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Fighting Fatal Bacteria with Hemp Fabrics

As if exploiting industrial hemp to make medicines, fuels, building materials and numerous other useful commercial products wasn’t enough reason to legalize the cultivation of the plant on an international basis, a finding made by an industrial hemp and natural fiber manufacturing company located in Colorado definitely tips the scales in favor of legalization.

EnviroTextiles, the largest manufacturer/importer of hemp and natural fiber textiles and products in the entire United States, has revealed that fabrics made of industrial hemp are a promising, powerful tool in the fight against potentially fatal bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and Klebsiella Pneumoniae (pneumonia).

Staph kills!

It’s been projected that during hospital stays, an estimated 2 million Americans become infected on an annual basis, and an estimated 90,000 of those individuals perish from the contracted infection. The bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is a contagious and antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that leads to potentially dangerous infection, is one of the leading causes of hospital-borne infections.

Those estimations show how landmark the EnviroTextiles company’s hemp fabrics discovery truly is, especially when considering the number of fabrics that are used in hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the world on a daily basis.

The anti-bacterial powers of hemp?

The nasty and deadly bacteria staph is spread at healthcare facilities through direct contact and when people touch objects that are contaminated with the micro-organisms, such as towels, sheets, privacy curtains that divide the rooms, hospital gowns, walls, doorknobs, furniture and so on.

It’s been found that fabrics that are commonly used in the healthcare industry on a daily basis like cotton, polyester, and polyethylene allow staph and MRSA to remain on their surfaces for up to months at a time. While fabrics made from industrial hemp have been recognized as having the capability to not only stop the spread of deadly hospital-borne infections, but also have present the power to destroy the bacteria entirely.

The Science!

Recently published research shows that fabrics made of industrial hemp are nearly 90 percent resistant to bacteria such as staph and MRSA. Said study tested the anti-bacterial powers of hemp against that of the two bacteria strains mentioned earlier, pneumonia and staph.

The fabric test sample that researchers used was a blend comprised of 60 percent industrial hemp and 40 percent rayon. At the beginning of the testing, the staph-infected hemp/rayon sample had already reached a category of 98.5 percent bacteria free, while the same materials infected with pneumonia tested at 65.1 percent free of bacteria.

Even preceding the study’s close, those results without a doubt demonstrate the fabrics distinctive capacity for killing bacteria and plummeting their likelihood of spreading to others. Which is particularly of the essence for healthcare facilities to recognize and utilize.

Will they make the change?

Now that this amazing breakthrough regarding the bacterial-fighting muscle that fabrics made of industrial hemp has to offer has been made known, it’s up to the seemingly profit-driven healthcare industry to step up and make the necessary changes in respect to switching out the bacteria-loving fabrics that healthcare facilities are laden with, to fabrics that actually stop the spread of dangerous bacteria.

With every new discovery regarding the benefits of the miraculous hemp plant, it’s no longer a question of what can industrial hemp do for the world and its inhabitants, it’s what can’t it do?

by Erik G

 

 

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