Our Social Responsibility Initiative
As we settle into challenging times, many of us found ourselves asking- “what can I do to help”. When you’re in an industry has the power to produce tens of thousands of products, from food, homemade masks, clothing, and a host of other sustainable, non-nontoxic consumer products, you feel particularly called to duty. The hemp industry, in its first year of full federal legal recognition-heeds the call. Feeling the spirit of its former calls to serve our country during wartime, hemp businesses have united in a social responsibility campaign to produce supplies for those in need.
Inspired by the Hemp for Victory Campaign in 1942, when the federal government briefly removed the prohibition of the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 so that US farmers could grow hemp to make rope and other supplies during World War II, the hemp industry is rising to action again to help during a time of crisis.
The social responsibility campaign "Hemp for our Future", is a network of hemp businesses that supports the production and donation of hemp-based materials, products, and foods to medical professionals and community organizations impacted by COVID-19. Through the network, hemp businesses will connect with their allies and supporters across the supply chain to produce and donate materials to recipients in their region who need supplies.
The industry is eager to equip Americans with materials made of hemp, given its qualities as a sustainable, non-toxic, and durable material that can be used to make tens of thousands of different products from paper, textiles, biodegradable plastics to health food, and fuel. Its nutritive properties (hemp is known as a “superfood” high in omega-3 fatty acids and complete protein) make it ideal for food donations, and the non-toxic, durable, and breathable nature of hemp fiber make it a superior material for (non-medical) masks, gloves, and other items that will now be standard uniform for Americans. It’s also a superior material to paper products, using fewer chemicals and less bleach to produce. And, hemp materials last longer, are recyclable, and are environmentally friendly. Not to mention that hemp production can naturally clean up soil pollution and support farmers. Whether its donating protein bars to health care workers or impoverished communities, durable clothing and shoes for nurses, homemade masks and gowns to lotions and salves that can help the tired hands of workers- the industry continues to develop new ways hep can help during through this initiative.
Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products…
and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane
— Popular Mechanics, Hemp: Billion Dollar Crop
Just like in World War II, helping those in need is an important and meaningful time to illuminate hemp’s uses for thousands of sustainable and critical products, to help revitalize the nation’s agricultural industry, and support farmers. Through giving and community, we hope to influence the future of hemp, and of our society, as one that is more sustainable, cleaner, and connected to the farm. The social responsibility initiative is currently focused on helping health care workers and other communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis. Hemp for Our Future aims to carry this forward for future uses and to unite and strengthen the hemp industry that is a critical new industry for our country,
The hemp businesses who are participating in this initiative are generous farmers, start-ups, non-profits, and others who are donating their products and services. They need your support, please consider donating your services, time, or voice to this initiative. Join the helpers of the world and help affect positive change in our communities!
The power of hemp is incredible, and the power of a community with purpose is unlimited. Hemp for Hemp For Our Future is supported by a strong and growing list of partner organizations (see below).
There is only one known annually renewable natural resource that is capable of providing the overall majority of the world’s paper and textiles;
meet all of the world’s transportation, industrial and home energy needs, while simultaneously reducing pollution, rebuilding the soil,
and cleaning the atmosphere all at the same time… and that substance is —
the same one that did it all before — Cannabis Hemp!”
– Jack Herer 1993