Fig. 19. Henry Ford swinging an axe at his 1941 car to demonstrate the toughness of the plastic trunk door made of soybean and hemp. (From the collections of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village.)
Big thanks to weatweebee for pointing me to this document on the industrial use of hemp. The link they sent me was to Perdue University's article "Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America" by Ernest Small and David Marcus. I recommend you read up on all the working examples of hemp as an alternative to many of the products I mentioned in my previous post about plastics.
I encourage everyone to leave your comments about your experiences, horror stories, and moments of inspiration from plastic. Do you have a story about a way to not use plastic or why perhaps it is a positive thing to keep using plastic instead of a non petroleum based polymer. We want to hear all about it.