Hemp can be made into all sorts of materials including rope, textiles, clothing, shoes, food, paper, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. For use in clothing hemp brings incredible benefits.
The benefits of hemp
- Magnificent durability! Hemp is the strongest natural fibre in the world
- Hemp blocks UVA and UVB rays as it has a high resistance to ultraviolet light, helping to protect you from the sun.
- It’s eco-friendly. Hemp is pesticide, herbicide and fertiliser free and requires little space to grow.
- It's even more eco-friendly. It requires about 80% less water to grow as cotton.
- It is still eco-friendly. Hemp returns 70% of the nutrients it absorbs back into the soil.
- Did we mention it's eco-friendly? What’s more is it's biodegradable. For example, whilst an average plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose, hemp plastic can bio-degrade within just 6 months!
- Yes! It is highly eco-friendly! It is the best plant for absorbing carbon dioxide from the air.
So what’s the deal with hemp and marijuana?
Hemp and marijuana plants both come under the genus of cannabis and their difference is in the levels of TCH they contain which is the chemical that produces the psychoactive effects. In the UK, if the plant contains less than 0.2% THC then this is classed as hemp and is legal to grow and sell, subject to fulfilling licensing and other legal obligations.
Why hasn’t hemp already taken off?
Hemp has been used for thousands of years in fabrics and other materials. However in the USA, with growing demonisation of marijuana in the early twentieth century, what could have been the golden age of hemp was put to an end with the halting of its cousin, marijuana, with the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. The act resulted in blocking both marijuana and, unfortunately, hemp. Similar laws and the curtailing of cannabis growth took place across other countries which held the hemp industry back significantly.
Today, in the UK and other countries, the hemp industry is lagging behind other materials due to specific legal requirements to grow, lack of infrastructure and subsidies. However, the realisation that hemp does not contain the psychoactive effects of marijuana and is an eco-friendly miracle material is spreading far and wide, and laws finally identifying and acknowledging the differences between marijuana and hemp are beginning to take root. We could be at the dawn of a new, widely used, sustainable material and this is why we are making hemp happen.