Henry Ford Made a Hemp Car
I found an interesting tidbit in the history of natural fiber with industrial applications. There is a long history of use of natural fiber to reinforce automobile parts. Here is some archival footage of Henry Ford’s Hemp Car.
Click on the link above and it will take you to an interesting youtube video. Apparently Henry Ford made a car where the exterior was some sort of fiber-reinforced composite using industrial hemp. The video shows Henry Ford hitting the trunk of the car with an axe, and it doesn’t leave a dent. An article appeared in Popular Mechanics Magazine, Vol. 76, No. 6, December,1941, titled: “Auto Body Made of Plastics Resists Denting Under Hard Blows”. The article goes on to describe the car exterior, including windshield and windows, as being made from a mixture “composed of farm crops and synthetic chemicals, the plastic is reported to withstand a blow 10 as great as steel without denting…” The article also quotes Ford as saying he would “grow automobiles from the soil.”
Hemp May Be the Future of Flying
Canadian Derek Kesek has set about making the first airplane made almost entirely of hemp. That’s right, Cannabis. (Don’t bother with the “flying high” jokes, he’s heard them all.)
If all goes according to schedule, the four-seater plane—which will be made of no less than 75 percent hemp, and will run on hemp-based bio-fuel—will make its maiden flight sometime this fall or next spring from Kitty Hawk, N.C., site of the Wright Brothers’ historic take off. It’s the first part of Derek Kesek’s broader vision to help get industrial-hemp use off the ground and why he chose to make a plane rather than, say, a hemp motorcycle: It’ll get noticed.
“There are many advantages to using hemp,” says Kesek, a former organic-restaurant owner in Ontario who founded Hempearth, a company focused on developing hemp products for mass use. “This plane project is just our first experiment with industrial hemp, and we plan to explore many uses. Once we establish structural testing and information from the hemp project, we will take that and work on the next best implication. The sky may not be the limit.”
Bosky snow Goggles
The third generation 2014 model of bio-plastic snow goggles from BOSKY. Claimed to be the lightest frame on the market, and you can certainly notice that difference.
• The goggles are fitted with a plant oil based plastic frame lighter than any petroleum frame on the market
• Double pane spherical lenses to prevent optical distortion and fogging.
• The lenses are 180 degree view “blue/ violet” with 50% mirrored coating to reduce glare that are for bright to overcast conditions.
• The lenses come with anti fog treatment.
Hempcrete is a bio-composite made of the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binder. The hemp core or “Shiv” has a high silica content which allows it to bind well with lime. This property is unique to hemp among all natural fibers. The result is a lightweight cementitious insulating material weighing about a seventh or an eighth of the weight of concrete. Fully cured hempcrete blocks float in a bucket of water. It is not used as a structural element, only as insulating infill between the frame members though it does tend to reduce racking. All loads are carried by internal framing. Wood stud framing is most common making it suitable for low-rise construction. Hempcrete buildings ten stories high have been built in Europe.
Yep, you read that right. 99% of plastics use fossil fuels, which contribute to mass pollution and climate change. What if there was another way?
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