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Alternate raw materials explored at symposium

Posted on June 1, 1997

To use recording industry parlance, cereal straws and urban wood are rising on the charts with a bullet. Both were subjects of interest at WSU conference. The subject of making particleboard and medium-density fiberboard from cereal straw furnish established a distinct presence at the 31st International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium April 8-10 in Pullman, Washington.

Fashionably natural

Posted on June 1, 1997

In the 1990s, consumers are saying “no” to conventional dyes, “wrinkle-free” treatments and pesticide-doused fabrics that are harsh on clothes, not to mention your health and the environment.

Is the pot calling the brew kettle black?

Posted on June 1, 1997

But hemp, the same plant as marijuana, also provided the fiber that absorbed the ink on the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence; until 1883, almost 90 percent of the world’s paper was made from hemp. In fact, the worldwide market for industrial hemp (grown with trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in its flowers and leaves) reached $100 million in 1996, according to US News & World Report, and is cultivated for its strong fibers and seeds, providing versatile benefits to automotive and building materials, fabrics, textiles, paper and lubricants. Now, the hemp plant is found in beer.

Woody Harrelson

Posted on May 1, 1997

Actor Woody Harrelson isn’t one to tread lightly when it comes to environmental issues. His concern about deforestation has led him to promote industrial hemp as an alternative fiber source for paper and building materials. With the planting of four French industrial hemp seeds in a Kentucky field, he is challenging the constitutionality of a Kentucky law that fails to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana.

Hemp is latest buzzword

Posted on March 17, 1997

Food and fashion industries try out some weed. Marketers are getting hip to hemp, using it to make everything from burgers to bed linens. It nearly disappeared from the market during the past 70 years, and many consumers don’t understand the difference between industrial hemp and its more familiar illegal cannabis cousin, marijuana. Though similar, the strains of hemp used to make the products contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.

Putting Cannabis Into Cars

Posted on March 1, 1997

Seeking to put more environment-friendly materials in its cars, Daimler-Benz may replace fiber-glass matte with industrial hemp.


Posted on February 1, 1997

The Commercial & Industrial Hemp Symposium to be held at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Center Feb. 1819, will host a delegation of bankers, buyers, environmentalists, farmers and government officials seeking to learn more about the uses of industrial hemp as a result of recent changes to legislation in Canada.

Hemp is high fashion

Posted on January 20, 1997

Hemp products are booming. You can’t get high smoking jeans made from it. The oil tastes pretty good on salads, but don’t expect to get a buzz. You can make brownies with it, but after eating a few, reggae music still sounds about the same.


Posted on January 1, 1997

Confirmation that modern-day American revolutions take place at the checkout counter came in October, with the opening of the Austin Hemp Company — the fifth Texas business devoted solely to selling products made from hemp, the plant that in its smokable form is also known as marijuana.

Crusader Woody

Posted on November 25, 1996

Woody Harrelson takes on an archbishop and those who would deny the world hemp. Once America’s most lovable dimwit on Cheers, Woody Harrelson has of late become a rebel without a pause. The actor, who stars as Hustler magazine’s sultan of sleaze in the forthcoming movie The People vs. Larry Flynt, withheld $10,000 of his taxes this year to protest the government’s logging policy.