San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
This month we're really living up to our name ;-) as we celebrate, explore and hopefully vindicate the marvellous but much maligned Cannabis plant. An amazing crop which needs to be more broadly recognised as one of the most exciting, ecologically responsible and sustainable materials available.
Hemp, as the high-growing variant is called, produces a variety of primary products, including fibre, oil, and seed, which can then be further processed into products such foods, oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel.
Hemp is incredibly productive and energy efficient, such that the substitution of varied conventional materials with their hemp-based equivalent has the potential to help 'green' many industries; including agriculture, construction, and fashion & textiles.
To help us understand this marvellous and diversely useful plant crop we've invited several well respected australian Hemp experts to enlighten us and share their hemp stories.
As a classical pianist, I thought hemp was either drugs or a course fibre made into ropes and sails. Upon meeting my husband who first mentioned that hemp could be part of the economic and ecological solution to some of the challenges we face globally, I couldn't quite understand it until I looked into the history and information about the versatility of this plant.
Klara Marosszeky has been involved in the Australian Hemp industry for 16 years in both the farming and construction sectors. she has grown both dryland and irrigated fibre crops. She has been involved in the development of a low embodied energy hemp lime building material and construction process and supplies advice and certified BCA compliant building materials for residential and commercial construction as well as providing training to architects, building designers, builders.
Dick is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels.
When & Where
GreenUps – Green drinking for Green Thinking.
Green Drinks International happens in more than 45 countries and 448 cities around the world. The Sydney Chapter, GreenUps is an informal monthly drinks night that helps support the creative, inspired and lively community of people who already immersed or curious about sustainability.