The Green Closet- Hemp fabrics

The Green Closet- Hemp fabrics

Historically used for industrial purposes, like rope and sails, hemp is known as one of the most versatile and durable natural fibres. Hemp promises to be the magical crop that can satiate human’s need for clothing, nutrition, packaging, and even housing; without hurting the sustenance of our planet. Hemp fabric is deliciously soft on the skin, and is known for growing softer with each wear. Hemp is naturally resistant to bacteria and provides natural UV protection. Hemp is actually one of the oldest textiles in existence, dating back to almost 10,000 years. But since it disappeared for a couple of years in between, people are now trying to understand it all over again. History is definitely repeating itself- this time for the better.

The world may have unfairly banned Hemp for looking like Marijuana, but the humble plant remains selfless as ever. It uses far less water than cotton to grow and yet it gives you a similar warmth and familiarity on being used as a garment. What worked for Hemp, has worked for thousands of years for mankind- its strength and also its ability to retain its shape, that helps the fabric look new for a very long time. Like fine wine, the more you use it, the softer it gets. You’ve heard about fabrics wearing out, but this one wears in!

Hemp is also naturally resistant to mould and ultraviolet light. Its porous nature allows it become more absorbent, which means it’s perfect for tropical climates. Not only that, the fabric is also thermo regulating which means that it‘ll keep you warm in winters and cool in summers. We can continue talking about Hemp because there is so much to discover about this crop and with our resources dwindling at the speed of light, Hemp can really be the game changer for sustainable fabrics and therefore, sustainable fashion. In a world of synthetic fabrics, Hemp seems to provide the answer to a question that is now being repeatedly asked- How do we become more sustainable in our choices?


Hemp Fabric has become a game changer in the sustainable textile space because it is a fabric that truly cares about the impact that the current market is having on the environment, and can do a lot about it. Not only does the fabrics benefits the environment but also is capable of providing the thousands of farmers in our Himalayan region earn a good living. Hemp is naturally resistant to bacteria and provides natural UV protection. That means it protects your skin, and retains color better than other fabrics. As you can see, hemp fabric is quite practical. It literally prevents you from getting stinky, gets softer with more use, and is stronger and longer-lasting than cotton. No wonder why we should make the shift, right

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Firstly, instead of being petroleum based, hemp is a vegetable fibre, making it biodegradable and highly renewable. It doesn’t require pesticides, herbicides or fungicides to grow, so doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals or contribute them into the world, and per acre it can produce 250% more yield than cotton and 600% more than flax (which is used to make linen). It grows in just 12-14 weeks, and can grow in a huge range of climates, whilst also breathing in four times as much CO2 as trees, controlling erosion of topsoil and replenishing soil with nutrients and nitrogen. Almost every part of the hemp plant can be used in a variety of fields, including bio fuel, paper and plastics. When used to create fabric hemp consumes far less energy and water than cotton during processing, and the resulting fabric is durable and breathable while being naturally resistant to mould, bacteria and ultraviolet light, so it looks after you as you wear it. Basically, hemp is a wonder resource!

With more and more brands now getting on board with hemp, this spells good news for the future of sustainable fashion. So, when checking your care labels and shopping for your sustainable basics this summer, remember that hemp is much kinder to the Earth than most conventional crops because it grows quickly, requires little water and no nasty pesticides. It is also possible to produce more hemp fibre per acre than trees, cotton or flax (linen) and boasts deep roots that anchor and aerate the soil. So let’s go green with hemp and keep the planet greener!

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