Unit 1 Project: Written proposal
We think that only the dollar bills should be produced. Dollar coins should be discontinued. The dollar bill needs to need to be redesigned because it requires better materials that are more resourceful We chose this recommendation because we believe there are more environmentally resourceful and stable materials to construct a dollar bill. Instead of using cotton. we decided to use the hemp plant because it is strong, durable and absorbent as well as more environmentally friendly. We decided to keep the linen in our dollar bill because it is a renewable source.
The type of material we would chose is hemp. It has been used in the past and is even the paper used in the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Hemp is one of the earliest plants ever to be cultivated for textile fiber. It was first discovered by the Chinese who would use a mixture of old rags and bark made of hemp fiber to write Buddhist texts. Hemp stalks can be harvested much more frequently than the time it takes for a tree to grow fully and mature, not to mention the waste of resources this creates. By removing a natural resource that has fantastic capabilities of absorbing carbon dioxide and other potentially harmful gasses, we destroy the quality of the air we breathe. All it takes is one-acre of hemp to produce the same amount of paper it would typically take on a four-acre forest using traditional means of harvesting and planting new trees every couple of decades. This can all be done without needing to compromise or damage any of these already fragile natural ecosystems. Besides, less toxic chemicals are used when producing hemp paper, thanks to its much higher content of cellulose. This quality also gives the paper an added durability and further reduces the chance of it turning a yellowish color.
The environmental implications of hemp are that hemp grows in a variety of climates and soil types are naturally resistant to most pests and grows very tightly spaced allowing it to outcompete most weeds. A natural substitute for cotton and wood fiber, hemp can be pulped using fewer chemicals than wood because of its low lignin content. Its natural brightness can obviate the need to use chlorine bleach. Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. Proponents of hemp claim that it can help reduce global warming because it takes out large amounts of carbon dioxide per acre, more than most plants. Renewable, fast-growing hemp as a substitute for many unsustainable products like non-organic cotton (which currently uses more than 25 percent of the worlds insecticides and more than 10 percent of the worlds pesticides) and many plastic products.
The Advocacy plan is because it is erroneously confounded with marijuana, and many policymakers believe that by legalizing hemp they are legalizing marijuana, industrial hemp and marijuana are different breeds of Cannabis sativa; hemp has no value as a recreational drug. The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013 (H.R. 525) was recently introduced in the House with 28 original co-sponsors, and it was quickly joined by a companion bill in the Senate (S. 359) which was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), underscoring the bipartisan support around the hemp issue. If passed, the bills would remove federal restrictions on the domestic cultivation of industrial hemp, defined as the non-drug oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis. The full text of the bills, as well as status and co-sponsors, can be found online.