Hemp Paper – Combating deforestation

Hemp Paper – Combating deforestation

Trees cover over 25% of the Earth’s land surface, and more than half of the forested resources are tropical. All over the world forests are being destroyed or degraded as a result of human activities including wood for fuel, building, food and medical purposes and more so for making papers. This loss has immense wide ranging effects which include loss of biodiversity and human groups from forested areas, and disruptions to the water and atmospheric cycles in the form of increased flooding, landslides, soil erosion, droughts and the risk of global warming, as well as decreased purification, oxygen enrichment and carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction of the air. Deforestation may be considered as one of the gravest environmental crises facing the planet, and is hence relative to the importance of countering it. However, the global tree cover loss has reached a record 29.7m hectares in 2016 and counting, a trend that shows no signs of slowing. The production of paper is the biggest driver of deforestation globally. The companies that produce, process, use, and sell these commodities, therefore, have huge responsibility thrust upon them regarding safeguarding forest landscapes. Trees help regulate the climate, filter water through their root system, capture dust particles and pollutants from the air and stabilize soils against erosion. They perform these vital services equally for everyone without taking into account country boundaries or the size of your income. They do their bit so its our turn to do ours! How to go about it? Make a shift-to hemp papers.

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Causes of Deforestation

Agriculture: Conversion of forests to agricultural land to feed growing needs of people. There are an estimated 300 million people living as shifting cultivators who practice slash and burn agriculture and are supposed to clear more than 5 lakh ha of forests for shifting cultivation annually. In India, we have this practice in North-east and to some extend in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and M.P. which contribute to nearly half of the forest clearing annually.

Mining: This causes environmental impacts like erosion, formation of sinkholes, loss of biodiversity, and contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water by chemicals from mining processes. In some cases, additional forest logging is done in the vicinity of mines to increase the available room for the storage of the created debris and soil.

Increase in population: The needs also increase and utilize forests resources. To meet the demands of rapidly growing population, agricultural lands and settlements are created permanently by clearing forests.

Urbanization and industrialization: Since Industrialization and Urbanization needs land to grow, so major amount of forest lands are cut in order to promote Industrialization and Urbanization. This creates harmful effect on environment and forest ecological balance.


Forest fires: They may be natural or manmade, and cause huge forest loss.

Overgrazing: Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, productivity, and biodiversity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. Overgrazing is also seen as a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native plants and of weeds.

Consequences of Deforestation

Deforestation can also mean the conversion of forest land to productive land for agricultural uses. This results in better and more abundant production of food and materials, virtually eradicating periods of want and lack. Economically, deforestation has contributed much in giving many communities the opportunity to make positive changes in their times. Unfortunately, the negative consequences of deforestation for outweigh its positive effects


Deforestation can results to watersheds that are no logger able to sustain and regulate water flows from rivers to steams. Trees are highly effective in absorbing water quantities, keeping the amount of water in watersheds to a manageable level. The forest also serves as cover against erosion. Once they are gone, too much water can results to downstream flooding, many of which have cause disasters in many parts of the world. The fertile top soil is eroded and flooded into the lower regions, many coastal fisheries and coral reefs suffer from the sedimentation brought by the flooding. This results to negative effects in the economic viability of many business and fatalities in wildlife population. The occurrence and strength of floods and droughts affecting the economy. It also leads to loss of future markets for ecotonism. The value of a forest is often higher when it is left standing than it could be worth when it is harvested

Hemp paper

Hemp Paper is an important alternate to the conventional papers, which are mostly produced by cutting trees. To make normal paper, we have to cut trees which are decades old, use harmful chemicals and waste lots of water. Hemp presents to us a smart, renewable and sustainable source to make papers.  The first paper on our planet was made from Hemp. Hemp is very suitable for paper as it has higher cellulose.  White Hemp Paper has been used since long time. During 1900s Hemp was banned throughout almost entire world. In 2018 US farm Bill legalized cultivation of Hemp and now the same is being followed all across the world.

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There is quite alot of history and amazing facts attached to Hemp Papers as it is considered to be world’s first paper. It’s made from Hemp stalks, which is very suitable to make papers. Currently only Natural handmade Hemp papers are being made from Hemp. To make Hemp papers we do not have to cut any trees, we need not use any hazardous chemicals and lots of water is saved in the process. Currently the technology to mass produce papers from Industrial Hemp is under development. Hemp cultivation is getting popular across the world. In India Industrial Hemp farming s getting very popular in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. We all need papers for various reasons, but it’s also costing millions of trees in order to produce papers, destroying the environment directly. It’s high time we switch to a better option for producing papers that is environmental friendly and can help in saving millions of trees.


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