Over the past 80 years, universities and companies have been researching the functional properties of hemp as an additive to existing petroleum-based plastics. This research has all lead to a simple answer: hemp works.
This research provides a basic framework for Heartland to begin building upon. Standardizing future research into bio-based materials like hemp will come down to continuity in the input product.
Hemp was federally legalized in 2018, but that did not stop global efforts to create research on material composites that infuse hemp as their main source of cellulose.
Leaders of industry and academics have been turning their attention toward hemp as a reinforcement agent due to the potential for increased strength, decreased weight, and scaleability in production.
Research has been fragmented throughout the world, which has caused inconsistencies in existing research being completed. The format of hemp matters, and researchers need access to a reliable supply of consistent materials for analysis.
Heartland is creating relationships with universities and businesses to set the standard on hemp research. This will provide the world with a benchmark of future research into the capabilities of industrial hemp.
Plastics That Use Hemp-Based Additives Are Stronger, Lighter, Cheaper, And More Sustainable Than the Competing Products.
Hemp, processed in different ways, has different characteristics. Research for decades has been done by universities and companies who have all been processing in different manners. Regardless of the lack of continuity, the research is clear: hemp has a huge opportunity to positively impact the materials we use across industries.
Heartland intends to standardize hemp materials, so that all research moving forward has a benchmark to build from. Testing continuity will further drive the adoption of hemp-based materials across manufacturing.
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