Hemp in Sustainable Fashion
Hemp is a super fibre and quite possibly the future of the sustainable fashion industry. This makes so much sense as for a very long time hemp was commonly used in textile making, and it's only in fairly recent times that hemp all but disappeared from use. Let's take a look at what makes hemp such a great textile fibre...
Hemp is a sustainable crop
Cultivating hemp requires only a small amount of water, and the plants are fast growing so they outcompete the growth of weeds eliminating the need for herbicides. There's also no need for pesticides or fertiliser in its cultivation. The deep roots of these plants not only mean that most of their required water is taken from the soil, it also helps to aerate the soil creating fertile ground. All parts of the hemp plant can be used, making this a great zero-waste crop.
How does hemp compare to cotton?
Unlike hemp, regular cotton requires enormous amounts of irrigation, and requires herbicides, pesticides, and fertiliser to grow. Organic cotton is a better option both for you and the environment, which is why we make the distinction between organic and non-organic fabrics at Lullaby Skies.
How does hemp compare to bamboo?
While bamboo is purported to be an environmentally friendly fibre, the sad reality is that this is often greenwashing. While the bamboo crop is similar to hemp in its growing requirements, the difference is that to turn bamboo into textiles requires a chemical process which is often incredibly harmful to the environment and the workers involved. Check out this article to learn more about how bamboo textiles are made.
Hemp as a textile
Hemp is durable, breathable and very tear-resistant, it has higher UV resistance than cotton, and provides great thermal insulation. Hemp is a wonderfully textural fabric, and makes for beautiful, long lasting garments to treasure.