Tuesday, March 18, 2014

5 Benefits of Buying Hemp Clothing

You may have heard about hemp clothing and perhaps you’ve even made some judgments based on where the fabric comes from.  Hemp was a very common material with many valuable human uses prior to the past 20 or 30 years, and has unjustifiably fallen out of favor due to misunderstandings of hemp and its uses. However, unless you’ve owned hemp clothing and understand the benefits this amazing fabric provides, you’re missing out.  Here are five fantastic benefits of hemp clothing for the whole family.

English: An outdoor hemp plantation in the UK....
 Industrial hemp contains ultra-low levels of Delta-THC and other cannabinoids, which makes it useless for recreational/medicinal purposes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
#1.  Versatility. Hemp clothing and the fabric made from hemp is derived from the cannabis sativa plant.  This material has been used to make everything from ropes to canvas.  And it makes some pretty amazing clothing as well.  Easily dyed and easily blended with other fibers, hemp can be used to make everything from durable brown work pants to a lavender silky-looking blouse. 

#2.  Durability.  The word canvas actually comes from the Dutch word for cannabis and you know how durable canvas is!  They make tents out of the material.  Hemp is actually three times stronger than cotton.  At the same time, it is lightweight and absorbent and clothing made from hemp last a long time - long enough that your youngest child will easily be wearing hemp clothing your oldest child has outgrown and it’ll still be in tip-top shape.

#3.  Hemp is environmentally friendly.  While a large amount of hemp is grown in China where they do not have a chemical-free farming process, hemp grown in Europe, Canada and the United States is generally grown without chemicals.  Fertilizers, herbicides and even pesticides are not used in the growth and production of hemp. 

#4.  Hemp is a sustainable crop.  Almost every part of the hemp plant can be used.  Seeds are used to make hemp oil, and the stalks are used for making hemp fiber.  Add to all of that the fact that hemp produces more fiber per acre than trees and that it is a renewable resource.  Hemp is typically harvested within four months of being planted. 

Hemp fibers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
#5.  Hemp makes great outdoor clothing because it is mold resistant, resistant to ultraviolet light, and of course very durable.

Because just about every type and style of clothing can be produced from hemp fibers, and because it is an environmentally sound fiber to grow and produce, hemp is perhaps the single best fiber option available on the planet.  It’s economical, versatile and durable and it’s grown in a manner that doesn’t harm the environment.  What can be better than that?  It's time to put aside your preconceptions about hemp, and give it a try!

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