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What Is Hemp And What makes it Sustainable

Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa plant species.

Hemp is a natural fibre that is four times as strong as cotton and only uses 1/20th of the water than cotton to grow and process.

Hemp doesn’t need any pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals to grow. Hemp is fast growing and generates 220% more fibre than cotton. It also returns most of the nutrients to the soil, and its large roots help prevent erosion. Hemp has been used for cloth as far back as 10,000 years. Pure hemp fabric has not been popular until recent decades when technology was developed to soften the material.

Hemp is an excellent replacement for cotton for clothing. It is lightweight and absorbent and three times stronger than cotton. Hemp is weather-resistant, naturally filtering UV light as well as resisting mould. It also retains dye better than any other fabric. Hemp also has a porous personality that allows it to breathe, keeping you cool in the summer. And like bamboo and wool, hemp is warmer in colder weather, making it an excellent fabric for us Canadians. For all these reasons, this is why we chose to feature hemp and our fabric of choice.