We operate our design-build facility on a 9 acre experimental farm in Pennsylvania, where we grow 5 fiber hemp varieties
Environmental cataclysms, global warming, depleting natural resources and our dependency on diminishing oil reserves beg for changes in the built environment. Toxic substances are often used in the production of conventional construction materials, and at the end of their life cycle they are dumped into landfills in massive quantities.
95% of our lives are spent inside buildings, many of which are made of off-gassing petroleum-based non-breathing toxic products. We are sold on an idea that if only we seal the gaps, and if only we install a mechanical air circulation, then we will buy ourselves the best option available. We are not warned that we still breathe processed air mixed in with the toxic off-gassing from our new flooring, furniture, clothes. And we are rarely advised that there are other options, where walls breathe, regulate the temperature and humidity, resist rotting and pests, a system, proven through centuries, long before plastics even existed.
Here at COEXIST we offer this alternative, and our designers and architects work to bring construction and industrial products to market. In collaboration with our hemp farm we’re exploring the possibilities that hemp can have on materials in the built environment.
We develop systems that create an ecosystem where the natural world can coexist with humans in a clean and healthy way because our systems give back. We believe there is a lot to be explored and that is why we operate a research and development facility to innovate and create new materials and systems that work.
We hold workshops to teach others on how to build with hemp
Please contact us for dates and availability
hemp and plaster planter is exclusively by Americhanvre