Hemp has recently gained momentum in the market and much popularity in the fashion industry and the reasons are too many. Hemp fabrics are known for their purity, anti-allergic properties, super-absorbent nature, sustainability, and now also known for setting a new trend in the fashion industry. With the planet’s deteriorating condition people and civil society have become quite aware of the conservation of our green planet. A lot of consumers have started opting for products that are eco-friendly and harmless to our environment.
Why Choose Hemp Fabric?
Opting for hemp fabric and accepting it in the fashion industry would be a big leap towards sustainability. It would mean that we require more and more numbers of Hemp plants for the products and this would trigger the cultivation of the same which again would help in the process of absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere in a shorter span of time. More numbers of hemp plantations, more products generated, and more purification of the atmosphere.
Hemp fabrics have no by-products making them the best sustainable fabric for a new trend in the fashion industry. Hemp unlike cotton requires ten times lesser water for growing and is free from chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Hemp plants grow very fast as a result can be grown in much more quantity without the soil losing its nutrients. Hemp clearly has a number of advantages over cotton, especially when it comes to the environment.
The list of pros also overshadows the cons, suggesting that hemp is by and large a very beneficial plant than cotton. Before we jump to any conclusion and decide what our entire closet needs to contain let’s just take a moment to think about the environment as well. Let’s make the right choice and in the present times, it’s not difficult anymore. Hemp has started making its mark in the market already and has started becoming available on a larger scale.
Hemp grows all over the world, even in the earlier times and hence it didn’t much time for the ancient civilizations to recognize its significance, value, and its plentiful uses. Hemp is a sturdy plant. Its stalks are fibrous and thick. The seeds are also highly nutritious, which is why many modern people use hemp seeds as part of their diet and other nutrition plans. Experts estimate that hemp has been in usage since the 8,000 B.C. approximately. This is long before humans were cultivating plants themselves, and long before the invention of the technologies required to make clothes. Nevertheless, hemp stuck around with humanity, and we began to use it for various purposes.
Hemp fiber or industrial hemp is acquired from the outer layer or the bast of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is more popular for producing marijuana. While marijuana contains 20 percent tetrahydrocannabinol content (THC) which causes the high when smoked, industrial hemp only contains 1 percent of THC. This fiber has some magical properties: it is a good conductor of heat, dyes well, protects skin from ultraviolet light (that causes skin cancer), and has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-allergic properties.
The Making of Hemp Fiber-The stages
- Retting(To moisten or soak in order to soften and separate the fibers by partial rotting)
- Scutching (a step in the processing or dressing that separates the impurities from the raw material of fiber in preparation for spinning)
- Hackling(Passing a comb through fibers to clean and straighten the fibers)
- Roving(Natural fiber yarns that have been drawn out and slightly twisted in preparation for spinning)
Climate change has become a severe problem at present times. A lot of damage has already been done. But it’s high time we realize the destruction and act wisely. It’s important right now than ever for us to do our part to reduce the carbon footprints that are creating a horrendous impact on our planet. If more and more of us try and live a sustainable life, then we could collectively create major positive changes for our green planet. Pollution could be reduced considerably.
Hemp’s uses need not be searched for now. More or less everyone today has a brief idea of how beneficial and remarkable this plant is. Here are some of the advantages that make it the best choice:
Sturdiness: Hemp fabrics are extremely durable in nature. This is better and tougher than cotton or wool-like fabrics. It has a texture that is unique and that uniqueness makes it stand out in the crowd. The pattern could be a little uncomfortable for people but with the regular wash, it gets softer and only better with time. But its coarseness contributes to its durability as well as sustainability.
Breathable: The pores in hemp clothes make them breathable in nature. Cotton has been the choice of customers for the last few decades but once people get the taste and habit of hemp fabric’s breathable nature, they wouldn’t opt for any other fabric for their summer wears especially. It’s not a distant dream now hemp has entered the market and will very soon take over it.
Organic: Hemp fibers have no by-products and leave no carbon footprint on their production. In the making, no toxic chemicals are used and hence it’s pure and eco-friendly.
Additionally, it is a good conductor of heat, dyes well protect skin from ultraviolet light (that causes skin cancer), and has natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-allergic properties. Tough on Germs: Hemp fabric is tough on microbes and because of its breathable nature there’s no chance of catching odor. People wearing hemp fabric tend to feel fresh even after the entire day at work. Hemp masks have been proven heroes in that. Needless to say how comfortable they are! Tried and tested and hence the claim.