A few things you should know about Hemp

  • Hemp is an organic crop by nature, needing no pesticides to be grown. It grows tightly spaced, out-competing any weeds so herbicides are not necessary. It also leaves a weed-free field for a following crop.
  • When 55% hemp is used instead of 100% conventionally grown cotton, over 2500 litres of water can be saved per T-shirt.
  • Fabrics made of at least one-half hemp block the sun's UV rays more effectively than other fabrics.
  • Hemp fibres are longer, stronger, more absorbent and more mildew-resistant than cotton.
  • Hemp fibres are thermodynamic, keeping the wearer warm in Winter and cool in Summer.

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Comment by Daniel Godfrey on April 7, 2010 at 12:36
these are great facts, but is there a license to grow hemp for this purpose in the uk? is there an infrastructure to convert raw materials into cloth within the uk? who are the leading manufacturers of hemp fabrics? can hemp be ethically sourced or are there lots of air miles involved?
Do you blend your own hemp / cotton for your garments? I want to release a sustainable tee range, at the moment i can source fair wear foundation approved organic cotton tees for very reasonable prices... are there better offers with hemp fabric sourced in the uk / europe?

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