Hemplyne, hemp based composites, fully biodegradable, fit for existing injection moulds.
One of the biggest threat to our environment is plastic pollution, not only in our oceans, but throughout our entire atmosphere. Oil based, chemical plastics fall apart into nano-particles, which do not degrade, they float around in our atmosphere, all around the globe, and they land everywhere. It is known that these nano-particles land on grass and flowers, and enter our food, like milk and honey, through ingestion by cows and bees.
There is a floating continent of plastic in our oceans, and, that humungous pile of plastic falls apart into nano-particles too, you can guess in which part of our food chain they end up in.
We do not pretend to be able to solve those problems, but we can at least offer our biodegradable materials, Hemplyne composites, and the products made with these granulates, as a clean and harmless alternative for the suffocating blanket of plastic we produced ourselves!
Since the Dupont company started with nylon and other synthetics (1937) , like plastics, hemp was being outlawed by his rich and powerful allies, even the press, (Randolph Hearst) lend a hand, by publishing propaganda to degrade hemp into a dangerous killer drug. Read the article about this:
Under pressure of the US’ synthetics and paper lobby, growing hemp was forbidden entirely, the government appointed a hate-filled racist as Head of the Bureau of Narcotics, by the name of Harry Anslinger. His lies and vile statements have been the guideline for the DEA’s war on cannabis for decades, but, the tide has turned, industrial hemp is making a major comeback, in the company of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes.
Hemp is hot, the hottest parts being the cannabinoids, CBD is the new, liquid gold for old and new cannabis entrepreneurs, and a blessing to many people suffering from ailments and diseases.
The CBD, THC and other cannabinoids in hemp and cannabis are being extracted from the buds, after separating the seeds from the flower material. The seeds are great for food and even bio-fuel.
This leaves the rest of the plant, the long stalks, with the wood core and the fiber. The fiber is one of the most useful parts of the plant, being the basic material for textiles, paper, isolation materials, building materials, etc. Hemp fiber is also the main ingredient for our biodegradable hemp composites that can replace plastic and other polluting, chemical materials and even wood-based products.
Hemplyne is mainly composed of hemp fiber, corn based polyacids and lignin, which is a waste product from the paper industry. Other possible organic materials are being added to get more diversity and flexibility to our materials. The percentage of hemp in the composites depends on the demands of the client and the product. The percentage of hemp can be as high as 75 % in big, thick-walled products, up from around 20 % hemp fiber in fine, thin products.
All Hemplyne composites are completely biobased and biodegradable, it will be turned into compost in ~18 months, but only if exposed to air, water and micro-organisms at the same time. Our materials do not just dissolve in a storm or a rain shower. If a Hemplyne product ends up in the sea, it will dissolve completely, although that will take some more time than in soil, but in the end, it will dissolve completely, leaving no traces of pollution or everlasting particles.
Our first line of products is aimed to clean up the cannabis culture, we produce joint cones, grinders, rolling trays, seed tubes and seed containers with Hemplyne already, and we aim to even make the gripbags out of biodegradable materials.
We were awarded with the ‘Best Industrial Hemp Product’ trophy during last year’s Expogrow in Irun, Spain, for our granulates and our first product, the Greencone joint tube.
Besides the honor, we were asked to produce the tokens for beverages and the drinking cups for this year’s event with our materials!
Our partner and creator of Hemplyne, Pit Demmer, already cooperates with 3 German companies, producing our products in their existing moulds, and we have tested succesfully with a Dutch injection company, we will work together in producing their former plastic products with Hemplyne from now on. Pit can compose the material to the needs of the product and customer, he also assists in changing the protocol of injection slightly, compared to ‘ordinary’ plastics.
If you want to help rid the world of plastic, switch from polluting plastic to compostable Hemplyne, the environment needs your commitment as much as ours, as a producer, making Hemplyne products, or as a consumer, by demanding Hemplyne or other biodegradable packaging and/or disposable products.
Go clean, go green, go Hemplyne!
Nol van Schaik, President
Michel Lunenburg, Vice-President
Pit Demmer, R&D