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Hemp Home Furnishings

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Hemp Home Furnishings

By Linda Merrill, Networx

Hemp is a strong fibrous plant that is grown predominantly in China, but also in many other parts of the world. Environmentally friendly, hemp requires few pesticides or herbicides and is one of the fastest growing plants known. In various forms, hemp can be used as a health food product, fuel, and has industrial and commercial applications. The strong fibers can be turned into twine and woven into many different products. For progressive concrete contractors, Hempcrete is a concrete product made from hemp. Green contractors from Austin to Boston are embracing hemp building materials, like hemp insulation. If you think that hemp is hippie stuff, think again. I selected chic home furnishings made from this sustainable material:

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The Lancaster Rug by Ralph Lauren (via RalphLauren.com) is made of hemp.

Lancaster Rug from Ralph Lauren: The beautiful Lancaster Rug is handknotted in India from hemp and jute fibers. The yarns have been brushed for a soft feel and dyed. The pattern is an interpretation of a classic Persian rug.

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5:54AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

noted.

4:57AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

I have been dying to work with hemp, it looks fantastic

5:08AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

I love those chairs

3:52AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Thanks

12:17PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

thank you for sharing

11:07AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Interesting article!

10:37AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

If we had an honest government, hemp would be legal to grow in the U.S., instead we have to import it, sending more dollars overseas. That's just plain stupid.

9:20AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

It's beautiful.

7:58AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

what about hemp in clothing?

5:21AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

I love those chairs! And the sofa was gorgeous. :-)

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