Decomposition Library

ID:Hemp 01
Start Date:2021 - 2021
Material:100% Hemp
Fibre:Natural Bast
Sample Size:50x50
Original Colour: Ecru/beige Heavy-weight, unbleached hemp textile. More about Hemp Hemp fabric is made using fibres from the stalks of the Cannabis sativa plant. Properties: It is widely recognised for its great tensile strength and durability. Unlike cotton, it's not susceptible to shrinkage and it doesn't weaken when washed, a feature which made this textile the primary material for sails and ropes for entire naval fleets. Sustainability Other than its mechanical properties, the hemp plant has excellent carbon sequestration properties, where one hectare of industrial hemp can absorb up to 15 tonnes of Co2. It's a very fast-growing crop, often considered an environmental super fibre, as it enriches the soil and adds rich organic matter to the topsoil, helping to retain moisture. It requires no pesticides or herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces oxygen. It is a renewable resource that can be cultivated in as little as 100 days. Decomposition: Unbleached and undyed hemp decomposes quickly in mature compost under constant temperature of 29°C. Significant structural weakeninging can be observed from week 2, and by week 3 the tested fabric sample is heavily fragmented. Organic, unbleached, and undyed hemp fabric should be safe for home composting.
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