When we think of Cannabis, we typically think of cannabis flower, buds, oils, concentrates, and edibles; not fashion and textiles. Hemp is never typically a topic of discussion or interest unless the individuals specifically work in that industry. However, hemp has been utilized in textiles for longer than anyone could imagine and is gaining even more traction in the modern era we are living in when it comes to designing sustainable and natural textiles.
The History of Hemp
Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for industrial use. Despite hemp still being illegal to grow in some countries, it contains only a trace amount of THC and cannot be utilized to “get high.” Although the stigma of cannabis is still tied to hemp use, it is being more accepted as countries continue to legalize cannabis. It was first introduced in North America in the 1600’s and used for products like paper and rope. Hemp is one of the oldest industries dating back more than 10,000 years. It has become one of the most sustainable textiles on earth made of fibers of the cannabis sativa plant. Hemp fabric is one of the most sustainable and durable natural fibers.
Benefits of Using Hemp Fabric
1-Helps the Environment
- Saves water; it uses only 5% the amount of water as cotton uses to grow and process
- Keeps soils healthy by retaining and restoring varying nutrients while being able to grow multiple cycles of hemp on the same land and soil
- Can utilize rainwater to grow (depending on the climate)
- Reduces carbon footprint
- Fights against fast-fashion clothing which end up being disposed in landfills
2-Provides Quality to the User
- Stronger, more absorbent, and more durable than cotton
- Insulates better than cotton
- Protects skin against harmful UV light
- Fights against odors and bacteria
3-Continues to Innovate in the Fashion Industry
- Produces high quality items over fast-fashion which only focuses on quick production
- Preserves the colour of the garment without fading, better than all other fabrics
- Retains garment shape keeping the designer’s vision alive
- Clothing softens with time even after washing
Overall, hemp-made fabric provides superior quality to the customer while still being ultra-fashionable. Modern day designers are so creative and have taken the traditional industrial hemp production to the next level by specifically designing fashion-forward clothes with the benefits of hemp in mind. Wearing hemp textiles is a great way to combine your love of fashion and passion for a more sustainable environment, without sacrificing style.