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Textiles, dyes, and garments made from tobacco waste? That's the concept behind Ploughboy Organics. I'm still struggling with their use of the term "sustainable," though... if the small, organic farmers from which they buy could get out of the business of supplying tobacco for cigarettes and chewing tobacco, that would be one thing... but I don't think that's happening here.
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I use tobacco plants as insect repellant in my garden. works great. 
 
So I wonder why now there is talk about tobacco as a source for textiles. Why not hemp? It is far easier to grow, with less input and can also be used for food. Also it does not leach the soil as much and therefore fields can be worked without laying dormant. 
 
I also agree... really the only advantage to tobacco is its legality (which, of course, is a big advantage)...
 
True it is a big advantage. But there are people growing hemp legally (at least here in Canada). I know that because we have to test the products for THC. There never is any because it is industrial hemp and the testing is completely useless in my opinion (especially because we have to test the leaves and stalk only). 
Isn't it funny that the plant that has such a negative stigma attached to it and anybody who uses it is labelled a second class citizen in today's world (sometimes feels like that when you are a smoker) is legal, while the plant that is accepted by many as a medicine is illegal. 
 
Also I only recently learned what happens to most of the wonderful hardwood that is getting cut by the hectare every minute here in NB is getting pulped up to produce Rayon. this is CRAZY.
 
Oh, I agree that it's nuts that you can't grow industrial hemp legally... it's a perfect plant in many ways. And this would offer a better option to the tobacco farmers who Ploughboy wants to help...
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