As more countries adopt the use of renewable energies, people are encouraged to live more sustainably. Clothes made from hemp have become a popular alternative to the traditional poly-cotton blend, as the material is not only ecofriendly but also natural.
So, what is hemp?
Unlike marijuana, hemp doesn’t contain THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient that causes a high. Hemp is a biofiber that has been used for millennia as rope, medicine, food and almost any other item that can be made from its fibrous and durable stalks.
Hemp fiber is completely biodegradable and natural, in addition to being antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral and hypoallergenic. This makes hemp a good option for the consumer, as well as a safer and cheaper crop for farmers to grow as it eliminates the need to use pesticides and fertilizers. Hemp also needs less water to grow, which makes it an even more economical crop. Currently, the primary growers of hemp globally are China, Canada and Europe.
How sustainable is hemp?
Mass-produced hemp has the potential to be more sustainable in comparison with cotton. As a fabric, hemp is also more durable and water absorbent.
Hemp cultivation gives high yields, which makes it an economically viable crop as well. Hemp can also grow in infertile land and needs less energy to grow into a healthy plant. This means that instead of the fiber industry using fertile land to grow hemp, that land can be used to grow food.
However, there are some things one should keep in mind when it comes to hemp farming, including the following:
- Hemp seedlings are expensive, in addition to being delicate. While nearly 80% of these seedlings will germinate indoors, this number decreases to 50% when they’re planted outside.
- Hemp plants need attention and protection from pests if cultivated outdoors or meticulous light and climate control if cultivated indoors.
- In comparison with conventional farming, industrial hemp farming is more labor intensive.
Where can I buy hemp clothing?
You can buy hemp clothing from BeWUSST, which manufactures hemp leggings, sweaters and even hemp underwear. Hempys is also a good option as it offers both pure hemp wear as well as hemp-cotton and other fiber blends.
Many believe that hemp farming can also be used to meet global demand, which makes this fiber’s future extremely promising. In addition to this, hemp can save a lot of fertile land and water from a sustainability stance. However, for the global hemp fiber industry to thrive, it needs support.
With companies such as Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) set to take hemp textiles a notch higher, it may not be long before hemp clothing goes mainstream.
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