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.