A Sustainable, Versatile Alternative to Wood Hempwood

Wood Hempwood

Fibonacci owner, Greg Wilson has developed HempWood, an American-produced wood material made from a fastgrowing agricultural product. A premier wood substitute that has the smallest ecological footprint compared to lumber alternative, HempWood is an alternative to wood and can be used in furniture, construction materials and flooring applications. Hemp is known for its versatility; however regulations and restrictions in many parts of the world have hampered its research and development.

Sustainable innovation

With an educational background in vinyl siding and wood flooring, Wilson established Fibonacci – which is commonly known around as HempWood – with a focus on its primary product. Since it is made of all-natural, US-grown hemp, no trees are harmed in the making of HempWood.

Compared to traditional wood such as oak, maple and hickory that take 50-100 years to grow, hemp grows quickly and is ready for harvest in 120 days.

Wilson had worked in China with bamboo, another plant-toproduct material. Although bamboo is a versatile material, it lacked the strength of a commercial product. Wilson and team discovered a process that would turn bamboo into a more durable product. Thereon, he used a similar process with strand wood eucalyptus. Over time as the availability of hemp and its interest increased, Wilson returned to the US and opened a shop in Kentucky, where he used his experience in the advancement of hemp development.

A simple algorithm

According to Wilson, HempWood is not wood, rather it is a wood composite comprised of greater than 80 per cent hemp fiber. The entire stalk is put through a crushing machine which then breaks open the cell structure. It is then dunked into enormous vats of soy protein, mixed with water and with the organic acid used by the paper towel industry.

Wilson’s HempWood sources the materials from hemp farms located within 100 miles. This reduces transportation costs and carbon emissions.

Benefits of HempWood

Quick growth: Compared to traditional wood such as oak, maple and hickory that take 50-100 years to grow, hemp grows quickly and is ready for harvest in 120 days. That said, it is 20 per cent harder than hickory as well.

Pulls carbon out of air: In addition, hemp as a plant creates cleaner air by releasing oxygen and removing carbon.

Zero waste: Each part of hemp is used, thereby eliminating any waste. As for HempWood, only the bottom part of the plant is used, while the upper part is used for other commercial purposes.

Eco-friendly: As a bio-based product, HempWood avoids creating future issues with its natural ability to biodegrade. Even the nontoxic, soy-based adhesive can dissolve back into the soil. Hemp, therefore, can provide a renewable option for the wood industry.

Highlight: Despite burning HempWood, it will not get one high and is harder than American hardwood.

The product is expected to see the opportunity to sit alongside the major players in the wood industry. At present, its product line includes flooring, furniture, countertop and accent walls. Nearly any indoor applications that are made out of hardwood, tropical wood, cork, bamboo, eucalyptus or any other agricultural product, can be made using HempWood. As of now, the product is limited mostly by its production.



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