Hemp's wide range of uses

The Margaret River Hemp Co has been pioneering the Australian hemp industry since it opened its retail doors in 1995.

The family-owned and run business has Australia's largest hemp clothing range and makes and sells its own range of hemp seed oil skin care, including products for men as well as women.

All of the products are made in Margaret River from Australian hemp seed oil.

With the legalisation of hemp foods in 2017, the Margaret River Hemp Co now makes an exclusive hemp chocolate range and sells several other foodstuffs, including protein, flour and hulled seeds.

These are available in their stores as well as through the internet and other retail outlets.

With the demand for the sustainable hemp crop increasing and finally Australian Hemp Hurd and Binder available since 2014, registered builder and co-owner of the Margaret River Hemp Co, Gary Rogers, has been concentrating his energy into the research and development of hempcrete buildings.

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Hemp Homes Australia is the name of this business and it was the first to build a hemp house in Western Australia, with many others already built.

These carbon-neutral and thermally efficient buildings, built from the sustainable hemp crop, tick a lot of boxes including being fireproof and termite proof.

Margaret River Hemp Co is a licenced grower, processor and manufacturer of industrial hemp here in the South West of WA.

However, in order to keep the hemp industry moving forward Hemp Co needed to collaborate with broadacre farming, so in 2017 the business partnered with WA's largest hemp grower and is at present setting up WA's first hemp processing facility, for building products here in Margaret River, under the name of DecorCo Pty Ltd with the backing of the WA government.

"It's been a long journey for Hemp Co, but we are passionate about an Australian industry and what the hemp plant can do," Gary said.

"So, to this end, we are continually on a learning journey and are concentrating on finding more ways to share the properties and products of this sustainable natural plant."