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Happy Planet highlights the use of hemp materials in construction and renovation of buildings

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Many products can be produced from industrial hemp including hemp concrete (lighter and stronger), chip board, fiberglass, industrial tilt panels and bricks.

The hemp plant has two constituent parts: the fibre and the woody core or 'shiv'. Demand for both of these is growing rapidly with the demand for hemp in construction material, where the shiv is used as an energy efficient building material and the fibre is used as a natural insulation material.

Hemp products are environmentally friendly because 99% of the plant is actually used.

In England, the Olympic village accommodation is being built with hemp material and centuries-old buildings are being renovated with hemp material, which had been used for thousands of years previous along with other natural products such as clay and straw.

Industrial hemp is a clean, renewable resource, grown within 120 days, without chemicals and little water. Unlike cotton, which uses enormous amounts of water and chemicals, partly responsible for draining the Murray-Darling basin.

Hemp is an environmentally friendly replacement to tree plantations, which take 5-20 years to harvest. Everything produced from trees can be produced from hemp, and no point smoking it, because there is no THC in it, which gets people high. Hemp can also be used to make papers.

More information on hemp products is available at Happy Planet.

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