Green Fingers: Why Hemp?
Ok, it's no secret; we love hemp. Not only does its lovely, slubby, texture feel great against your skin, hemp also comes in pretty handy in the fight against climate change, since it absorbs more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than trees and other plants. Choosing hemp is a small, simple act that gives a little high-five to Mother Earth.
It's all about carbon capture technology these days, so when you consider that one hectare of industrial hemp absorbs over 24 tons of CO2, industrial hemp just might be the most practical and useful "Carbon Sink" we have at our disposal. We believe in looking to Mother Nature for the solutions already available to us. Let's talk about some other super hemp facts that make it a mega material.
Natural & Non-Toxic
Hemp is a natural fibre that can thrive almost anywhere (hence "weed"), with very little impact on the surrounding environment. It also requires no irrigation, pesticides, synthetic fertilisers or GMO seeds, resulting in fabric that is less toxic and gentler on sensitive skin.
Restorative & Clean
Hemp is a phyto-remediation plant, meaning it restores balance to environments by cleaning the soil, air and water. It was planted at Chernobyl to reduce soil toxicity. On top of that, it's pretty nice for your microbiome. Hemp has antibacterial properties, is resistant to mould and breathes well, making it great for your skin.
And by old we mean ancient. Remnants of hemp cloth from 8,000 B.C. have been found in Mesopotamia, where it was used to make clothing and sails for ships. Hemp was grown as a staple crop in the USA until the 1930s.
Hemp is not marijuana, but they are both cannabis. Marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive chemical, meaning it gets you high. Industrial hemp however contains virtually no THC, but does contain CBD. CBD won’t get you high, but can improve immunity and reduce inflammation–along with other health benefits.