DALLAS – New plans have been announced to develop the largest hemp processing facility in the US. The proposals have been put forward by Panda Biotech which will develop the facility in Lubbock County to separate hemp fibre and cellulose from the stalk. The processing plant will only use hemp stalks that are harvested before it has the mature seeds and flowers normally used to produce CBD oil. The business expects the plant to process 130,000 tons of Texas-grown industrial hemp annually.
Levi’s has made major strides in its use of cottonised hemp in recent months, but, it currently sources mainly from Europe. Patagonia is also focused heavily on hemp. However, processing hemp for use in apparel fibres has always proved hugely challenging, and Levi’s has to this end developed its own patented offering which is said to offer similar, soft qualities to cotton.