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Illinois lawmakers are Considering Industrial Hemp

Illinois lawmakers are Considering Industrial Hemp

According to The Associated Press Lawmakers in Springfield, Illinois are considering a bill that will allow Illinois farmers to grow industrial hemp.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that state Sen. Toi Hutchinson is sponsoring the legislation. It has already passed the state Senate and is headed to the House.

Rob Davies, Illinois Farmers Union marketing director, says there is a big misconception that hemp is similar to marijuana. He says it is not a drug and from the farmers’ perspectives it makes sense “to have an alternative commodity” to grow.

Hemptique supports the legalization of industrial hemp in the United States. Check out the rest of the story here

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Earth Day with Hemptique

Earth Day with Hemptique

Hemp in the News

Recently Hemptique celebrated Earth Day at Balboa Park in San Diego. Our staff set up a great booth and educated everyone on the benefits of hemp and what it can be used for. The t-shirts were a big hit!  Check out the interview here with our Sales Manager Bonna Cruz on our local news station!

http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/04/23/60000-people-celebrate-earth-day-at-balboa-park/

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What is Industrial Hemp?

What is Industrial Hemp?

Industrial hemp was once a major player on the American landscape. This strong resource (one of the earliest plants known, dating back to the Neolithic Age in China) was used for many different industrial applications, including paper, textiles, and cordage which you can check out here at Hemptique.com

Over time, the use of industrial hemp has moved into an even greater variety of products, including health foods, body care, clothing, construction materials, fuels, plastics and more. Did you know that The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and even the finest Bible paper today remains hemp-based? Henry Ford even built a prototype car from bio-composite materials, using agricultural fiber such as hemp.

 

In 1937, the passage of “Marijuana Tax Act” occurred, and, despite the U.S. government’s “Hemp for Victory” campaign during World War II, misplaced fears that industrial hemp is the same as marijuana combined with targeted harassment by law enforcement and began discouraging farmers from growing hemp. The last crop was grown in Wisconsin in 1958, and by 1970 the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) formally prohibited cultivation. Today most industrial hemp is grown in Europe and China.

 

Here at Hemptique.com we are committed to using the finest hemp in all of our products from our apparel to our cords for crafting. We believe in a sustainable environmentally safe product while living a fun and meaningful life. Thank you for being a part of it!

 

 

What can you do with the Hemp Stalk?

What can you do with the Hemp Stalk?

 

There are 3 parts to the hemp plant that we can use in lots of different ways. Check this out!

From the stalk we can get paper products, cardboard and filters. There are even some biofuels that use the stalk of the hemp plant.

From the Hurd you can get items that range from animal bedding to concrete.

The Bast Fiber is responsible for the beautiful hemp cord, hemp shoes, hemp apparel and hemp bags we have here at Hemptique just to name a few.

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Hack Sack Rules

Hack Sack Rules

Did you know that there are actual rules to the game of Hacky Sack or Footbag? Me neither! I thought we could all just stand in a circle and kick the thing! Follow these easy rules the next time you are in a game and every one will have a good time. P.S. You can get your 100% Hemp Hack Sack right here on Hemptique.com 

 

  1. No Hands(except when serving),No Arms – Shoulders are technically allowed and are widely accepted among the average hack circle.
  2. Always serve the bag to someone else, unless of course you are alone. Footbag is traditionally a game of courtesy, hence “The Courtesy Toss“: a light lob usually toward the receivers knee.
  3. Don’t bogart that bag.– Don’t always hog it ’till you drop it because that sucks for everybody else. Being able to pass well is important to almost allfootbag games.
  4. Don’t say “sorry”.Everyone makes mistakes, especially when learning, so sorry’s are unnecessary.
  5. Try not to give knee passesPasses from the knee tend to go straight to the ground.
  6. Don’t play past .09(blood-alcohol level) – You will only get frustrated, and you might lose the Bag. It is also next to impossible to play with a drink in your hands.

Hemp Heals Soil

hemp-heals-soilHemp roots absorb and dissipate the energy of rain and runoff, which protects fertilizer, soil, and keeps seeds in place. Hemp plants can also slow down the velocity of runoff by absorbing moisture. By creating shade, hemp plants moderate extreme variations in temperatures, thus conserving moisture in the soil. Hemp plants reduce the loss of topsoil in windy conditions. Hemp plants also loosen the earth for subsequent crops

Hemp plants have even been said that they can pull nuclear toxins from soil. In fact hemp planted around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is said to pull radioactive elements from the ground. This process is called phyto-remediation. Phyto-remediation can be used to remove nuclear elements, clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, crude oil, and other toxins from landfills. Hemp breaks down pollutants and stabilizes metal contaminants by acting as a filter. Hemp is proving to be one of the best phyto-remediative plants found.

At minimum the benefit of a hemp crop is in its use as a rotation crop. Since hemp stabilizes and enriches the soil farmers grow crops on, and provides them with weed-free fields, without cost of herbicides, it has value even if no part of the plant is being harvested and used. Any industry or monetary benefit beyond this value is a bonus. Rotating hemp with soy reduces cyst nematodes, a soy-decimating soil parasite, without any chemical input. Hemp could be grown as a rotation crop and not compete with any other food crops for the most productive farmland. Marginal lands make fine soil for hemp, or hemp can be grown in between growing seasons.


Hemp growing could completely eradicate the necessity to use wood at all because anything made from wood can be made from hemp, including paper. The paper demand is suppose to double in next 25 years. Using hemp for paper could reduce deforestation by half. An acre of hemp equals at least 4 acres of trees annually. Hemp paper can be recycled 7 to 8 times, compared with only 3 times for wood pulp paper. Hemp paper also does not need to be bleached with poisonous dioxins, which poison waterways.

Here at Hemptique.com we are proud to be part of this amazing rebirth of hemp as a useful tool in your everyday life. If you are looking for hemp made apparel, paper, shoes, house wares or hemp rope, we are proud to have it available for you.
Why use the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the fields?” –Henry Ford

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Top 5 uses for Hemp Cord

Hemp cord is often used in many everyday craft projects. Unlike cotton which has short fibers, hemp has long fibers, making it very sturdy and a great alternative to cotton. Hemp cord is available in a number of different colors and sizes. Durable, all natural and strong, hemp cord is also quite affordable. Here are the top 5 uses for hemp cord — and in no particular order.

Jewelry

Hemp Jewelry

Hemp jewelry is stylish and appeals on its level of naturalism. It is made with the popular hemp cord. The bracelets and necklaces are created with a trendy look for the teens and college crowd. It is very easy to work with making it an all time favorite for crafters.

Macrame

Macramé

Macramé is created by tying knots together to make useful items such as belts and plant hangers to name a few. Hemp cord is great for macramé and it’s easy to use because it holds knots securely. Novice to experienced macramé artists uses hemp cord for their projects.

 

Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking

Hemp cord is used in scrapbooking. Adding hemp cord as adornments to the pages really set the pages apart. Use hemp paper together with hemp cord to make your own photo album or journal.

 

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Embellishments

Adding hemp cord to any craft project can give it a natural look. For example, tie a bow of hemp cord around a filled mason jar to make it look rustic or a gift to give it that extra something special.

 

String Art

String Art

Hemp cord or Hemp String is wonderful for making Spirelli string art. Spirelli string art is created by winding the hemp cord around a die cut shape and pegs. Spirelli string crafts can be used as embellishments for scrapbooking, cards and most any other craft project. Since hemp cord comes in a variety of colors the possibilities of design or endless. String art can utilize pegs place in a design on a board. Then, twine is strung tightly around the pegs to form artwork. Colored twine can create unique and interesting pieces.

Where to Purchase

You can buy hemp cord from the Hemptique.com. Check out all the different colors and weights we have to offer. Need more personalized help? Call our office at 760-602-4864

Hemp Paper Benefits over Other Fibers

Hemptique has an array of beautiful handmade hemp paper for all your needs. High quality, handmade material manufactured using a 2000 year old technique. Base materials are 50% hemp with the remainder linen and cotton. It is acid free and meets archival standards. It comes in white and natural antique colors. Manual production mode may cause slight color deviations.

Hemptique Handmade Paper is ideal for handwriting, calligraphy, inkjet printing, water color, pastel and charcoal.

A Few Facts about Hemp Fiber vs Tree Counterpart:

  • Save more trees – Speed of production is lowered with Hemp farming. It takes about 90 days for plant to mature, whereas trees take between 15 to 50 years to mature.
  • Reduce Deforestation Rate – Hemp paper can help reduce the deforestation rate. Over a period of twenty years, one acre of hemp can produce the same amount of pulp for materialas 4.1 acres of trees. That is a lot of tree saving.
  • Cleaner for Environment – The production of this paper from plant based fiber is far cleaner than the production of wood-pulp paper.
  • Decrease Carbon footprint – U.S. paper-producing companies are the 3rd largest energy consumer and this increases the U.S. carbon footprint. Manufacturing an eco-friendly paper using hemp can significantly cut down the U.S. carbon footprint.

The U.S. pulp and paper industries are also the 3rd largest industrial polluters, tossing 220 million pounds of toxic pollution into the water and air each year. Three million tons of chlorine, a major source of carcinogen dioxin, is among these pollutants. This will not occur in hemp paper production as hemp does not need chlorine bleaching. It has antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. Overall, hemp paper making generates only 1/5 to 1/7 as much chemical pollution than wood.

Hemp paper is longer lasting than tree paper and it is stronger. Unlike wood-pulp paper, hemp paper won’t get yellowish, no matter how long the paper is kept.

Hemp Paper is a Better Choice.

There are lots of products made from hemp such as greeting cards, envelopes, books, paper bag, even wedding invitations. Using products from recycled material is also eco-friendly, but remember, hemp paper can be recycled 7 times while wood pulp can only be recycled 4 times.