All of our products maintain the unique environmental benefits of Industrial Hemp.
- Industrial hemp is a naturally drought-resistant plant, so it needs very little irrigation and can be planted in agro-climatic zones that are not recommended for other food crops.
- It is naturally resistant to pests, so it can be grown avoiding chemical pest control methods.
- It has very deep roots, capable of pumping to the surface nutrients present in layers that cannot be reached by the roots of other common food crops, such as cereals, legumes or vegetables. This makes it an undemanding crop in terms of water and nutrient requirements, as well as being a great rotation crop as it favors the availability of nutrients at shallower depths. Rotation of hemp with other crops such as wheat has been shown to improve yields.
- Its roots are capable of absorbing numerous contaminants from the soil, such as heavy metals or pesticide residues, which is why it is considered a phytoremediation crop.
- Its high growth rate and photosynthetic efficiency make it a great transformer of atmospheric inorganic carbon (CO2 ) into organic carbon (carbon molecules that form the plant itself, such as cellulose). For this reason , it is considered one of the crops that best capturesCO2 .
- This highCO2 absorption capacity, added to the fact that it is a non-fossil raw material and does not come from forestry plantations, helps to reduce the carbon footprint of those companies that introduce our products in their production chain, regardless of the final product and the sector.
Green & Growth® LignoCellulosic Fibers
100 % Hemp
The environmental benefits of our fibers are manifold, derived from both the raw material itself and its processing:
- They do not come from forest resources, non-homogeneous agricultural waste or toxic urban waste.
- They come from an annual herbaceous plant, industrial hemp, which has one of the highest cellulose contents in the plant kingdom and also provides grain of high nutritional quality.
- The processing method used to obtain our products is environmentally friendly.
Green & Growth®
Biochar 100% Hemp
- Green & Growth's biochar has important environmental benefits:
- Some of them, as is the case with our lignocellulosic fibers, derive from the benefits inherent in their starting plant material, hemp.
- Biochar establishes a complex organic-mineral relationship by interacting with and facilitating the relationship between plant roots, microorganisms and other organic matter, proteins and other nutrients dissolved in the soil water.
- Biochar improves water and nutrient retention, preventing leaching and favoring the establishment of beneficial microbiota communities in its porous structure. This increases the soil's natural regeneration and regulation capacity, improving nutrient bioavailability and overall fertility, which reduces the need for irrigation and soil fertilization.
- The production method used in our biochar reuses the syngas produced during the pyrolysis of the hemp biomass itself to feed the furnace and achieve higher temperatures. This prevents this syngas from being emitted into the atmosphere during the production of our biochar, in addition to saving the use of other fuel sources.
- During pyrolysis, secondary bio-oil is recovered to produce biochar. This bio-oil is being investigated for further purification and use in products such as wood vinegar or wood tar. Wood vinegar has value as an insect repellent in agriculture; wood tar has therapeutic value, being included in numerous ointments, as well as having industrial value for its adhesive, sealing or waterproofing properties in products such as varnishes, pavements, waterproofing and similar.
- Finally, biochar is considered one of the methods of choice for sequestering carbon, hence the existence of numerous international programs, such as FAO's RECSOIL, aimed at recarbonizing soils through the addition of biochar in an attempt to mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as for its multiple benefits in preparing the soil to withstand inclement weather.
- Plants take up norganic from the atmosphere to convert it, thanks to the energy produced during photosynthesis, into organic carbon molecules (organic carbon). When these plants die and decompose or burn, they release this organic C back into the atmosphere in the form ofCO2. On the other hand, if this plant biomass is pyrolyzed, the organic C from it remains fixed in the form of biochar and can be incorporated into the soil. In the soil, biochar provides all the benefits listed above and, in addition, acts as a long-term carbon reservoir. It is the refractory capacity of the carbon fixed in biochar that allows this carbon to remain undisturbed in the soil for thousands of years, thus mitigating the negative effects of excess carbon in the atmosphere.