A solid Covid shield blended with the Himalayan therapeutic values
It is alarming! Millions of disposable masks we deployed against Covid-19 have run into the oceans, creating a situation when there are more masks than jellyfish in the seas.
Pristine waters that we loved to gaze for hours are now teeming with discarded trash that is ugly and stinking, threatening to destroy marine life, and later us.
Sure, the destruction of marine life was going on for decades, but the Covid era made it worse, beating back the hard-earned efforts of preservationists. Heavy usage of masks and PPEs (personal protective equipment) which were eventually dumped into the oceans and added to the tons of plastic already there, made it hell for marine life.
Here are a few bare facts staring us on the face:
- 25 trillion pieces of debris are contaminating the ocean. As much as 269,000 tons of this mass is floating on the surface.
- 15 to 2.41 million tons of junk is currently streaming into the oceans each year from rivers.
- The mass of the trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), floating in the north-central Pacific Ocean, is estimated to be approximately 80,000 tons.
- 570,000 tons of wreck flows into the Mediterranean annually. It amounts to dumping 33,800 bottles every minute into the ocean.
How the Disposable Masks Degraded Life Around
Masks were our response to Covid-19. Unfortunately, most of these were of disposable variety which only ended up getting dumped in landfills, rivers, or oceans, severely damaging our environment, all in the name of fighting corona!
Hospital-grade PPE can be used just once to avoid the risk of spreading infection. After s single usage, such as a surgery, the PPE is discarded.
The French non-profit Opération Mer Propre warned how the ‘response’ to corona virus pandemic has added a glut of plastic waste to oceans.
We Need Eco-friendly Response Urgently
Experts have been suggesting environment-friendly response to Covid-19. The alternatives include using reusable masks and swapping latex gloves for more frequent hand washing.
But is it enough?
The pollution has reached an alarming state and threatening to overwhelm marine life, and later humans.
We need a game changer…
Something that turns the table
Something that alters the situation, drastically and positively
What could it be?
The first three options were predecessors of plastic. They got replaced as people found plastic more convenient to use and quicker to produce on mass scale.
People may have their reservations if asked to move to wood, bamboo, or earthenware. This leaves us with hemp.
Yes…It is Hemp!!!
It could be the game changer if we take a pledge to use hemp face masks as much as possible, and denounce plastics.
Hemp Isn’t Marijuana
Nay…Don’t be taken aback by hemp’s introduction as a savior. Sure, hemp and marijuana belong to the same genus and species, Cannabis sativa. But marijuana can make you feel intoxicated, hemp cannot.
Why Hemp Doesn’t Get You High
Marijuana, a close cousin of hemp, has more than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive compound in cannabis plants, that causes changes in your cognition, and creates euphoria. THC influences brain cells to release dopamine, giving you a high.
Hemp plants, on the other hand, have less than 0.3% THC, having no effect on the person who consumes it.
Hemp Masks – Have We Got A Better Choice
At a time when we are confronting corona virus crisis and struggling to continue with their usual lives, it is probably natural to put issues like pollution in backburner. The hemp face cover, however, lets you get the best of both.
While shielding you from covid infection, biodegradable hemp masks also protect our environment from intractable pollution levels. It not only saves your life, but also lets live millions of marine creatures, and helps you do your bit for the environment.
Hemp – Legal Approvals
The United States banned hemp production in 1937, with the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act, as a part of the war on drugs. The ban continued for long until the authorities realized that hemp was actually devoid of any narcotic influence.
Research revealed that compounds in hemp had medicinal properties ranging from anti-emetic and anti-inflammatory to anti-carcinogenic.
In Dec 2018, President Trump allowed cultivation of industrial hemp.
Months before, in July 2018, Uttarakhand became the first state in India to legalize commercial production of hemp.
100% Organic Manufacturing
Uttarakhand, the state we source our hemp from, criminalized usage of chemicals as fertilizers or pesticides way back in 2019 in its bid to go organic. Moreover, the farming families are very much familiar with the idea of organic farming.
Hemp Foundation has just reinforced the idea, advising them how they can do it even better. We make it a point never to use pesticides when cultivating hemp.
When sourcing your masks from us, you have peace of mind, knowing well that you will be completely safe from probable side effects of high chemical use.
Naturally Resistant To Microbes
Thanks to an irregular hollow core, hemp fabric can trap and absorb particulates and microbes that would get into your body system otherwise, making it a better option than other fabrics. Moreover, hemp fabric is also moth- and mildew-resistant.
Larger Surface Area
A feature common to all the hemp face masks we produce is a larger surface area compared to the masks you will generally find around. It not only provides the mask better capacity to trap and absorb microbes and particulates, but also greatly enhances their protective power.
Convenient to Carry
You can keep these hemp masks easily into a small bag or a trouser pocket, making them really convenient to carry.
Face Covers Brimming With Therapeutic Value of the Himalayas
The Himalayas have been known for sheltering the most precious medicinal plants. Renowned medical practitioners recommend the bark and leaves of various plant species. Hemp used for making these masks is produced in remote villages of Uttarakhand, where the inhabitants are more or less dependent on plants for curing their diseases.
Hemp Foundation has tapped into the indigenous knowledge and conventional practices of medicinal plants to get raw hemp holding the therapeutic value of the undulating Himalayan valleys.
Face Covers Specific to Use Cases
When Covid-19 engulfed India, our experts carefully studies a volley of use cases where hemp masks could be useful and came up with custom designs for these situations. As reputable hemp mask manufacturers, we roll out masks in different categories, catering to various needs of yours.
Our Double - Layer Hemp Masks – Different Applications
Our double-layer hemp mask provides you with extra protection in the given scenarios:
- if you reside in a densely populated area
- if you plan to visit an area where physical distancing won’t be possible
- if you are expecting an encounter with population groups especially vulnerable to the virus.
- if you belong to a section of people likely to be more vulnerable, such as police personnel, paramedical personnel, municipal health workers, etc.
If you require even more options, our double-layer masks are available with or without additional filters, and varying thicknesses, so you can be sure of finding a mask that precisely fits your need.
Hemp – A Badge of Local Economic Transformation
For Hemp Foundation, hemp is more than a tool for restoring environment. It is also a way of triggering the economic transformation of thousands of farming families in Uttarakhand. Every piece of hemp fabric they produce is weaved around their hopes and dreams.
The idea of hemp production and using its commercial potential struck to the founders of Hemp Foundation when they saw the deserted villages of remote areas in Kedar Valley. Men left for the nearby towns to earn while women were left back without any resources until their spouses returned. No corporation was interested in tilling and farming these areas as they saw no ROI investing in this hilly area.
We wondered if there was a way to give the inhabitants a better life. The idea later shaped into hemp farming with a focus on organic practices and imbibing our ancestral wisdom to manufacture hemp products that would transform their lives.
When you source hemp masks from us, in wholesale or retail, you become a part of the positive change in hundreds of hamlets in remote Uttarakhand areas.
Hemp – A Tool to Stem Reverse Migration
As the hills lack the means of sustainable employment, poor farms are forced to abandon their families and migrate to town to work as laborers there. The migration has had deleterious effect on the local socioeconomic life. Production of industrial hemp, a natural produce in this part of the hills, is slowly reversing the migration process. When people have local means to generate a steady income, they will have no reason to leave their homes.
Hemp & Women Empowerment
Our close association with the region helped us gain unique insight into the socioeconomic life of women.
Females constitute mere 37% of the total workforce in Uttarakhand, a low-income state. Often, once males have left in search of work, women have no option but to leave participation in labor force to fulfill their household responsibilities. Devoid of own income, women lose whatever voice they had in family and community issues.
Hemp Foundation connects women to our sustainable economic growth program to boost their income, thus enabling them to gain a say in decision-making. When you buy a mask from us, a woman at a remote home in Kedar Valley gets empowered.
As a tribute to womanhood, we have named our masks on them. It reminds us to keep rebuilding lost societies with every stitch.
Buy One Mask to Gift One
Left us reveal a pledge of ours – For every mask you buy from us, we will gift one to a needy person.
Sure it will make you feel content deep down in your heart.
Hemp Foundation is the perfect place to source your hemp face masks, whether in wholesale or detail. Not only you get hemp masks covers fused with therapeutic quality of the Himalayan soil providing you a robust shield against the Covid, but you also get to do your bit for the destitute souls of a remote Kedar Valley village.