While Hemp Oil has proven topical effects, a question to consider is how does it stand out from other ingredients that provide similar results? One crucial thing about industrial hemp is its positive environmental impact. Currently, Earth is facing detrimental impacts due to the overconsumption of resources by many industries, including the cosmetic industry. The cosmetic industry uses an immense amount of plastic which often ends up in landfills, coupled with the fact that over 70% of cosmetics are palm oil based, there is significant room for improvement on their carbon footprint. The World Wide Fund for Nature did a great piece on the negative impact of palm oil and what we can do to help, feel free to check it out here.
The beauty of hemp is that it is a very versatile plant. Not only oil can be extracted from hemp seeds, but the hemp fibers can be used to form sustainable packaging for cosmetic products! Another great benefit is that many companies that work with industrial hemp and its derived ingredients are also environmentally conscious. Cosmetic companies like Hemp Code, High, and Katakami provide hemp-based products while being sustainable and eco-friendly at the same time!
Overall, Hemp is shown to be a key resource that can have a positive impact within the cosmetic industry. The plant is versatile by providing ingredients that can deal with different skin conditions and concerns. Through research and testing, hemp is shown to be more than just a marketing trick but can provide benefits not only to the consumers but also to the environment as well.
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