Pioneering The Reintroduction of Hemp Paper Into American Business
Today on Hempresent Vivian is joined by Morris Beagle of Colorado Hemp Company and Tree Free Hemp. Morris is pioneering the reintroduction of hemp paper into American business and marketing. His passion for delivering professional printing on 100% sustainable, tree-free, hemp-blended paper is infectious. Beagle is motivated by more than just the myriad environmental benefits of hemp-blended paper.
After humans moved past clay, stone and wax tablets and papyrus scrolls, approximately 75-90% of the world’s paper was made from hemp until the late 1800s. And Beagle understands that knowing one’s history is key to understanding one’s destiny. Until modern times, paper was actually made from worn-out and discarded hemp cloth from rope, sails, clothing, diapers, home furnishings and rags. The term “rag paper” is derived from this use. In fact, it was a regional rag shortage in Europe that led to the 1879 invention of the chemical and mechanical processing of wood into pulp consisting of almost pure cellulose fibers.