Around the world, builders are putting modern twists into ancient construction methods that employ the hearty hemp.
The need to develop biodegradable, compostable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics is pressing. With today’s consumption rates, it’s simply not feasible to keep pumping out conventional plastics, each with a lifespan of 500 years or more.
"The material, Hempcrete, isn't common, but it’s certainly earned its pedigree in the UK," says presenter Kevin McCloud.
"It’s a mixture of hemp, which is the stuff they use on the floor of equestrian arenas and is like finely chipped bark and lime."
Producing and using hemp tissues is more economical than producing tissues from trees, this is because it is eco-friendly as no tree will be cut down to produce such tissue papers.
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country” - Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father & former President of the United States.
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Hemp, a miracle plant that in centuries past was used to make an endless list of items, for maps and bibles to shipping ropes, could be used to solve many of our world issues today.
Plastic is an inescapable part of our everyday lives, so why is almost all of it still made from polluting, non-renewable petrochemicals?
Porsche says the material is similar in weight and stiffness to a traditional carbon fiber composites and that the organic ingredients used are agricultural by-products, making it more environmentally friendly.