November 9th, 2020 – The plastic market is a $568B annual revenue industry that has sprouted from nothing over the last four decades. The petroleum industry played a major role in plastic production, distribution, and expansion. Over time, industry found the added benefits and lower costs of plastics made changing from metal, wood, or glass a simple decision.
Over the last few decades there have been more calls to reduce carbon emissions, which has increasingly been a topic of conversation in boardrooms across the world. The plastic market is at a crossroad and requires a rebranding from their existing petroleum-based narrative. But, lets be realistic, petroleum-based plastics aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
This is where industrial hemp comes in. Hemp as an additive to existing plastic products can create stronger, lighter, and less expensive end products across manufacturing. In addition to the strength, weight, and price benefits plastics can experience with an environmentally friendly additive, industrial hemp can also get a traditional plastic over the “bioplastic” threshold set by the government. 22.5% is the magic number, if 22.5% of a plastics weight is bio material, it is instantly considered a bioplastic. Once hemp makes up 22.5% of a plastics weight, companies have the ability to sell and market their product as a bioplastic.
Industrial hemp is mostly cellulose, the original polymer, and can be a 1 for 1 alternative to things like talc, calcium carbonate, glass fibers, and carbon fibers. Each of these additives has a different purpose in plastics.
These materials cost less than their synthetic alternatives, and provide customers with the comfort that they are helping the environment by reducing their carbon footprint.
Heartland Industries has positioned ourselves to be the first U.S. based provider of hemp additives to the U.S. manufacturing market. Our American hemp supply chain will allow companies here in the states to bring back manufacturing from overseas in a clean and safe way. By leveraging our hemp supply chain, American manufacturers will be able to create products that are stronger, lighter, and comparative in price to their overseas competition.
Join us as we build a world out of hemp.