In recent years, hemp clothing has gained a huge fan following since it is similar to bamboo clothing. Many people are apprehensive about using hemp in clothing due to the stigma associated with it. However, remember that they’re completely different versions of the cannabis sativa plant, and hemp plants do not produce the psychoactive chemical THC which marijuana does. Here’s more information which will help you understand what hemp fabric really is and how it is better than a fine fabric like cotton for you.
What is Hemp Fiber?
The Fibre from the industrial hemp plant is a wonderful product used in everything from furnishings to high-quality textiles. You have two types of hemp fiber – crops grown specifically for fiber will generally produce a higher quality product and dual-purpose crops produce fiber and seed; with the seed being used for food, biofuels and other applications.
Advantages of Hemp Fabrics over Cotton
- Cotton uses about 26% of the world’s pesticides and consumes more than 7% of the fertilizer used annually. Whereas hemp plants do not need pesticides.
- Uses 50% more water than hemp to be turned into fabric whereas hemp requires less water.
- Hemp fibers are porous and allow your skin to breathe. It also softens with age while being mildew resistant.
- Hemp fibers are more durable and stronger than cotton.
- Well-crafted hemp textiles are durable, breathability and have strong thermal qualities and they are non-allergic.
- When dyed, it retains color better than cotton.
Other Advantages of Hemp Fiber
- A great insulator
- Excellent breathability
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Resistant to mold
- High abrasion resistance
- Superior UV blocking attributes
What can you make with Hemp Fiber?
There are too many applications of hemp fiber to count. Here’s just a few:
The apparels that can be made include:-
Other things include
- Luggage & Bags
Home Furnishing articles
What are the benefits of using Hemp Fiber?
Hemp is one of the strongest materials and most eco-friendly fabrics you can find. Hemp is strong due to the nature of its fibers which are long and highly coupled together. Thus hemp clothing will be able to stand up to the elements much more effectively than other fabrics. So hemp clothing is long lasting.
Gets Softer over Time
Fabrics like cotton and hemp clothing get better with usage and time. All you need to do is wash and wear your hemp clothing, it actually becomes softer and more comfortable. This is of more value due to the comfort it offers.
All good clothes should be UV protectant. With hemp fibers, this property of providing protection from UV is good to prevent sunburns and even a thin layer of hemp will keep your skin safe.
For me, this is a big deal because I want to make sure my family and I are safe from the powerful and, sometimes harmful, rays of the sun. Knowing that they’ll be safe due to wearing the right clothes is an easy win for us.
Breathable and Insulated
Hemp fiber is one of the few fibers which has a unique structure of the cellulose fibers in hemp. It provides you breathability as well as being able to insulate at the same time. Hemp clothing is able to keep your true body temperature at a natural level.
Another noteworthy property of hemp fiber is that it is water absorbent and keeps you fresh and dry. In fact, hemp clothing is so water absorbent is that it easily retains color dyes. So it can be blended almost perfectly with other fabrics and this is due to the water absorbent properties.
Hemp clothing is 100% naturally biodegradable, which means that even if you throw it away it is not going to pollute the environment. In fact, hemp plastics are now coming up which could lead to decreased pollution.
We all know how clothes emanate a fouls smell after usage. However, with hemp clothing, it is not the case due to its natural antimicrobial properties. The naturally antimicrobial nature of hemp clothing helps it to stay smelling good for longer. It also resists any mold and mildew thus keeping hemp clothing fresh for a long
Hemp clothing is completely legal, devoid of THC and it’s common to find hemp blended with other fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk since it can be dyed very easily. Wash hemp clothes in cool water and enjoy the benefits of this wonderful fabric.
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