Hemp is one of the most versatile plants grown on commercial farms today. It is a superfood, a source of oil and fiber, and a profitable crop for both conventional and organic farmers. Hemp is cost-efficient to produce and provides consumers an eco-friendly choice for their food, beauty products, and even their clothes.
Hemp is a great clothing choice for many reasons. Not only will this special fabric last longer than other natural or synthetic fabrics, but it is a more sustainable choice than even organic cottons. If you’re in the market for sustainable clothing, here’s what you need to know about hemp before you buy.
Many conscious consumers have switched from synthetics to 100% cotton for their clothing, but hemp is an even better choice for many reasons. Cotton farmers use approximately 25% of the world’s pesticides, contributing to habitat destruction and pollution. Cotton is also a highly water-intensive crop, making it inefficient to grow. Hemp, on the other hand, is drought and pest resistant, making it the eco-friendly crop alternative to cotton.
Most synthetic fabrics and even cotton and wool will deteriorate over time. While hemp does get softer with every wash, it also becomes more durable because of the unique way in which it is blended and spun into fabric. When you choose hemp, you’re investing in clothing that will last for years to come.
Hemp naturally deters bacteria growth due to its protein structure, which means it is a hypoallergenic fabric that is safe for all skin types. Hemp can also help protect you from UV rays. Hemp clothing can have a rating of SPF 15 to SPF 50, depending on the way it’s manufactured. Because of its unique processing, hemp can also be thermoregulating. It keeps warmth in with thicker fabrics, yet is breathable with lighter fabrics. It’s the perfect fit for every season and occasion.
Hemp clothing is built to last, but even the highest quality hemp clothes will eventually deteriorate. Luckily, hemp clothing is 100% biodegradable and can be added to your compost rather than thrown out or donated.
There’s not much more you can ask from a fabric. However, hemp clothing isn’t found in just any retail store. It is still a relatively new textile to the market and typically not sold in big box stores. You can, however, find hemp clothing in a variety of small retailers and indie shops, as well as notable online clothing stores. Below are some of the top hemp clothing brands of 2019.
Thought clothing, originally Braintree, opened in Sydney, Australia in 1995. They started with organic cotton but have expanded their brand to include hemp, bamboo, soy, and rayon options for their customers. They have one of the widest varieties including tops and bottoms, dresses, jumpers and tracksuits, hats, scarves, socks, bags, bedding, and much more.
Nomads Hemp Wear has also been around for a long time, opening in 2000. They have a modern and eco-chic line of organic and fair trade clothes. In addition to their primary hemp clothing line, they also include bamboo, organic cotton, and soy fabrics. They offer all clothing options as well as shoes, jewelry, and yoga accessories.
The Hemp Coop is a U.S. based cooperative that donates and sells clothing at cost to offer greater access to sustainable clothing across the country. They also work with several charities to raise awareness for environmental sustainability in local communities. To boot, the Hemp Coop also has amazing hemp clothing you can buy on their website or on Etsy.