Eco fashion designers have long been aware of the benefits of hemp and how it can reduce the environmental impact that the fashion industry has upon the planet. As a result, designers are now working with it, along with other sustainable fibres such as bamboo to create stylish and accessible items of clothing. Hemp clothing has long been associated with hippies and eco warriors alike, but nowadays, there’s no reason why this highly sustainable fabric should leave you looking like you stole your clothes off a scarecrow.
Hemp is a weed which grows in abundance in many parts of the world, meaning that its production into fabric or thread is often local and beneficial to the surrounding area. It is a very hardy plant which grows well in a variety of soil conditions, making the use of fertilizers and pesticides unnecessary, and the fabric fully organic. It also requires very little water to grow and is resistant to drought, making its supply reliable regardless of weather conditions.
One of the greatest benefits of hemp and its use within eco fashion is its minimal contribution to the greenhouse effect. One of the fashion industry’s greatest challenges is overcoming the amounts of carbon emitted from the large scale production and transport of clothing. Hemp naturally absorbs CO2 as it grows, balancing out any gasses released during fabric production, making it a carbon neutral product.
Comfy and breathable
The organic nature of hemp doesn’t just have positive effects on the environment. The absence of chemicals and pesticides during its growth and production make it a lightweight, comfortable and non irritable fabric, ideal for wearing close to the skin. It is highly breathable and wicks sweat and moisture away from the body, leaving you cool on warm days or during exercise. It also provides good thermal insulation in cold weather. And despite its associations with scratchy, carpet-like jumpers, it is now growing in popularity with environmentally conscious designers as a luxury fabric. Hemp silk is a wonderfully light and reflective fabric used in dresses, and its increasing appearance on the catwalk goes to show that hemp is now bridging the gap between sustainable fabric and aesthetically pleasing eco fashion.
Overall, hemp is now becoming more accessible to the masses as a versatile fabric and a staple within the eco fashion industry. Non polluting and highly sustainable, it is quickly proving to be an organic and ethical alternative to cotton.
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