To combat destruction from wildfires, Colorado would be wise to start using hempcrete, one of the many Uses of Hemp. With hot, dry and windy summer weather, Colorado is prone to wildfires. Recent droughts and warmer temperatures haven’t helped, but some innovative thinkers have looked to hemp for some answers.
John Patterson of Fort Collins is a carpenter and hemp advocate. He gives lessons on how to build homes using hempcrete, which is a natural flame retardant. It is a building material made from hemp stalk, water and lime. As well as being a fire retardant, hempcrete has many valuable qualities, all of which point to a sustainable future.
Some of hempcrete’s redeeming eco-friendly features are that it is biodegradable, antibacterial, antimicrobial, it self-regulates temperatures, is lightweight, and is a carbon isolator.
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