Hemp is undoubtedly one of the most sustainable fibers on the market…but it is also one of the most misunderstood
Hemp is hailed as being a sustainable fiber because of how hemp crops grow. This plant can grow up to 13 feet in just three months. It also has the ability to grow in a variety of climates, doesn’t require copious amounts of water, and naturally resists pests and insects. Farmers and environmentalists also love that hemp crops can protect delicate topsoils from eroding due to their deep root system.
Busting Myths About Hemp
Myth: Hemp is itchy and stiff.
Fact: Hemp has a similar feel to linen and is soft right out of the bag. But the great thing about hemp is that it becomes softer with each wash!
Myth: Hemp and marijuana are the same thing.
Fact: Hemp is a distant cousin to marijuana and has no psychoactive properties (what gets people “high”).
Myth: Hemp has always been illegal in the United States.
Fact: America has a long history with hemp, starting in the 1600s when landowners in North America had to grow hemp because of a royal decree from King James I. Hemp was also grown at Mount Vernon when the Washingtons lived there. Believe it or not, the first American flag and our country’s constitution were both made using hemp!
Myth: Hemp and linen are the same thing.
Fact: Although they share many incredible properties–including look, feel, and a number of beneficial properties– hemp is actually much, much stronger than linen and has incredible antimicrobial properties. Linen, on the other hand, is highly susceptible to mold and mildew, causing a shorter life for garments.
Myth: Because hemp is natural, it is not durable.
Fact: Textile Exchange calls hemp “one of the strongest fibers out there.”
Myth: Hemp is a new trend in fashion.
Fact: Hemp has been used since 8,000 BC as a fiber. In fact, the word canvas can be traced back to the Greek kannabis since this popular fabric was originally woven with hemp.
Wicking & Breathable
Strong & Durable