A Safe Insulation, DuPont Hempcrete

633 Words Jan 26th, 2018 3 Pages
Fiberglass insulation is used in about 90% of homes in the United States and has the potential to cause multiple serious health issues. Hemp insulation can take all these concerns out of the picture with many of the ways hemp is naturally ecologically-friendly. Hemp comes from a cousin of the cannabis sativa plant which also produces marijuana. When hemp is grows it grows at a very fast rate and can be easily grown in many conditions. The plant is used to make the hemp insulation called hempcrete with other additives. The other parts of the plant can be used to make other various essential items for the human life. Although hemp is illegal in the United States it can be grown through a system of licensed growers in the United States and can also be bought from growers in Canada and Europe and shipped to the United States. Using hemp and a lime is the best alternative for an insulation because both products are readily available and easy to obtain. Hemp can be believed to be the future of insulation for many reasons.

Hempcrete can be eco-friendly and beneficial in many ways. As the fast-growing hemp plant grows it naturally removes carbon dioxide from the air making it environmentally friendly (Crawford “A Green Alternative to Insulation Materials”). Hemp takes this carbon dioxide and transfers it to the soil making the soil rich for future crop rotations. This was the case when hemp was tested at the Chernobyl site to test if it would help heal the soil that was…

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