Hemp is one of the most versatile and durable fabrics around. Made from fibers sourced from the stem of the Cannabis Sativa plant, it’s also one of the fastest growing, most environmental-friendly fibers to grow. The high-yield crop requires 90% less water than regular cotton but produces more than twice as many fibers. It's naturally pest-resistant, which means that farming doesn’t require any pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds. Hemp also has anti-erosion properties and can drain soil from poisonous substances and heavy metals. Pretty neat if you ask us. The sustainable aspects of hemp farming make it a given material for us to use in our collections. Equally important though, are the durable qualities the hemp fabric holds, and how comfy it is on the skin.
Benefits of hemp
Hemp has a lot of benefits, as mentioned above. Additional qualities are its resistance to ultraviolet light and mold as well as its antibacterial properties.
You’ve probably seen us mention the word durable in regard to some of our materials. In the case of hemp, durability refers to the hemp plant's endurance. Hemp is managed in most climate zones, it's naturally pest-resistant, doesn’t require as much water as other common crops, and survives in nutrient-poor soil.
Using hemp in our garments is also a way to increase its demand and democratize its production. Unfortunately, because it's Cannabis Sativa and thus looks like cannabis leaves, it is still hard to get permits to grow it in bigger quantities, despite its environmental advantages and the multi-usage it could have.
What’s bad about hemp?
Even though hemp checks a lot of boxes on the sustainability end, it has its downside. It may be fast and easy to grow, but harvesting is expensive and energy-demanding, especially if carried out in countries using non-renewable energy sources.
But seen from the bigger picture, it's a better alternative, and that's what we strive for - to choose the best material possible, based on our conditions.