Friendly packaging & Hemp Paper: Why Are These Important?

Great question! Here at hempathy, we aim to make products that give back to the planet and can truly claim the title of sustainable “Green Beauty”. Eco-friendly packaging is a huge part of our plan to make these things possible. 

But what does eco-friendly packaging even mean?

Eco-friendly packaging is a form of environmentally-friendly packaging that is often made out of recycled or renewable materials. It is safe and sustainable for both us, as humans, and our environment. 

Countries around the world are realizing that they must act immediately to reduce the impact that trash is having on our planet. When trash doesn’t biodegrade or compost, it’s a long-term problem that we are forced to find space for. A collaborative report from a few departments of the U.S. government listed the time it takes for some packaging to break down in the environment. 

Examples include:

  • Glass bottles: 1 million years (these are better to reuse and refill)
  • Plastic beverage bottles: 450 years.
  • Aluminum cans: 80-to-200 years.
  • Plastic bags: 10-to-20 years.

This is where hemp paper, which is the material that we use in all of our hempathy products’ packaging and in our shipping materials, comes into play!

Hemp paper is a valuable alternative to conventional paper made from trees. It provides a more renewable source for much of the world’s paper needs - the more companies that start adapting and using hemp paper for their products, the better!

Hemp paper can be made from hemp plants long bast fiber or the short bast fiber (hurd or pulp). The chemical composition of hemp hurds is similar to that of wood, making hemp a good choice as a raw material for manufacturing paper. The quality of paper is actually HIGHER than wood, as hemp pulp is much better for paper than wood pulp. 

Here’s a breakdown of hemp versus trees (and how hemp can help solve our growing deforestation crisis):

  • 1 acre of Hemp can produce as much paper as 4-10 acres of trees over a 20 year cycle.
  • Hemp stalks grow in 4 months, whereas trees take 20-80 years.
  • Hemp has a higher concentration of cellulose than wood, the principal ingredient in paper.
  • Trees are made up of only 30% cellulose, requiring the use of toxic chemicals to remove the other 70%. Hemp, on the other hand, can have have up to 85% cellulose content.
  • Hemp has lower lignin content than wood. Hemp contains 5-24% lignin whereas wood has 20-35%. This is advantageous as lignin must be removed from the pulp before it can be processed as paper.
  • Hemp paper is more durable than trees. Hemp paper does not yellow, crack, or deteriorate like tree paper.
  • Wider use of hemp paper can help sustainability efforts to reduce deforestation.

With full legalization of hemp, hempathy hopes to see more hemp being grown for pulp in the near future. Paper mills will need to add hemp paper to their offerings and learn to adapt their machinery for hemp printing, all of which will be worth it in the long run. 

When you shop our products, you help us in our mission to create a truly sustainable skincare line that gives back to the earth. Let’s work together and keep our planet green!   #hempathyliving

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