Hemp is a natural plant fiber. It is a bast fiber, meaning it comes from the stem of the plant. Organic hemp is one of the most sustainable fibers in the world.
Hemp played a large and important role in human history, competing with flax as the main textile fiber of plant origin until the mid-nineteenth century. It is assumed that people have been using hemp as long as they have been using the flax, and the remnants of the hemp fabric date back to the 5th millennium BC in China.
Hemp is unique among other crops because every part of the plant has a useful and potential market value. In addition to being used in fabric production, hemp oil and seeds end up in food and cosmetic products. Hemp can be used to make construction products, paints, inks, paper, composite panels, clutch pads, plastics, fuels, biodiesel and Eco-solid fuel. Virtually anything that can be made of hydrocarbon (fossil fuel) can be made of carbohydrate, but a strong lobby continues to prohibit the growth of this useful plant.
Growing cannabis has minimal environmental impact - and can even be beneficial
- Hemp is a renewable fiber that grows extremely fast and abundantly in a variety of climates
- Hemp does not require chemical pesticides or fertilizers to grow. In fact, it grows so fast that weeds can be suppressed. Nevertheless, pesticides and fertilizers are used from time to time and should be avoided.
- There is currently no GM cannabis.
- Cannabis requires little water and usually no additional irrigation is required.
- Hemp can have a beneficial effect on the soil by replenishing essential nutrients. In some areas it is grown on land to extract contaminants such as zinc and mercury from the soil. Its root system minimizes soil erosion. It can be planted multiple times on the same land and is often used as a "rotation crop" to heal the soil between crops of other crops.
- Hemp produces 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax on the same soil and has the highest yield per acre of any natural fiber.
Properties of hemp fibers
- Hemp is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers.
- You could say it gets better with age! The more cannabis you use, the softer it will be.
- Hemp is resistant to UV radiation, mold and mildew.
- Hemp is very absorbent, making it easy to dye and making a good canvas for natural dyes. Depending on the plant and processing technique, hemp can be naturally creamy white, brown, gray, almost black or green.
- Like flax, hemp has excellent thermoregulatory properties, ideal for keeping you cool on warm days or warm on cool days.
- Hemp is machine washable and dryable. Less wrinkles than linen and requires less ironing.
- Hemp is very similar in appearance to flax. Hemp fibers can be 3 to 15 feet long.
- The elastic regeneration of hemp is very poor, it stretches less than any other natural fiber.
- Hemp has antibacterial properties.
YOU CAN CONSCIOUSLY CHOOSE
Caring for the world and the people we share it with is a life choice. Choosing cannabis is part of it. To enjoy all the health benefits of hemp fabric, you can choose it. This way you have the purchasing power to influence brands, producers and even livestock farms.