Market Size: Hemp industry sales grow to $688 Million in 2016 Hemp Food, Body Care, CBD products lead U.S. hemp retail market growing at a five year 22% CAGR Hemp Business Journal, the leading provider of data and market intelligence for the hemp industry, has published estimates of the size of the 2016 U.S. retail market for hemp products. Hemp Business Journal and Vote Hemp estimate the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2016 was $688 million. Items like shelled seed, protein powder, soaps and lotions have continued to increase complemented by successful hemp cultivation pilot programs in numerous states. In all, sales of Hemp CBD products boosted the industry to a five year 22% CAGR.
— Hemp Business Journal

Why Hemp Biodiesel?

  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel that runs in any conventional, unmodified diesel engine.

  • It can be stored anywhere that petroleum diesel fuel is stored. Biodiesel is safe to handle and transport because it is as biodegradable as sugar, 10 times less toxic than table salt, and has a high flashpoint of about 300 F compared to petroleum diesel fuel, which has a flash point of 125 F.

  • Biodiesel is a proven fuel with over 30 million successful US road miles, and over 20 years of use in Europe.

  • When burned in a diesel engine, biodiesel replaces the exhaust odor of petroleum diesel with the pleasant smell of hemp, popcorn or french fries.

  • Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel in the US to complete EPA Tier I Health Effects Testing under section 211(b) of the Clean Air Act, which provide the most thorough inventory of environmental and human health effects attributes that current technology will allow.

  • Biodiesel is 11% oxygen by weight and contains no sulfur.

  • The use of biodiesel can extend the life of diesel engines because it is more lubricating than petroleum diesel fuel, while fuel consumption, auto ignition, power output, and engine torque are relatively unaffected by biodiesel.

  • The Congressional Budget Office, Department of Defense, US Department of Agriculture, and others have determined that biodiesel is the low cost alternative fuel option for fleets to meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act.



Industrial Hemp presents great opportunity for supplying a sustainable and carbon positive source of plasticizing material. We can perform industrial blending and standardization of several bioplastics that incorporate Hemp Bioplastic into a standardized plastic pellet, ready for use in commercial and industrial production.

Our Bio-Plastic solutions incorporate a multi-faceted approach to design based on intent. We work with our customers, leveraging our large volume commercial relationships to access and produce bio-plastics with Hemp based bio-plastic to create superior performing plastic blends that serve the functions of the client’s products best.

The basic building block of plastics is cellulose taken from petroleum, but toxic petrochemical compositions are not the only way to derive plastics. Plastics can be derived from plant cellulose, and since hemp is the greatest cellulose producer on Earth (hemp hurds can be 85% cellulose), it only makes sense to make non-toxic, biodegradable plastic from hemp and other organics, instead of letting our dumps fill up with refuse. Hemp hurds can also be processed into cellophane packing material, which was common until the 1930s, or they may be manufactured into a low-cost, compostable replacement for Styrofoam.

A recent technological advance with biodegradable plastics made from cornstarch has led to a new material based on hemp. Hemp Plastics (Australia) have sourced partners who have been able to produce a new 100% biodegradable material made entirely from hemp and corn. This new material has unique strength and technical qualities which have yet to be seen before, and this new material can be injection or blow-molded into virtually any shape using existing moulds, including cosmetic containers, Frisbee golf discs, etc.

Zellform (Austrian) has created a hemp-plastic resin called Hempstone, for use in musical instruments, loudspeakers, and furniture. Hempstone can be carved in almost any shape making the number of applications unlimited.

Hemp is already being made into compressed door panel and dashboards. Carmakers such as Ford, GM, Chrysler, Saturn, BMW, Honda, and Mercedes are currently using hemp composite door panels, trunks, head liners, etc.

These hemp composites are less expensive than dangerous fiberglass counterparts. Hemp fiberglass replacements would only cost 50 to 70 cents a pound. These hemp composites could replace carbon and glass fibers, which have environmental and weight problems, and run from 60 cents to 5 dollars a pound. The reason why virtually all European car makers are switching to hemp based door panels, columns, seat backs, boot linings, floor consoles, instrument panels, and other external components is because the organic hemp based products are lighter, safer in accidents, recyclable, and more durable. The possibilities are endless with hemp plastics and resins, and bio-composites. Virtually any shape and purpose can be fulfilled by bio-composite plastics. Hemp plastics are already on the rise, it is only a matter of time before we will see the need to grow hemp in the United States to meet our demands.

Hemp Plastic will substitute many products including:

  • PP or PLA-based NF-FR compounds for E&E industry: housings(eg. Laptop, GPS, smartphones), audio/video (e.g. mobile phone chargers), household (eg. Lamps), cookware (eg. Blenders), personal care and electricity covers (eg. sockets).

  • PP-based NF compounds for industrial construction parts, toys, civil works, railway

  • Biodegradable NF compounds for gardening, waterworks and coastal erosion

Could Hemp Fashion Be the Key to Fixing India’s Cotton Economy?

Hemp fabric boasts some incredible properties: It’s stronger and more durable than cotton, takes half as much water and land to grow, is 98% UV resistant, repels bacteria and dust, and looks like linen (but wrinkles less).

India is the world’s second largest exporter of cotton, but there are some big challenges: Modern conventional cotton cultivation relies on pesticides and herbicides which are improperly, excessively, and dangerously applied in underdeveloped countries, and might have contributed to the worldwide decline of insect populations. And then there is the suicide epidemic among poor cotton farmers. One study shows that small-scale cotton farmers who try to rain-feed their genetically modified cotton are more likely to be sucked into a cycle of debt and commit suicide.

For these and other reasons, social entrepreneurs are watching closely the emergence of another crop, industrial hemp. (Industrial hemp is low-THC cannabis sativa, as opposed to cannabis indica, for smoking).

Hemp has an astounding array of uses: clothing, paper, particleboard, molded plastics (you can find it in Mercedes and BMW cars), and even food (pick up a carton of protein and omega-rich hemp milk in Whole Foods). It’s stronger and more durable than cotton, and needs half as much water and land to grow. It only takes 90 days to mature for harvest – as opposed to nine months for cotton – so farmers can grow it twice a year and reduce the financial risk of crop failure. And it’s called a “sister plant,” growing so densely that it crowds out weeds without the help of herbicides.

Endemic to Central Asia, hemp was a part of Indian religious ceremony, culture, and lore for thousands of years. Under British rule, Indian hemp plantations were taxed and regulated, before hemp was classified as a narcotic in the 20th century. India succumbed to pressure from the United States’ international War on Drugs, and banned it outright in the 1980s.

Now, farmers gather feral hemp simply to create rope for tying up their livestock, to burn in the winter, or make a protein-rich chutney. India exports only .45% of the world’s supply of hemp, even less than the United States, at 2.4%. (The top exporters are The Netherlands, followed by China.) That’s because feral Indian hemp still has high levels of THC, making it technically illegal to cultivate and use.

But entrepreneurs like Ashoka Fellow Sanvar Oberoi and his colleagues are seeing new potential in the crop. Boheco, an organization Sanvar co-founded, wants to jumpstart the entire industry and in the process, help to chart a new course for India’s ecosystem and economy. Founded in 2013 after a co-founder visited his family in west Australia and stumbled across a town whose economy was sustained by just hemp and grape cultivation, Boheco attracted angel funding in early 2016 and now has 17 employees.

“Farmers don’t yet know the economic value of hemp,” says co-founder Chirag Tekchandaney. “There is no organized cultivation that the countries sees. We’re trying to raise awareness around consumers, but also around how farmers groups can actually join us to grow this in the future.”

Bootstrapped for the first four years by its seven co-founders, Boheco secured an exception from the Indian government to work with research institutes and breed a consistent, low-THC, commercial-grade hemp strain that can be easily harvested using modern methods. They have India’s largest seed bank, with 150 varieties of seeds from all parts of the country, and have fielded inquiries from farmers across India who, together, represent a potential 25,000 acres of cultivation.

The organization is out to emulate the success story of basmati rice, a new strain of rice that arrived to market in 2004. “Now that’s the only rice that everyone eats, because it’s consistent and trusted,” Tekchandaney says. Boheco is hoping to secure the rights to commercialization of the hemp seed, but will open up their research to the public so that hemp companies and farms can proliferate across India.

As for developing the market, Boheco’s team is looking at a wide array of hyper-modern uses for hemp, including medicine and even nanotechnology. But it already wholesales a range of pure hemp and hemp blend textiles. Hemp fabric boasts some incredible properties: It’s the strongest natural fiber on the planet, 98% UV resistant, and repels bacteria and dust. Plus, there is now technology similar to that of processing paper that can turn hemp from a scratchy, stiff fiber into one as soft as cotton.

The first fashion collection by Boheco’s in-house fashion label unit, B Label, is where the hemp textile really shines. Called Sativa 188, it ranges from Western, Indian and fusion-style button down shirts for men, to work-appropriate blouses, off-the-shoulder ruffle tops, and shift dresses for women, all naturally dyed. Initially crisp, Boheco’s hemp fabric doesn’t need starching, but softens with every wash, improving over time. Most importantly, hemp fashion is also carbon negative, meaning it actually helps sequester more carbon in the soil than is released during its manufacture.

In addition, there is the B Label Handloom collection of wool and hemp blend stoles, which are handloomed by the Mandakini Women Weavers Co-operative in the Kedarnath valley of Uttarakhand. About 60 people are employed by B Label Handloom, including local men who harvest the wild hemp.

B Label is already for sale in some Indian stores, but starting October 25th, B Label’s online store will start selling the pieces internationally. You could be part of an agricultural, environmental, and fashion revolution in the making – and look sharp doing it.
— https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2017/10/23/could-hemp-fashion-be-the-key-to-fixing-indias-cotton-economy/2/#516bb2b25769