U.S.: Entrepreneur Plans To Produce World's First Hemp Skateboard
Brian Westphal, founder of Lotus Boards, is looking to produce the world's first hemp skateboard.
In an interview with Ganjapreneur, Westphal discussed his goals to spread awareness about ecological manufacturing using biological composite materials and 3D printing. The piece was published as part of a series of interviews conducted via Ganjapreneur with business owners and investors who specialize in cannabis and hemp.
Westphal discusses how he originally came up with the idea after learning about industrial hemp on the "Joe Rogan Experience" Podcast.
"Joe would bring up the illegality of industrial hemp and the real conspiracy perpetrated by the media during the 1920?s," Westphal said. "He also would discuss Henry Ford’s hemp plastic concept car as a great example of the wide uses of hemp.
"From there I researched to see what happened to this material," Westphal said. "Why is nobody developing with it? And how come bio-plastics and industrial hemp aren’t more prevalent in our society?"
Westphal also discussed his belief that the future of manufacturing will likely hinge on ecological, renewable practices and 3D printing. "Hemp offers many benefits to our current methods of manufacturing paper, textiles, houses, and of course, plastics," he said.
"Saving the amount of energy used, reducing carbon emissions, and the amount of water used during cultivation," are some of the ways that widespread implementation of hemp will be ecologically beneficial, according to Westphal.
With Lotus Boards, Westphal said his goal is not simply to produce skateboards, but also to spread awareness about the benefits of industrial hemp and encourage manufacturers from all industries to pursue ecological practices as well.
"Our vision is to spread the use of Industrial Hemp and Bio-Based alternatives with every ride," Westphal said. "What better way to show people the capabilities of these new technologies than to let them cruise around on it?"
The full interview can be read on the Ganjapreneur website.