Stevia Corp. Announces Real Hemp LLC’s Collaboration With Internationally Recognized Designer and the Rubber Killer(R) Brand
INDIANAPOLIS, IN–(Marketwired – Oct 21, 2015) – Stevia Corp. ( OTC PINK : STEV ) (“Stevia Corp” or the “Company”), an international farm management company and healthcare company focused on the commercial development of products that support a healthy lifestyle, including stevia and hemp and their compounds, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Real Hemp LLC will be collaborating with the Rubber Killer ® brand to introduce a line of eco-friendly, high fashion and functional bags to the US market.
Rubber Killer ® bags help solve one of the most important environmental challenges facing every municipality in the world for the past 100 years. How to properly dispose or use scrap rubber in a profitable and responsible manner? The Rubber Killer ® bags use abandoned inner tubes from semi-truck tires in addition to recycled car safety belts and hemp fabric, one of the most durable fabrics known to man for hundreds of years, to create a durable high fashion bag made from repurposed and up-cycled materials.
The Rubber Killer ® brand consists of an exciting line of fashionable handbags, which was recently featured in one of the world’s most prestigious fashion shows in Paris, France.
The Rubber Killer ® collaboration with Real Hemp, (referred to as the “RKRH collaboration”), includes the introduction of an exclusive line of bags combining the recycled rubber feature from other Rubber Killer ® products with Real Hemp’s fabric line. This will also mark the first introduction of the Realhemp™ fabric line to the market.
Rubber Killer ® bags are designed by world-renowned designer, Saroengrong Wong-Savun (“Joi”), whose company, Rubber Killer Co., Ltd., recently received the Thailand Prime Minister’s Export Award of 2015. Joi will serve as lead designer for the entire line of RKRH collaboration bags. Joi’s creative efforts are emboldened by his ability to create brilliant designs that are environmentally responsible, all while sacrificing none of the creative ingenuity that are the hallmark of Joi’s design portfolio.
Real Hemp will introduce the exclusive line of RKRH collaboration bags to the US market this Fall with pre-orders available online starting October 23, 2015 at https://www.realhempstore.com/shop/fashion-apparel/.
George Blankenbaker, Stevia Corp President, comments, “The collaboration with Rubber Killer ® supports our efforts to create environmentally conscious lifestyle solution products that embody our principals and bring hemp into the hands of consumers to experience hemp’s almost limitless potential. Rubber Killer ® and Joi also support our strong belief in corporate social responsibility by allocating a percentage of Rubber Killers’ profits to fund local education scholarships and provide opportunities for local workers in emerging economies by training them, providing valuable skills and providing fair compensation under the Fair Trade International system.”
About Stevia Corp. ( OTC PINK : STEV )
Stevia Corp. is a farm management company and healthcare company focused on developing highly nutritional, high value products through proprietary plant breeding, excellent agricultural methodologies and innovative post-harvest techniques. Stevia Corp invests in R&D and IP acquisition and manages its own propagation, nursery and plantations as well as provides services to contract growers and other industry growers. Stevia Corp was founded on the principal of implementing socially responsible, sustainable, quality agribusiness solutions to maximize the long-term efficient production of nutritional crops. For additional information please visit: www.steviacorp.us.
About Real Hemp LLC
Real Hemp LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stevia Corp. focused on commercializing the industrial hemp variety of cannabis sativa including its seeds, fiber and cannabinoids.
About the Hemp Industry Sector
Industrial Hemp is a crop that can be grown for food and non-food purposes. As a result of its numerous nutritional benefits, many new food products containing hemp seed and its oil are finding their way into the marketplace, including pasta, tortilla chips, salad dressings, snack products and frozen desserts. Hemp seed contains a complete protein and the seed oil is the richest source of essential fatty acids (Omega-6 and Omega-3) with the perfect ratio of 3:1. Hemp seed oil is also used in nutraceuticals and health care products.
As a fiber source, hemp is undergoing rapid growth as a natural fiber in everything from clothing and textiles to automotive composites. The fiber is also gaining popularity as insulation and other building materials.
The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) estimated that the 2014 retail sales value of hemp food and body care products in the United States was $200 million. When clothing, paper, auto parts, building materials and various other products are included, the HIA estimates that the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2014 to be at least $620 million. Total hemp retail sales in the U.S. have continued to grow steadily and the annual percent growth is estimated by the HIA to have progressed from 7.3% (2011), to 16.5% (2012), to 24% (2013), to 21.2% in 2014.
Industrial Hemp is distinct from marijuana and is defined as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
Although it is legal to import and sell industrial hemp products in the U.S., it is not yet legal to commercially grow industrial hemp in the U.S. The 2013 farm bill was signed into law in February 2014 and contained a hemp amendment, Sec. 7606 Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research, which allows states that have already legalized the crop to cultivate hemp within the parameters of state agriculture departments and research institutions.
In January of 2015, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act was introduced in the House and Senate, H.R. 525 and S. 134 respectively. If passed, the bill would remove all federal restrictions on the cultivation of industrial hemp, and remove its classification as a Schedule 1 controlled substance.
There are at least 85 different cannabinoids that have been identified in the cannabis plant. The most notable cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana (a variety of cannabis containing high levels of THC). Cannabidiol (CBD) is another major constituent of the plant and is a primary compound in Industrial Hemp (a variety of cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis).
Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors. At present there are two known types of cannabinoid receptors, termed CB1 and CB2, with mounting evidence of more. The human brain has more cannabinoid receptors than any other G protein-coupled receptor type. CB1 receptors are found primarily in the brain and CB2 receptors are predominantly found in the immune system or immune-derived cells. Ligands for these receptor proteins include the endocannabinoids (produced naturally in the body by humans and animals), the phytocannabinoids (found in cannabis and some other plants), and synthetic cannabinoids (manufactured artificially).
Stevia Corp. , an international farm management company and healthcare company focused on the commercial development of products that support a healthy lifestyle, including stevia and hemp and their compounds, …