Ketchum, Idaho – A house built from plants: The idea seems strange at first but one company in Idaho has a chance to change the insulation market by creating a biological, non-toxic, safe-to-touch product that can end up on the other side of your walls.
Hempitecture got its start in the bedroom of CEO Mattie Mead, who wanted to change the way homes were designed. For thousands of years before the Industrial Revolution, homes were made up of very common materials such as rocks, mud, and plants.
Even the history of America began with the use of cannabis. The first Betsy Ross American flag was made from hemp fibres. Although this crop has had hundreds of different uses, laws unfortunately took hemp out of the market until it was recently reassessed in 2018 and the production legalized again.
Although Idaho was the 50th state to allow hemp to be grown again, it opened the door to many new possibilities in the industrial hemp industry — and Hempitecture wants to start with segregation.
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“Our mission is to manufacture, distribute and innovate the most sustainable building materials on the planet,” said Matti Mead, CEO of Hempitectures.
The insulation is called Hempwool. Compared to other products on the market, the plant-based building material is an ideal thermoplastic, stores carbon, and is moisture resistant, making it last longer.
Although Mead focuses on creating sustainable products from hemp fibers, his other project is changing the way we understand what hemp actually is. Ideas of pot plants and marijuana come to mind for many, industrial hemp is similar only in name and botanical relationship. The crop does not have properties related to hemp and hemp fiber can be the second best crop to be added to the agricultural industry.
“One of the goals of cannabis engineering is to remove the stigma from industrial hemp use and to show that this is an agricultural commodity that can restore opportunity to farmers in rural communities and these are the places where this opportunity has been missed in years past,” Mead said.
Not only does Mead want to change the insulation market, but he also hopes to grow the agricultural industry in Idaho. Hemp is a new crop that can be added to a rotation and comes with the advantage of not being as water-intensive as other crops available for cultivation.
This split could boost Idaho’s cannabis production and develop new partnerships with companies like hempitecture making Idaho a significant player in the cannabis market.
“After many years of bans across the country, we are seeing the cultivation and cultivation of industrial hemp,” Mead said. “Not only are we seeing this all over the United States, we see it now in Idaho and we are really excited about the future of bio-manufactured building materials in the United States. cultivated in the United States.”
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