Overall, hemp is the strongest, longest-lasting organic plant fibre on this planet! It is unmatched in durability, resiliency, anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, making it the most popular fibre for the eco-conscious in the fashion industry.
Hemp is actually a weed, and it grows like one, so it needs no synthetic herbicides or pesticides to grow. This means that clothes made from hemp are environmentally responsible and sustainable, keeping you and the Earth happy and healthy.
In the past few decades both consumers and some fashion designers have taken notice of hemp’s benefits and many inventive and creative uses.
“I believe that hemp is going to be the fibre of choice in both the home furnishings and fashion industries and I wanted to be one of the first designers to use this fabric in an innovative way. I love the fabric. The plan is for us to eventually introduce 100-percent hemp products.”, so said Calvin Klein to the New York Times back in June of 1995.
Brand-name retailers and designers like Calvin Klein, Armani, and Patagonia have created a variety of pieces from jeans and shirts to jackets and outerwear made from this “miracle fibre”, recognising it’s comfort and versatility. Over the last 15 years, the rise of companies like Hempiness, Dash Hemp, THTC, HempAge and Braintree and many other hemp clothing businesses have grown and increased the appreciation of hemp, bringing their trend-setting fashion to the global stage.
Hemp has many amazing beneficial properties. Did you know that clothing and fabrics holding at least 50% hemp deter the sun’s ultraviolet rays? It’s true, and it does so more effectively than any other fabric, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Coupled with anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, hemp doesn’t retain odour-causing bacteria like synthetic or cotton fibres, it has hollow shafts making it super absorbent which makes hemp an excellent choice for sweaty, outdoor activities. And you don’t have to worry about repeat washing, hemp fabrics resist shrinkage and maintain its true colour.
So not only does Hemp fibre look great but it works hard for you and is a utilitarian and an environmentally friendlier alternative to cotton and synthetic fibres.