Why Hemp Fabric is the best for the planet and for our bodies?
Our original love for the eco fashion industry stemmed from our passion for Hemp Fabric. After all these years, it’s still our favourite by far, and the innovation in blends and fabrics just keeps getting better. When we first started Hemp was a thick, wrinkle prone linen/cotton like material that didn’t keep it’s shape or colour well. Fast forward a decade ( ok a little more), this year we introduced a softer-than-soft vegan hemp knit “wool” that is cozy and funky and warm.
Hemp His and Her Story
The weaving of hemp fabrics is one of the world’s oldest industries, and soon will be the only sustainable path left for our future. Our ancestors used hemp 10,000 years ago because of its extremely high fibre content and multiple uses. By planting hemp instead of cotton today, we can produce 250% more fibre on the same amount of land. Since hemp is resistant to insects and diseases, it requires no pesticides. By way of contrast, non-organic cotton growers are responsible for over 50% of world pesticide use. Since non-organic cotton is often rotated with certain food crops, toxic pesticides build up and find their way into our meals. Run-off from non-organic cotton fields further pollutes streams, lakes, and all the creatures that depend on them.
When you’re this strong they call you legendary
Aside from the myriad environmental reasons for supporting the growing hemp industry, one might also be persuaded by the fabric’s legendary strength. In fact, hemp is the most durable of natural fibers: 3.3 times more durable than cotton. The extended life of hemp means that if everyone wore it, we could reduce by one third the resources needed to clothe the planet.
Hemp for your healthy body
Wearing hemp clothing also promotes personal health. Hemp cotton blends are both more absorbent and more mildew resistant than 100% cotton. Fabric made using 50% or higher of hemp will block more UV rays than non-hemp fabrics. Have you ever noticed that hemp-made garments don’t create static? That is because hemp has the same net static charge as human skin, resonating perfectly with our electromagnetic fields.
When conspiracy isn’t just a theory
We are not the first to profess the benefits of hemp for the world and its inhabitants. The outlawing of hemp was a great conspiracy, headed by an evil petrochemical consortium and its partner in crime, the wood-pulp industry, as documented in Jack Herer’s excellent book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes. These industries apparently felt threatened by the relative cheapness with which hemp’s clothing fibers and high-cellulose pulp could be produced. They would lose billions of dollars if hemp had been developed to its full potential, so they undertook a misinformation campaign to outlaw industrial hemp by demonizing marijuana, meanwhile obfuscating the differences between the two strains of cannabis.
Save the world, buy hemp
Your interest in, or purchase of, a hemp garment helps in the development of sustainable products through conscious consumerism. We hope you will enjoy our high-tech yet earthy clothes.