My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Affordable Hemp Water Filters Hope To Change The World
Clean, healthy water is the essence of prosperity in every society.
Yet, as we’ve seen from recent crises such as the one in Flint, Michigan, access to clean water continues to be a challenge even in a developed country like the United States. But what if there was a low-cost, quick-fix solution for the nation’s aging water systems that filters and purifies water at the tap without the need for harmful chemicals or costly systems?
Using hemp as a water filter seems to be a viable answer.
Foundation for Industrial Hemp Production & Research (FIHPR), a non-profit organization, has developed a hemp microfiber water filter after 2+ years of research and development. The new filter addresses many noticeable and unnoticeable problems, such as actively reducing rust, chlorine and E.Coli. It contains all-natural filter media: scientifically proven anti-bacterial/-microbial hemp fiber as well as activated coconut shell carbon, achieving a more thorough purification than most standard pitcher and faucet filters.
Hemp Microfiber Water Filter
“We have one, and it works so well! Our water is terrible fairly certain our pipes are rusted and a landlord who has no concern,” remarked one anonymous tester. “Since we got a HMF filter there has been no brassy residue and I feel confident it has improved our water quality significantly!”
WHY USE HEMP FOR FILTRATION
Michael Crippen, the founder of FIHPR, started researching water purification with the use of hemp micro-fibers at the request of an ex-navy entrepreneur about 2 years ago. Originally starting on a project on hemp biodiesel, he discovered the antibacterial nature of hemp fibers that could be utilized in the consumer market. Ever since this discovery, Michael has spent the past two years on research and prototyping. As a student at University of South Florida majoring in chemical engineering, Michael has dedicated most of his research and free time on developing the hemp filter. Michael bemoans the use of toxic chemicals and non-organic materials, as these methods may persist into the consumer’s’ drinking water and cause illness. Instead, his organization seeks to make available a healthier alternative that helps to reduce harmful components of municipal filtration. None of the filters contain any harmful materials.
THE ADVANTAGES OF A HEMP WATER FILTER
According to FIHPR, there are numerous upsides to the use of the hemp microfiber water filter. This includes a near endless resistance to mildew and mold, along with all the capabilities of standard filters. The vision behind the filters is to assist households around America and the world with an easy-to-use, effective in all environments filtration solution. Currently, the only purification method to achieve anti-bacterial/microbial results are solutions such as UV-radiation and chlorine. The former option in incredibly expensive and bulky, while the latter is incredibly toxic. Hemp as an alternative is truly an attractive option that makes purification affordable and non-toxic. The hemp water filter is more than just a filter. It’s a softener and purifier that cleans drinking and cooking water for the whole family. The hemp microfibers captures and kills 95% of bacteria and microbes without leaving toxic residue. It also effectively reduces natural gas, dyes, and tannins.
HOW THE HEMP FILTER COULD BE A REAL GAMECHANGER
Water quality infographic by UN Water
According to the UN-Water, “783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation. ” This figure, along with the National Resource Defense Council’s study on copper and lead violations, provide a good view of the global water situation.
With the adoption of hemp filters as a viable purification solution, we can hope to positively contribute to solving this crisis. As a non-profit, FIHPR’s goal is to provide filters at no-cost to in-need communities and to help modernize aging and developing infrastructure around the world.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan was a critical reminder of the importance of the quality of drinking water in society. With contamination and water scarcity becoming an increasingly bigger issue around the world, an eco-friendly and affordable solution such as hemp filter should be seriously considered.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Unfortunately, most consumers end up purchasing filters based on what’s immediately available in supermarkets and don’t know if it’s actually improving their tap water. Michael asks that any customers with questions or concerns contact their direct line +1(727)271-9916 for immediate assistance.Each filter costs $9.99 and the refills come in packs of 4 for $19.99. FIHPR intends to take the proceeds and start a non-profit that will help to provide adequate filtration to in-need houses at no cost, while expanding the type of filters and available services.
Started in 2013 as part of a collegiate research project at St. Petersburg College in Tarpon Springs, FL, the Foundation for Industrial Hemp Production & Research has sought to help the world transition into a sustainable economy through use of the renewable resource hemp. “Employment Opportunity and Economic Stability through Environmental Rehabilitation” is their slogan, and they seek to underline the business with social wellness and responsibility. A hemp purified shower head is currently in the works.