The 2018 United States farm bill legalized the farming of industrial hemp. It allows hemp cultivation broadly, not just pilot programs for studying; it allows the shipping of hemp-derived products across state lines for commercial purposes.
Hemp is one of the most versatile plants globally, and its sustainability has started an innovative revolution in consumer-friendly products. Let's check out some of the latest consumer trends in hemp products.
Skateboards - The Rolkaz Collective, a startup from the UK, has designed and constructed a line of skateboards made entirely from hemp. HempZoo also creates hemp skateboards; The Sprout Cruiser is a patented, handmade hemp deck, 20% plant-based natural resins, and is assembled and handcrafted in the USA. Sadly they were sold out, but it's nice to know that the skating community supports hemp sustainability.
Sunglasses - Hemp Eyewear in Edinburgh, Scotland, is focused on making a splash in eye fashion, with hemp. They're a group of dedicated designers and craftsmen, passionate about design, sustainability, and promoting industrial hemp. Designed for eco-conscious creatives, their customers enjoy eyewear that comes with free repairs for life! And their mission is to bring hemp back into the limelight.
Rolling Papers - Hemp-derived rolling papers appeal to consumers more and more, whether it's for tobacco, hemp, or something loftier (like marijuana.) Hemp rolling papers are thicker and coarser than rice ones, providing a reliable grip when rolling. They have a slow burn rate, are clean-tasting, and go out less often than traditional rolling papers. There are plenty of brands to choose from, but be sure to choose 100% pure hemp papers for the best results.
Shoes - Hemp is an ideal material for creating stylish shoes. It's one of the most durable plant fibers on the planet, along with being wildly sustainable. Hemp is also anti-microbial, vegan, temperature regulating, and breathable. So it's no surprise that this is one of the fastest-growing segments of the hemp consumer products industry. We found hundreds to choose from sandals, running shoes, everyday shoes, hipster shoes, slippers, loafers, and more. Sanuk has plenty of hemp options available, and are known for creating comfortable, affordable shoes.
Shopping Bags - With plastic shopping bags becoming a thing of the past, there's a need for practical, environmentally friendly, reusable fabric bags. And hemp is the perfect solution. Choosing reusable hemp shopping bags saves on non-renewable resources and protects the environment. Because hemp can replenish the soil, it's a clean plant, removing toxins from the environment while putting nutrients back into the soil. Check out this massive selection on Etsy and support other freedom seekers!