Kentucky-based Fibonacci LLC makes HempWood, a sustainable alternative for hardwood made from hemp which is abundantly available and can be grown in lesser time (as compared to a tree).
The startup has been in the news for its first factory and for a deal with Tennessee Wood Flooring (TWF) to make flooring out of HempWood blocks. Yes, they would be providing hemp flooring for sustainable homes of the future.
Flooring panels made from compressed hemp stalks, sealed with a soy-based adhesive will be offered under the new collaboration. The material copies the hardness, density, and stability of oak. It has a 20-percent higher density than wood. Aside from flooring, it can also be used for furniture and other woodworking projects.
A 4/4 x 5-1/4″ x 4′ HempWood block is priced at about $30. The production possibility is not limited to just flooring, there are many options still to explore but for now, they will only provide flooring material. More partnerships are expected, which could lead to the creation of new products in the near future.
Fibonacci Inc. also has gotten into a partnership with Southern California’s Reel Lumber Service – the first company in the world to keep HempWood in stock.
Danny Clark of Reel Lumber informs,
Unlike hardwood trees, that take 30 years to grow, hemp only takes five months. Essentially the hemp is grown and harvested, turned into bushels and then soaked in protein based glue and then placed in a large press and heated to the proper temperature. The customer is left with a lumber board that may be used for any interior purpose.