By: Angela Garrity
Could the future of home interiors reside in hemp? The future is already here, as UPI digs into the dirt and finds even more usage for the helpful plant that was prohibited in the U.S. until last year.
Last month, Kentucky based HempWood opened a 15,600 square foot facility and introduced flooring made from hemp. Coming in strong at 20 percent denser than oak, the pressed planks are grown in about six months. The panels can be used for flooring, furniture and other woodworking ventures and are amended from expertise that is used in the bamboo industry.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority granted $300,000 in employment-based tax incentives for the $5.6 million factory while this resourceful industry continues to grow.
"We're in the forefront of the hemp fiber industry, and I don't know how many people are buying it besides, us," John Crye, Director of Sales and Marketing said. "There appears to be lots of room for new entrants in the market."
Particle board and bio-plastics made from hemp are also being pursued for home use. The future is now.