Researchers at Scotland’s Rural School have discovered hemp – a plant greatest identified for its hallucinogenic selection – can be utilized to make greener variations of environmentally damaging petrochemical merchandise resembling insulation, foam cushions and packaging.
Vijay Kumar Thakur, professor in new merchandise from biomass at SRUC, mentioned: “The long run is undoubtedly hemp. The potential is large and if we need to be carbon impartial by 2050 it’s invaluable.
Polyurethane alone is price £14billion worldwide and there’s no cause why hemp can not change that.”
The expansion of hemp has been restricted by world governments due to its hyperlinks with hashish oil however the crops used within the analysis are from a unique sort of hemp.
The analysis comes after the primary hemp farms had been arrange in Scotland.
Twelve farms in Aberdeenshire and Angus have arrange a co-operative to develop hemp, which must be licensed.
The preliminary plan is to develop hemp for the medical hashish market however the farmers hope to develop into different areas, together with textiles and industrial use.
Kyle Esplin, chair of the Scottish Hemp Affiliation, mentioned: “Hemp is certainly the longer term – we are able to use it for therefore many issues and one of many greatest is creating bio-plastics and different sustainable supplies.
“We’d like a processing plant in Scotland however I’m hopeful funding for this may be discovered within the subsequent couple of years.”