PLNT is a creative, innovative and industry leading hemp producer, based in Sussex. Creating a wide range of products from the highly versatile hemp plant, we are at the forefront of innovation, R&D and leading the way in sustainable agriculture with our approach.
PLNT is a sister company to GrowLab Organics and responsible for all of our broadacre farming activities, and for the development of hemp related products within the GLO group of companies.
Our farms provide open spaces for ideation and education, our research and development laboratory serves to nurture relationships with designers, wellness experts, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs exploring the vast potential of hemp.
As a sustainable brand we grow organic and environmentally friendly hemp crops, and embrace the principles of the circular economy. These include eliminating waste by utilising the whole plant, creating products that will not harm the environment right across their lifecycle, and always ensuring our carbon footprint is negative and our wider impacts are positive.
Whilst the specific location of our hemp fields are not public knowledge and varies year to year due to crop rotation, our activities span across three farms in West Sussex with a combined area of over 2,000 acres.
We operate a large fleet of state of the art farm machinery including GPS integrated tractors for enhanced data collection while carrying out ground preparation and seeding, the latest combine harvesting technologies, forage harvesters, and purpose built hemp harvesting trailers all of which provide us with flexible and dynamic resources to allow us to carry out almost any arable farming function.
We have our own hemp processing facility located at one of our farms allowing our hemp stalks to be separated into the outer ‘bast fibre’, and the inner ‘shiv’, which are then re-baled and utilised for a wide variety of different end products and processes.
If you would like to meet us, or arrange a visit to one of our fields, please contact us using the contact form on the website.
PLNT provides goods and services in a broad range of categories.
- Wholesale agricultural products including hemp seed and organic hemp seed, straw and organic straw.
- Wholesale post-processing products including fibre and organic fibre, shiv and organic shiv, cold-pressed hemp seed oil, and hemp seed cake/protein.
- Hemp based inputs for R&D projects including bioplastics, biogels, biofuels, paper, and processing infrastructure.
- Secondary stage processing services including decortication.
- Whilst not a “product in the traditional sense, carbon sequestration is one of our valuable outputs and we actively track the CO2 we have removed from the atmosphere.
Research, development and innovation is core to the PLNT philosophy. Already, we are involved in multiple projects, and actively seeking new opportunities to develop and grow the British hemp sector further.
The nature of these projects are varied but tend to fall within two broad categories; firstly to develop scalable, de-centralised processing capabilities within the British Isles to enable greater valorisation; and secondly to identify, develop and commercialise new, sustainable products using hemp.
It is our belief that in keeping these objectives and values in our heart, we will deliver better quality products to consumers, whilst also generating value for all market participants from growers, to processors and retail brands.
Some of our partners are shown below:
- University of York
- Goldsmiths University
- University College London (UCL)
- BBNET – BBSRC network
- ‘High Value Chemicals from Plants’ – BBSRC network
- British Hemp Alliance (BHA)
- European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA)
- University of Cambridge
- University of Leeds
- National Farmers Union
- Cranfield University
If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us using the form on the website.
Hemp is the term given to a family of plants within the species Cannabis Sativa, and of the genus Cannabis. Unlike some other species of the cannabis plant, hemp is not psychotropic, and typically has very low levels of THC and other cannabinoids that cause these effects.
It is thought to have originated from Central Asia, but is now cultivated all over the world with thousands of different strains emerging over the years. The plant grows rapidly and in a wide range of agronomical conditions which has contributed to its evolutionary success, making it useful and usable the world over.
From many ancient burial sites along the old Silk Road route, and also of the Siberian Ice Princess, and multiple neolithic archeological sites in Japan and China, we know that humans have been using both hemp and cannabis for at least 10,000 years.
Existing and potential uses for hemp number in the thousands, making it one of the most versatile plants in the world. Some of the broad categories that these uses fall into include food, textiles, paper, construction, fuel, phyto-remediation and carbon sequestration.
Once harvested, seed bearing hemp flowers, and stalks from both male and females, all become raw materials for these innumerable uses. In the UK, it is only the seeds and stalk that are permitted for use under the prevailing regulations and legislation.