Hemp is old news, really old news!
Hemp has been cultivated across the globe for thousands of years, mainly used in industry for rope and sails because of its easy cultivation and durable fabric production. Hemp was once the most farmed crop in the United Kingdom.
For various reasons mostly due to the miss-association of cannabis, hemp nearly disappeared from use but is having a long-overdue revival due to the growing awareness of the many, many benefits of this wonder crop. Almost the entirety of the plant can be used to make tens of thousands of products – not just textiles.
Hemp can grow easily in most soil types and helps restore vital nutrients back into the soil. Hemp can be used by farmers as a crop rotation renewing the soil with each growth cycle.
Hemp requires no chemical fertilizers to grow as leaf shedding provides the soil with adequate fertilization. Plus, the plant is naturally pest resistant.
Growing hemp requires four times less water than conventional cotton, therefore helping to restore and maintain water supplies.
Soft yet strong
The benefits of hemp aren’t just held in its environmentally friendly production. Hemp fibres are lightweight and highly absorbent, with three times the tensile strength of cotton, making it perfect for outerwear accessories like our everyday bag.
Hemps strong natural fibres help to hold fabrics tight and tough, maintaining shape and resisting abrasion making it extremely durable. Clothing made from Hemp gets softer with every wash, increasing comfort the more you wear it.
The fashion industry accounts for nearly 15% of global carbon emissions. Switching to Hemp clothing would mean planting more Hemp plants which help the process of CO2 absorption from the atmosphere, one hectare can absorb around 15 tonnes of CO2.
Hemp requires much less land to grow, almost half the area required to grow conventional cotton. Also, hemp can produce three times more fibre than cotton in the same land, avoiding undue stress on our planet and resources.
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