Hempitecture, a nonwoven materials manufacturer, announced its new manufacturing plant location and the 33,000-square-feet facility is an example of both sustainable building techniques and eco-minded business practices.
Hemp plants have been part of the material supply chain for generations. They’re commonly used in rope, bags, purses, clothing, beauty products, food, household products and more. Now, Hempitecture is formally introducing it to the construction market.
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Hempitecture has already made a name for itself with bio-based, carbon-capturing construction products like Hempcrete and HempWool, an traditional insulation alternative that offers soundproofing, a range of R-values and no toxins. Now the company is doubling down on its dedication to the environment with the first nonwoven manufacturing facility of its kind in the U.S.
The new energy-efficient facility will sit along the easy-to-access Interstate 84, a main artery that connects the east and west in the Rocky Mountains. This situates the Jerome, Idaho facility in a location where it can provide quick service to the growing eco-interests of businesses and residents of the Rocky Mountain Region, the Pacific Northwest and customers nationwide.
“Since the onset of the pandemic, we’ve seen more people turn their attention toward healthy homes and environments,” said Hempitecture CEO and Founder Mattie Mead. “This new facility will allow for a fully U.S.-made product which aids in growing Hempitecture’s reach across residential, commercial and multi-family markets, making healthy products and home building more tangible.”
Hempitecture’s manufacturing plant is designed for expansion as the company grows, yet the entire facility is powered by renewable energy sourced from hydroelectric, solar and wind power through Idaho Power’s Green Power Program. It will produce a range of bio-based nonwoven products, mainly composed of hemp fiber. These natural fibers provide the basis for sustainable liners for cold freight delivery to industries such as food delivery services and the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the trademark HempWool Thermal Insulation, among other products.
Each product is meant to lower the amount of carbon produced in both the production and use of the products. The company has shown its dedication to responsible production up and down the supply chain. For example, products will be stored and shipped on recycled pallets and loads will be wrapped in compostable film to reduce the use of plastics. Hemp for Hempitecture’s products is also sourced in the U.S. from a grower in nearby Montana.
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