Textiles – Moulded or Pressed

Moulded or pressed hemp textiles are currently used by car manufacturers such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Cadillac to make a wide range of parts and accessories such as headliners, rear window shelving, dashboards, door panels, trunk/boot liners and air bag parts. With the European Commission criteria for 70 percent of a car's parts to be made from recyclable material there is more pressure on car manufacturers to use hemp and other plant fibre (composites) in their manufacturing process, for not only smaller parts of the car but for all exterior bodywork and interior trim.

There are three different way that hemp can be used to manufacture plastic products.

  • the hurds can be processed into cellophane – hemp based cellophane was common from 1880s to 1930s.
  • the hurds can be blended – 50 percent hemp/ 50 percent recycled plastic mixture for manufacturing injection-moulded products.
  • hemp seed oil can be converted into a valuable plastic resin.

Copyright 2005 - Last Updated October 2005