There are products in the market that we have been using for a very long period of time despite knowing they are not good for us as well the environment also probably because we had no choice. We always fall for fancy things without realizing the harm that they cause to any living being of our green planet. We are very attracted to the glam and fancy things we often see on the television or the fashion industry. Many people have the taste of fashion products that are synthetic, vibrant, colorful, made of fur, made from leather, etc. We are no one to judge or comment on them but we can certainly create an awareness of the sustainable and organic products available in the market in the present times. A lot of people are working on sustainability these days because of the time demands.
Our planet is deteriorating day by day. But we can save it! It’s all in our choices that can make a huge difference. So shouldn’t we actually switch to things that are organic, natural, pure, and sustainable? Not only that will keep us safer but also be a game-changer for our beloved mother earth. Our earth needs healing. Right now! We have caused enough damage but it’s high time we stop that now. All we need to do is choose sustainability over harshness. And that’s it!
PLANET GREEN is an online platform to promote various innovative products made from sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly fabrics. It is a place for products that are handmade by using traditional techniques. 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. Eco-friendly and sustainable raw materials like hemp fabric, bamboo, jute, organic cotton are the fabrics that we use for all our products .e.g. hemp mask, hemp cushion cover, hemp pillow cover, hemp paper, etc.
Hemp fiber or industrial hemp is obtained from the outer layer or the bast of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is more popular for producing marijuana or hashish. However, while marijuana contains 20 percent tetrahydrocannabinol content (THC) which causes the high when smoked, industrial hemp only contains 1 percent THC. This fiber has some incredible properties: it conducts heat, dyes well, resists mildew, blocks ultraviolet light, and has natural anti-bacterial properties. It is used in many industries including paper, biodegradable plastic, construction, health food, chemical clean-ups, and fuel. Automobile companies like BMW use hemp fiber to reinforce their door panels for better safety standards. There’s even an urban legend that claims the first pair of Levis jeans were made from hemp!
The steps of making hemp fabric from the plant are as follows:
- Retting (The process whereby naturally occurring bacteria and fungi, or chemicals, break down the pectin that binds the hemp fibers to be released. Common techniques consist of soaking in water, or laying on the ground and letting dew do the ‘retting’)
- Scutching (Beating stems, which separates the desired fibers from the hemp’s woody core)
- Hackling (combing of the stems to remove unwanted particles)
- Roving (improves strength)
- Spinning (can be wet and dry spun)
Hemp Fabric Benefits
Hemp is durable: the fabric can last for a longer period of time and will get softer over time and wash.
Hemp fabric is lightweight and breathable: In fact, it’s one of the lightest fibers compared to all the other fibers available in the market. Hemp weighs up to one-third less than wool, cotton, or any synthetic fiber.
It’s anti-microbial: Hemp is resistant to harmful microorganisms and fungus, which means hemp garments won’t have a bad odor and will not require much washing. This means less wastage of water in washing ultimately resulting in sustainability). This also means it’s great for those of that have sensitive skin.
Hemp is partially hydrophobic: While hemp fabric is not that water-resistant but it can stand up to a light drizzle.
Hemp doesn’t shrink: One of the biggest advantages of hemp fabric is that it maintains its shape. Compared to a cotton shirt, hemp will be able to retain its shape and integrity after multiple washes.