Saturday, July 13, 2013

Germany ECOLAR sets the standard in Europe Hemp construction

Solar Decathon Europe got all fired up when Germany's Ecolar house got first place in the   Engineering competition, placing it second overall in this year's contest! Judges recognized the team's thoughtful incorporation of several solar solutions, ecological and financial sensitivity, as well as their crafty emphasis on modularity. A flexible design that expands or shrinks to accommodate different users, ECOLAR also uses three different kinds of vertical and rooftop solar panels to generate energy. The team rounded out the remarkable project by insulating the compact home with one of the world's most renewable and sustainable materials: hemp!

ECOLAR’s basic construction, comprised of beams and columns, essentially stays the same but can be configured differently based on the homeowner’s preferences. In keeping with the mandates of genuine sustainability, the team stuck to sustainably-sourced wood for construction, and then incorporated hemp insulation in the floors, walls and ceiling to prevent thermal loss. Despite being outlawed in some countries, this really is one of the most sensible materials to use in construction today.
The vertical and rooftop solar panels are all different and can be either opaque or semi-transparent depending on where they are placed. In addition to generating energy – about 14,371 kWh each year in Germany – these panels also contribute to the home’s aesthetic appeal and passive design. All of the technical equipment is housed in a super cabinet behind the kitchen panel that slides in and out, providing plenty of space in which to conduct any necessary electrical or mechanical tune ups or repairs. Congratulations Team Ecolar!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hemp Inc. indicates that hemp crop yield is on schedule

LAS VEGAS, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- After the planting of its hemp crop in the Gansu Province of Northwest China, Hemp, Inc. is pleased to report that the cultivation is progressing on schedule. "According to a USDA report, on average, China produces significantly higher yields per acre of hemp. That's the primary reason we chose China to grow our crop," said David Tobias, President of Hemp, Inc. "Hemp seeds, hulled and marketed as 'hemp hearts' or as 'toasted hemp seed', are in high demand by consumers. The actual retail value of this harvest, in seed products alone, could be well over $2,000,000. We are encouraged at the prospects to gain market share as America's demand for hemp foods is on the rise."

Another part of the crop consists of a Hemp cultivar suitable for textile manufacturing. These hemp fibers will be blended with cotton or other natural fibers and made into soft, durable garments such as T-shirts. Hemp clothing is growing in popularity, and celebrities have added to hemp's appeal by wearing designer hemp on the red carpet. Demand for Hemp fabric may become much greater however, as according to a recent release by a leading natural fiber company, EnviroTextiles; "Research has proven hemp's ability to kill surface bacteria, while cotton, polyester, and polyethylene allow bacteria such as staph to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time. China's military is using industrial hemp fabric for uniforms to fight staph infection. Other tests show hemp fabrics superior resistance to UV and infrared wavelengths, providing multiple applications for military use."

Hemp, Inc. CEO, Bruce Perlowin stated, "These tests show antimicrobial and antibacterial attributes of the hemp plant, that along with the heart healthy Omega fatty acids and protein in the seed, and hemp's soil remediation qualities, make for a sustainable crop that is useful in every aspect."

A value-added part of the Hemp plant is the chaff... the highly absorbent central part of the stem, obtained by mechanical de-fibering after the seeds are removed. The chaff is used for wet process hemp concrete building applications and animal bedding.

"We want all the chaff to use for the hemp adobe bricks that we will be making on our facilities in Arizona," continued Perlowin. "The market for eco-friendly landscape and building materials is huge."   Tobias continued, "We are at the beginning of an expanding market. Elite athletes began moving toward vegan protein supplements of which hemp is best. Recently, Hemp has gone mainstream in local markets. Now we're seeing the possibilities in healthcare, construction and even military applications.  The economy of hemp is expanding, and Hemp, Inc. is poised to be an important part of it."


Hemp, Inc. (OTC: HEMP) seeks to benefit many constituencies, not exploit or endanger any group of them. Thus, the publicly-traded company believes in "upstreaming" of a portion of profit from the marketing of their finished hemp goods back to its originator. By Hemp, Inc. focusing on comprehensive investment results—that is, with respect to performance along the interrelated dimensions of people, planet, and profits— our triple bottom line approach can be an important tool to support sustainability goals.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Darius Dunn with Hemp products in his 'Made in Hemp' Store at Long Jetty

Mr Dunn, a founding member of the Hemp Association of NSW, has been wholesaling hemp products for several years and has just opened the latest unusual business in the newly trendy suburb of Long Jetty, Made in Hemp.
``My interest in hemp began when my young son was suffering from severe eczema a few years ago,'' he said.
``We had tried a lot of treatments without success and someone suggested hemp cream, which cleared the condition up.''
Mr Dunn began researching the medicinal and health values of the plant in earnest and eventually traveled to Canada, which has a thriving hemp cultivation program, to discuss bringing the products to Australia.
He began wholesaling the goods to health food stores, eventually complementing them with clothing.
``Many people hear the word hemp and think of marijuana,'' he said.
``But hemp is especially cultivated from the cannabis plant and selectively bred to eliminate the psychoactive constituent THC.
``What many people don't realize is that hemp has been used for thousands of years for the health benefits of its seeds and oils.
``Hemp fiber has also been used for many centuries to make sturdy, environmentally friendly clothing.''
The Hemp Association of NDS is working with other state associations to establish a national body and lobby the government to make hemp cultivations in Australia a financial possibility.

**Hemp is legal to cultivate in Australia with a License.  Thank you those who sent emails and made comments to correct the error.  Cheers.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 4th: America shows Old Glory as it was first made

This July 4th marks the first time since the 1930's that an American flag will fly on the Capitol flag pole as it was first made...of Hemp.  The flag is made of Hemp and has not been used since hemp was placed in the Marijuana Act of 1937. 

Betsy Ross made the flag with Hemp that showed the original 13 stars to mark each colony that would make up the first states of the New World.

Remember on this July 4th what you are celebrating.  When you look at Old Glory cutting through blue sky tell those around you she was originally manufactured using hemp fibers grown in American fields by American farmers.  Of which included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson .

Happy Birthday America

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