Hemp holds the key to a sustainable future | Amy Ansel | TEDxSeattle



The Hemp plant — marijuana’s sober cousin — is poised to revolutionize industry by taking the place of more toxic materials and putting us on a path to a cleaner, more sustainable world, says hemp advocate Amy Ansel. Noting the promise of hemp bioplastics that safely degrade, Ansel explains how hemp can also provide a cleaner, safer more sustainable substitute for paper, textiles, building materials, and even automobiles. From a 1500-year-old bridge in France made of hemp concrete to hi-tech autos that are lighter, stronger, and more fuel efficient, Ansel shows us how substituting hemp industrially can dramatically reduce pollution and conserve water resources while creating safer, stronger products. Amy Ansel had over two decades of IT program management experience at Microsoft before becoming an entreprener working to create a fresh and new program with purpose. She moved her attention to the industrial hemp industry, where her could employ her passion for sustainability. She has mapped her skills and systems over the budding agricultural industry with her partner, Tanya Hart, creating various pillars serving a global agenda in sustainable economies. Amy enjoys trying new things, disruptive technologies/bio innovation, playing cards and solving puzzles. A native of the West Coast, Amy resides outside of Seattle and enjoys spending time with 3 kids, 1 husband and 4 pets. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

25 comments

  1. When she talks, I could swear she is drunk…I mean if I had to talk to a large crowd, I would be knocking back a few bevies too.

  2. Hemp plastic. Sounds great until you count the loss of land to grow it. It would go exactly the same way as the palm oil industry and be kept in the hands of the corporations who will want profit over ecology leading to more deforestation, loss of species etc. Be careful what you wish for. Just refuse to buy products in plastic packaging and they will soon change when their profits drop.
    This really is the only solution.

  3. DON'T BE A CRIMINAL ~ STOP REMOVING MY COMMENT FEDERAL AGENT. I was returned from DEATH 4 this.

    EARTH can be restored so why is CARBON CAPTURE so FEARED? ~ GROW 2 SAVE EARTH.

    Growing HEMP / CANNABIS will restore the 'atmosphere' while rejuvenating the 'soil' while creating FUEL. It will heal humans boosting the ECONOMY saving EARTH.

    FEDERAL FEAR / TERRORISM

    I am being CYBER ATTACKED because of this; – I had FACEBOOK send me INTERNET pages to fill out with my story of how THC saved my brain from OXYGEN DEPRIVATION when I wrecked my H/D with no helmet and died. I had many message me asking if I lived there because it was seen logging on WORLD WIDE.

    GOD please make the FEDERAL agent stop TERRORIZING my WI-FI / COMPUTER at router CenturyLink4347.

    Just what are you FEDERAL agents in KALISPELL MONTANA trying to do ?

    I have been trying to tell the world that THC has been reconnecting my ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM that is healing my 5.5 brain injury. Words means nothing so I give this;

    TRANSITIONAL METALS:

    ZINC = MERCURY

    COPPER = GOLD

    NICKEL = PLATINUM

    There is a very special temper with no 'oxygen' at 3500F for 100 hours that TRANSITIONS. Copper melts at 1800F.

    I do this to 'prove' that THC has been healing my 5.5 brain injury.

    ~ ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM ~ look it up ~

    There are 'shells' that are around ATOMS that a special 'boil' shatters, creating 50 more atoms. In nature it was QUARTS that melted covering metals absorbing shattered 'shells' that created GARNETS / SAPPHIRES. ~ Quarts is a TRANSITIONAL crystal.

    I ask in JESUS name, amen. – TAX $$$$$ PAID TERRORIST

  4. Hemp has been suppressed by the industrial complex because it was not enough money for the greedy bankers !! They preferred oil, and it has destroyed our environment …It's time for a new Hemp Revolution!!

  5. If it can replace fiberglass, then it could also be used for wind turbines. As long as they're bird friendly. Plus, if it's 10x stronger then steel than couldn't it be used structurally?

  6. It would be wonderful if we could all switch to growing this plant. for the sake of the next generations that have to clean up our mess.

  7. Problem is the car of jay leno is luxus is not necessary. nothin new, bambus and hemp are really big for usability.

  8. And yet the ice cores tell us that 12 thousand years ago when the ice age suddenly ended the global climate shifted 18 degrees F in less than a decade maybe within a year. Was it cloroflorocarbons? Atlantean jet emissions? Mammoth farts? Maybe a combo? Point is it happened look it up and us humans haddamn little of not nothing to do with it. For context since the industrial revolution we’ve seen average global temperatures increase between 0.5 to 1 degrees F….. let’s assume that the high end is true and that humans caused ALL of it ….. every decade for the past 250 years us humans causedthe globe to warm an average of 4 % of one degree that’s .04 degrees per 10 years on average . And assuming the slow estimate is true( for what is known as the younger dryas climate catastrophe )and 12000 years ago the spike happened over a period of a decade (18/10 vs .04 /10) then Mother Nature has endured climate change 45 times more rapid than anything is humans thrown her way…. not saying we shouldn’t treat Mother Earth with respect and clean up our messes just needed expose the socialist plot that is the climate change narrative for the lie that it is ……socialism in which communism is a branch of has killed more than 100 million people since 1919 you do the math this time

  9. 2021 and here we come, CANNABIS START TO SEEM NEAR MX HEMP FOR HOME AND LIFE, BIG THINGS COMING! THEY CALL THE GREEN RUSH 💚😎⭐️

    Wanna join?

  10. It’s too bad the people who were in competition with the industry in our past made it illegal to compete with paper companies etc..

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