Hemp on the Halfpipe Skateboard manufacturers offer skaters sustainable boards and gear made from hemp By Kiara Manns
he integration of hemp into mainstream production appears to be right around the corner as more and more companies take it upon themselves to abandon traditional practices of production that are more harmful to the Earth. The cultivation of industrial hemp, once a common practice, has been hindered throughout modern history by federal laws that placed the plant in the Schedule I drug category despite containing nonpsychoactive components. Before its prohibition, hemp 24
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was often used for paper and textile products dating back to the 18th century and beyond. Progression in legislation and an evolving perspective on the benefits of hemp now allow companies to have the chance to supply sustainable products. Consumers of every market will soon be able to opt for eco-friendly options in their lives. Whether they are clothing, housing or goods, choosing industrial hemp products helps to break preexisting stigmas while showing kindness to the planet. The active sports industry proves to be no stranger to industrial hemp as some skateboard companies have decided to incorporate the crop into the production of skate gear such as wheels, decks and whole boards. Check out some of the brilliant franchises embarking on the exciting journey toward a sustainable future through hemp.