For many, the concept of tiny house living means little or no waste. People usually go for greener building materials and prefer in-home cultivation of their crops when it comes to tiny-houses. The result is surprisingly not far from the expectations- a zero-waste sustainable housing solution.
A search on the internet or youtube can reveal hundreds of such green housing solutions. But, the most remarkable ones include the houses made entirely using waste materials.
One such material is hemp. Typically, after extracting hemp oil, or what people usually know as THC free CBD oil, what’s left behind is dry fibers and flakes. The idea comes from the long-lost technology of recycling and reusing the waste materials from everyday tasks. For instance, using waste from cooking, sanitation, and other alike processes for composting is a superb alternative to chemical fertilizers. Similarly, recycling the grey water for irrigating the gardens and lawns also helps reduce excessive consumption of clean water supplies.
However, hemp, in particular, has been gaining a lot of popularity amongst DIYers and tiny-home builders.
Recycled Building Material- Hempcrete
Concrete has been around in the construction industry for over one and a half-century now. Most people know concrete as a mixture of aggregates (usually stones and steel) and cement to reinforce a structure.
The green revolution, however, has led to the search for alternatives to stones and other aggregates. And on the brighter side, this has also given rise to the industrial applications of hemp. The idea is to mix the leftovers of the hemp plant after extracting the CBD oil with cement. The mix has been reported to have high resistance to heat conductivity. It also is reportedly highly fire-resistant. Eventually, making the hempcrete as one of the most eco-friendly building materials, with close to zero carbon footprint.
Let’s take a closer look at how the hemp industry is benefitting from the increasing popularity of the tiny-home community.
Hemp & CBD- A Great Employment Opportunity
After the farm bill amendment in the year 2018, the cultivation for industrial hemp outgrew all other crops. Though the figures did not exceed in terms of the quantity, it certainly did in terms of the revenue generation.
Surprisingly, the tiny home dwellers hold an influential position in the sector. So much so that, the community is amongst the growing cultivators of the crop.
Mainly the people who live in homes-on-wheels, or makeshift homes, prefer cultivating hemp indoors. Well, thanks to the technological advancements, growing and cultivating hemp indoors is not a fuss anymore. Controlling temperatures, providing hot and humid climates, and supplying the growth nutrients are all promising a healthy employment source to many. However, there are legal limitations to this type of cultivation. Since it is still not legal to travel across the state borders with cannabis, in any of its forms, travelers can practice this trade when they are traveling within a state only.
Another possible employment opportunity is through selling hemp products. It is needless to say that the most popular products, including THC free CBD oil, are selling fast on the internet. And the demand is increasing for the products that value quality over quantity. So, people are extracting these products for personal use, as well as for commercial applications. And in most likelihood, they can become a part of an online transaction like a broker or a mediator. In other words, sourcing products from a manufacturer and selling them online, without ever having to manage the stock physically.
For the dwellers who prefer staying in one place, outdoor cultivation seems like a more profitable option. Of course, the issue with land and productivity, which may be a limiting factor for dwellers on the wheels, is resolved for permanent dwellers.
A small garden around the house can be used for the cultivation of the crop. Most importantly, the huge investment in terms of equipment and feed is cut off. And it is needless to mention that higher productivity means more profits. Can there be anything better than this for someone who wishes to live the minimalist’s life?
Other Possible Links
As has already been mentioned, the tiny-home community is growing. And so is the community practicing industrial hemp cultivation and more. But, these are not the only links between the two communities.
Every year on 20th April, people from all around the country host and participate in events solely meant for cannabis. And in most likelihood, the culture for a tiny-home living could be seen all around these events. Most of the people that take part in these events come there in their tiny homes-on-wheels. It’s like a festival for the community that they cherish and rejoice to be a part of. One can easily witness campervans all around the festival grounds.
Another part of the same community are the hippies, or as the people more preferably call them, 420ers. It is noteworthy that hippies are the best examples of the minimalist lifestyle. They keep on moving from one place to another, living on what’s available and making a living out of it.
It means there’s more to hemp cultivation and tiny-house dwellers that meet the eye.
Summing it all up…
Be it for coping up with the anxiety and fatigue, or to make profits, the tiny-home community is deeply in love with the idea of hemp. So much so, that they are using every part of the plant in their day to day lives. They’re making herbal medicines such as tinctures, balms, and edibles from it, and even cooking their food with the oils. As already mentioned, there are houses made out of hemp.
The simplest and most likely explanation can be the easy availability of this plant. Although, for commercial or industrial cultivation of the crop, the seeds must be sourced from a reliable source. Mostly because the genetics of the seeds play an essential role in the end product’s quality.