By Kathy Garton
Every year thousands of Americans add fiberglass batts to interior walls, under floors and above ceilings to become more energy-efficient. However, this recommended material is made up of fibrous glass and has proven to be a potential health risk to occupants. Particles from fiberglass batts that are released into the air create skin and eye irritations, and a host of respiratory problems.
Hemp insulation is an alternative to fiberglass and holds many more quality factors. First off, hemp has the ability to absorb moisture. Fiberglas becomes ineffective when dampness is present and also makes a perfect climate for mold and mildew. Secondly, hemp is fire resistant. Fiberglass insulation will burn and let off toxic fumes to not only to those close by, but also to the environment. Thirdly, insects cannot penetrate hemp insulation and will be deterred from entering a home.