GOOD OIL Saving the World. One Eco-Brick at a time.

November 5, 2009 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

This isn’t exactly news, as we’ve been banging the Green drum since day 1 – but we decided it was high time to start talking a bit more about our Eco-Credentials.

GOOD OIL is made from Hemp Seed, and Hemp is one of the most sustainable crops you can grow.We grow our own Hemp for GOOD OIL in Devon, and we also work with British Farmers in Surrey and Suffolk to ensure we have enough supply.

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GOOD OIL - Healthy, Tasty and Great for the Environment

100% of our crop, and the crops of those we work with, is used. Not one tiny bit is wasted! The Seed is used for GOOD OIL and the other Hemp Products we make (Hemp Natural Protein Powder for example). The fibre is supplied to BMW for the doors of 3 & 5 Series cars. It reduces the weight per car by approximately 1kg, thus enabling fuel efficiency. The dust cleaned from the seed is supplied to worm farms and the leaf matter supplies essential nutrients back to the soil as a natural fertiliser.

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Hemp Growing on our farm in Devon

Pretty good so far we know, but this is where it gets even more amazing. The Hemp straw is used to make Hemcrete, one of the most eco-friendly building materials available. It works as a great insulator as well as ‘locking’ CO2.

hemcreteThese hemcrete bricks can be used for all sorts of building requirements. Entire “Eco-Houses” are made out of them, which use enough Hemp Straw to lock a net gain of 7.5t of CO2. That’s more than the annual CO2 produced by the average UK Household.

The fact that we’re really proud of is that for every 800 bottles of GOOD OIL we make, there is enough hemp straw to build an entire Eco-house. Or to put it another way, 1 bottle of GOOD OIL produces enough straw to lock the equivalent CO2 produced by the average 40 mile car journey. So brick by brick, we’re making a difference (and we’re also delivering the wonderful health benefits and yumminess of GOOD OIL to thousands of people!).

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A Hemp House - made from Hemcrete

We work with Lime Technology to produce the Hemcrete. They have been working on some absolutely amazing projects, including the Adnams Brewery Distribution Centre in Suffolk – where using Hemp and Lime materials saved over 500 tonnes of CO2.  To read more about sustainable building projects using Hemcrete visit their website.

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