It was reported in popular mechanics in 1941, that Henry Ford's Predicted that he would someday "grow automobiles from the soil. To further this dream he made prototype cars that, body panels where a mixture of 70% cellulose fibers, from hemp, wheat straw, and sisal, plus 30% resin binder. They withstood blows ten times as great steel could without denting(22 ). Also hemp fueled the cars Henry Ford grew, as reported in popular mechanics Dec. 1941(23 ).
The Xylan process uses high pressure and heat to break down the lignin that holds the plant material together. It can be used to make food stuffs and dense plastic (24 ).
A new bio plastic called Arboform was developed in Germany is gotten from wood pulp and can be mix with hemp or other natural substances to make a durable non toxic plastic (25 )
A company in France called Isochanvre using a patented nontoxic process that literally petrifies hemp. The finished byproduct can be used in construction as a replacement for concrete. Its light weight only one seventh the weight of concrete and is more flexible(26 ).
A company called the Linford Group is using hemp in construction, they said, "Since we first encountered the potential of using lime and hemp to create a new generation of more sustainable buildings, Linford Group has been working closely with Lime Technology and other partners on a range of projects." and "We are excited by the potential here, and confident that it won't be long before lime and hemp products will sit alongside other new materials which will transform the nature of buildings and the way they are built." (27).
A two year research project by Environmental Venture Projects (EVP) that was funded by a Stanford University's Stanford University developed a artificial wood that is both durable and recyclable. The best artifical would was made of hemp a biodegradable plastic resin called polyhydroxy-butyrate (PHB). A professor of civil and environmental engineering and a EVP collaborator Craig Criddle said "It's quite attractive looking and very strong," and also said "You can mold it, nail it, hammer it, drill it, a lot like wood. But bioplastic PHB can be produced faster than wood, and hemp can be grown faster than trees." (28 ).