Hemp As A Textile

Hemp is a fabulously versatile natural product, we can eat it, make medicine from it, build with it and MAKE TEXTILES FROM IT!!!

Hemp fabric has literally been used for tens of thousands of years was historically used in industry to make durable sturdy items such as fabrics, rope and sails.

Globally, clothing is generally made with cotton and a blend of various other threads. The production of cotton in general puts a massive toll on the land that it is grown on.

To produce a single pound of cotton requires over a thousand gallons of water! Hemp requires half of the water, grows faster, and produces double the fibres a cotton crop of the same size would. Less water usage, and less land cleared for production allows for a healthier environment.

Cotton requires pesticides to be grown effectively and accounts for roughly 24% of the total chemicals for agriculture sold worldwide. Hemp stops weeds that would overtake cotton, requires no pesticides, and in various studies has shown to clear heavy metals and other pollutants from soil. Overall, hemp is a cleaner alternative for the environment.

From a permaculture perspective rather than planting huge fields of mono-crop cotton we can utilise hemp in a well designed regenerative agriculture project. In doing so, Hemp farming restores ecological balance as it has the ability to purify and remediate damaged soil, much like its therapeutic use in the human body.

Bedding made from hemp linen is not only durable but incredibly breathable and therefore is noticeably cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Clothing made from hemp is long lasting and being a natural fibre also has the advantage of breathability.

At the end of the day supporting local business by buying hemp products not only helps to create change on an environmental level but will also be a great personal investment for years to come.

 

 

References

 Bambuhome

“What is Hemp fabric?”
https://www.bambuhome.com/blogs/bambuliving/what-is-hemp-fabric

Superego

 “About Hemp”

https://superegoworld.com/pages/about-hemp

Hemp Australia 

 “Processing Hemp from field to textile fibre”

 


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