Awareness is rising how hemp used as building materials could contribute in mitigating climate change. 

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ 2010 report on Low Carbon Construction concluded that construction was responsible for around 300m tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, which is almost 47% of the UK’s total. If we can convert plants into building materials, we are in a win-win situation. 

The plant acts as a carbon store, sequestering (absorbing) atmospheric CO2 for as long as the plant continues to exist. This CO2 is only re-released when the material is composted or burnt, and the great thing is that through replanting it you can re-absorb this CO2 annually, in the case of straw or hemp, or every decade or so in the case of timber, rather than the 300m years that it takes to recycle coal or oil.  Secondly, plant based materials can be used to make high performing building envelopes, protecting against external weather and making a building more comfortable, healthy and energy efficient to live in.
 

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 Image:  Sammy Spratt from Hempire, UK 

Great five minute interview with Michael Harinen, Bluebird Botanicals.  If you would like to know more about our hemp products, quality assurance, ethics and how we guide our customers in the selection process, you might enjoy this.

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Interview of Brandon Beatty, founder of Bluebird Botanicals with the Kentucky Hempster - "After working with Bluebird Botanicals this past year, it’s clear as to why the company has quickly emerged as a world-leading provider of hemp extracts and CBD products. The mission-driven, health-inspired company culture, combined with the highest quality cannabinoid-rich products, has created a loyal, customer community across the globe."  To read full article, click on image or here.

Bluebird Team 2016

 Bluebird Team 2016 

On average, one acre of Hemp can produce two to four times more paper than one tree.
Hemp matures 90-120 days. For trees, it takes 20 years to mature.
Paper produced from Hemp can be recycled a little over two times more than timber paper.
Paper manufacturing needs many harmful chemicals for bleaching. Hemp can be simply whitened with hydrogen peroxide.
Trees remove emissions out of the air—just like Hemp. Let’s leave the trees standing and grow fields of Hemp like never before!
Hemp paper is superior to timber not only because of sustainability, but also because it is much more durable and lasts many decades longer!

 Source: HempHelps.org

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6 March 2017

Bluebird founder (Brandon Beatty) and President (Quinatzin De La Torre) did a fun podcast with Doc Rob on Cannabis Radio recently. Click through to listen to the 35-minute conversation about the hemp industry, the history of Bluebird, and developments we're currently working on. Click on image or here to listen to the recording or the current live stream.

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Out of the sea of competition, Bluebird emerged as the #1 Hemp-CBD company at the 2016 CannabistAwards in Las Vegas!

Bluebird says "it's a great honour to have our extensive work recognized and to accept the title as #1 brand in the industry."

CannaWell are honoured to be their exclusive EU distributor.

The four questions considered by the judges:

- How unique is the finalist’s work in this category?
- Is the finalist pushing the cannabis industry into a better future with innovative solutions?
-How much of an impact is the finalist making in this category?
-How much does the finalist epitomize the spirit of what’s written in the category description?

View the list of award recipients here:

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ABC News 6 March 2017

Construction of the first hemp house in WA has just been completed. "The hemp is basically encased around your timber frame home so in a nutshell it's your cladding, it's your insulation, and it's all your gyprock and basically all your painting, all done in one, in a monolithic wall," Mr Rogers said.  The hemp walls are also termite resistant, fireproof, breathable, prevent mould, store carbon and reduce the need for heating and cooling. For full article click image or here -

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PHOTO: ABC News: Roxanne Taylor.

"The science is called phytoremediation -- a process where contaminants are absorbed by the fast-growing roots of the cannabis plant which stores or, in some cases, transforms toxins into a harmless substance."  For full article click image or here -

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7 March 2017

Dr. Bronner's awesome blog post about regenerative agriculture. It's long, but so worth the read! "Ultimately we, the eaters, are the ones who feed the machine. We should take responsibility to rebalance the cycle of life and death in the natural world, reenter the natural rhythms and connection with the Earth, and make sure our dietary choices are sustainable and building healthy soil."

“The whole world is a garden, and what a wonderful place it would be, if we each took care of our part of the Earth, our garden.” ~Voltaire

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What if plastic could be made without using fossil fuels and toxic chemicals? An Australian company has done just that, with a new type of plastic that can turn hemp fiber into pretty much anything. Zeoform is a promising eco-friendly solution to traditional plastics. It’s made from a simple mixture of plant fiber (specifically cellulose) and water. What’s more, unlike plastic, Zeoform is compostable.

For full article click image or here -

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National Geographic:  For centuries, hemp didn’t have to prove itself. It was woven into the sails that took Christopher Columbus’ ships to the New World and into the first American flag that was sewn by Betsy Ross. It was also used in World War II to make naval ropes and parachute webbing.  China leads the world in making and exporting hemp products, many of which go to the U.S. The European Union also has an active hemp market, led by France, the United Kingdom, Romania, and Hungary, according to a 2015 report by the Congressional Research Service.

Dozens of homes in Europe have used hemp as insulation. Builders place hempcrete—a mixture of ground-up hemp stalk, lime and water—into wall forms that are removed once it sets. “It’s everything you want in a building, in a wall. It’s permeable so it mediates the humidity in the room,” and it resists mold as well as mildew, says Pam Bosch, homeowner of Highland Hemp House in Bellingham, Wash. Plus, hemp has environmental benefits other building materials do not. Unlike concrete or fiberglass, it’s a renewable resource that sequesters carbon dioxide as it grows. For full article, by Wendy Koch, National Geographic click image or here -
 

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