HEMP BASED PLASTICS
OIL BASED PLASTICS
Hemp plastic can be five times stiffer and 2.5 times stronger than polypropylene (PP) plastic.
Bioplastics are non-toxic and won’t leach chemicals into food. Hemp does not pose the health and safety risks associated with certain plastics that are reinforced with glass fibers.
Considering the fact that billions of pounds of plastics are manufactured and thrown away each year, our planet will soon become the trash capitol of the galaxy. Recycling is an option but only 5% of this waste is currently being captured and processed.
BPA is often added to plastics to make them more durable, but it was once given to animals like cows and chickens to cause them to gain weight before slaughter. BPA is known to disrupt hormones and can mimic the effect of estrogen in the body, leading to weight gain and hormone imbalance.
The carbon footprint of manufacturing bioplastics is reportedly 75% lower than that of PET and PS alternatives i.e. their manufacture is kinder to the environment.
Estimates return a figure of about 500,000 tons a year of bio-plastic production and show two-digit growth in the European Union.
According to a study conducted by The National Center for Biotechnology Information in America; plastics (including BPA free plastics) leach estrogen-like chemicals into food. Oil based bottles have been shown to cause liver and reproductive problems, asthma in children, low sperm count, advance puberty in teenagers, and even linked to brain, breast, prostate and reproductive cancer.
Oil based plastic bottles NEVER biodegrade in our landfills, posing an extreme environmental issue for our planet.
Over the past 60 years, society has become reliant on polycarbonate plastics that are shatter-proof, resistant to electricity and visually clear. Used for everything, from power tools to baby bottles, giving up the convenience and affordability of this product is unimaginable.
The pros are obvious, but do the cons merit a change?