It’s the dream of eco-conscious hemp building folks to see local hemp straws transformed into hurds in local factories then mixed with lime for construction projects.
At the heel of South Italy, Puglia, that dream has been materialized. This’s where a syndicate of hemp interests has satisfied the local demand by providing hempcrete construction materials. The hempcrete materials have been used to erect a 24-unit condominium.
From the close by hemp fields, straw processing facility to the construction site, the materials only travel a maximum of 60 miles. This culminates in decreased costs and minimal carbon footprint due to fewer transit requirements. This implies that the growing hempcrete demand for construction in the area can easily be met thanks to the local regenerative circular economy.
Pantelo Pedone from Pedone Working srl said that the Conglomerate shows transversal production, which handles all construction activities by industrial creation of construction material. Pantelo is among the association of stakeholders who have come together to develop Puglia’s construction supply chain.
According to the president of Bio Hemp Trade, Pietro Paolo Crocetta, Puglia’s short supply chain is beneficial since the transit expenses for the material that forms these immense volumes are incoherent with hemp’s green principles.
Remember, the required lime for hempcrete is sourced locally.
Although the consortium’s initial objective was to erect a green building supply chain, Pietro stated that an organizational system for hemp-based items like paper, textiles, and bioplastics could follow. He plans on setting two other similar processing centers in central Italy and Campania.
L’Abette Giuseppe, Italy’s agricultural policy undersecretary, stated that the Cerignola factory’s launch would foster the local economy and address employment and sustainability goals. Crocetta said that this is the initial step of reverting to the greatest moments of Italian hemp growth and processing.