On an annual basis, 1 acre of hemp can produce as much fiber as 2 to 3 Acres of cotton.
Hemp fiber is stronger and softer than cotton, lasts twice as long and is not susceptible to mildew.
Hemp can be used to produce fiberboard that is stronger and lighter than wood. Substituting hemp fiberboard for timber would further reduce the need to specifically grow and cut down forests.
Hemp can be used to produce strong, durable and environmentally friendly plastic substitutes. Thousands of products made from petroleum-based plastics can be produced from hemp-based composites.
It takes approximately 26 years for trees to grow until they can be harvested for timber, but hemp is ready for harvesting only 120 days after planting. Hemp can grow on most land suitable for farming. Harvesting hemp rather than trees would also eliminate erosion due to logging, thereby reducing topsoil loss and water pollution caused by soil runoff.
(Hemp can also be woven into loose ‘blankets (nets)’ that can be used to contain soil until plants have been re-established on cleared land – erosion blankets).
Hemp can be used, instead of wood to make paper. It makes a good quality paper that is less susceptible to moulds and ages better than wood pulped paper.