Green Homes with sustainable fabric

When talking hemp, many of us picture it as rough, burlap-looking fabric. In fact, with modern technologies of textile manufacturing and colouring, this idea is very far from reality. Depending on the design, hemp fabrics can be easily incorporated in any style: from masculine minimalism to country romanticism. Hemp is purely sustainable material as it grows very fast and it requires only third of the water needed to grow cotton. Hemp plants grow close to each other and crowd out weeds, which makes the use of herbicides unnecessary. They are also resistant to most pests, thus they do not require pesticides.

Hemp textiles produced with hemp fibre

The use of chemicals, pesticides, and fungicides have a disastrous effect on the environment, including soil, water, and air contamination, reduction of biodiversity, and resulting illnesses. The largest industrial crops, such as cotton and soybeans, are grown with the use of intensive pesticides, causing a drastic impact on global chemical use.  Planting and harvesting industrial hemp eliminates the use of chemical controllers. Hemp is highly resilient and naturally resistant to fungi, insects, and diseases. Thus, farmers do not have to use chemicals to manage there crops when they grow hemp.

It has always been possible to make a variety of high-quality, durable fabrics from hemp, either alone or in combination with other natural fibres such as flax or silk. The variety of delicate textiles that can be produced from it is remarkable.

Linen: Linen is an excellent example of a lightweight textile that can be made from pure hemp. When linen is manufactured from hemp, the resulting product is lightweight, durable, and breathable – excellent in hot and humid conditions!

Terrycloth: Hemp is also widely used to make terrycloth, the tufted material that may be either woven or knitted and is primarily used for towelling. Due to hemp’s remarkable absorptive properties, it is considered very suitable for this application.

Twill: Hemp fibres are also very suitable for various types of twill, including denim, herringbone, and flannel, and several types of knitted textile including jersey and velour.

Hemp silk charmeuse: A Combination of silk with hemp can be used to make taffeta, a stiff, shiny fabric used in ball-gowns and wedding dresses. It can also be used to create charmeuse, a lustrous satin used to make figure-draping lingerie and flowing evening dresses. Even complex Jacquard-woven fabrics, in which a raised pattern is woven into the cloth, can be made with blended hemp.

Is Hemp Fabric Biodegradable?

Hemp fabric is remarkably better not just in terms of harvesting, resource-economic and productivity, but biodegradability too. Hemp fabric decomposes within a few weeks or a month and doesn’t stay longer in the compost. While hemp goes back easily to where it came from, other fibres don’t give up quite soon.

  • Cotton: 1-5 months

  • Bamboo: 1-2 years

  • Silk: 4+ years

  • Jute: 2-3 years

  • Wool: 1-5 years

  • Polyester, Nylon, Spandex and Rayon: 20 to 200 years

Hemp Helps Slow Down Deforestation

Our planet loses an estimated 19 million acres of forest per year, and tropical deforestation, in particular, is continuing at an unsustainable pace. Often, these forests are cleared to make way for farmland for crops or the trees are harvested for products such as paper.  Depending on the breed of industrial hemp, the plant can be ready for fibre harvest in as little as 60 days. Whereas trees used for wood pulp can take anywhere from 10 to 20 years to be harvested, hemp grows much more quickly and provides profits fast.  The speed and quality of hemp growth means that it makes an excellent replacement for non-organic cotton. With its resilience and variety, hemp can be a better long-term investment for the consumer and the environment.

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Improper farming practices strip the land of its nutrients without allowing enough time for soil replenishment. The result of this destructive practice is soil degradation, which ultimately impacts the food crops’ health and overall productivity. Hemp returns many of its nutrients into the ground, thus the soil becomes healthier, and erosion slows. Additional benefits to the earth include using hemp for phytoremediation, a process where the plant can be used to remove excess selenium from soil and, in essence, clean up the environment.

How to clean hemp fabric?

Because of antimicrobial properties, hemp fibre absorbs and releases perspiration easily. All it needs is just a cool wash by hand using natural detergent. Avoid using chlorine bleach for tough stains. Instead, you may prefer oxygen bleach or hydrogen peroxide. To remove foul odour from the fabric, use white vinegar in cold water while washing. Never dry clean your hemp fabric nor use hot wash. Hemp fabrics withstand cleaning process better than other fabrics. The dyes or colouring penetrate deeper into the hemp fabrics which helps retain the vibrancy for longer. For drying, you may prefer line drying under the sun or rolling in a towel. Avoid machine drying on the regular basis. For ironing, it becomes easy to press slightly moistures fabric. Creases don’t occur as frequently as in linen or cotton. Therefore, it’s not advisable to reshape.

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Home decor reflects our personality and speaks about our taste in interior design, our understanding of color, and design choices. A house is just the four corners, but a combination of home decor items and a touch of our love and creativity is what transform a house into home. And, the living room decor is the first thing our guests notice when they visit our home. Some of the advantages of hemp fabric are warmth, the softness of natural fibre along with superior durability seldom found in other natural fibres. Home furnishings made from hemp incorporate all beneficial qualities including bacterial resistance and zero bio toxins.

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