Soul Flower is an earth loving clothing company that focuses on eco-friendly fibers and sustainability. We use a lot of eco-friendly fabrics, be we especially love using hemp fabric for our clothing. What is it we love about hemp fabric? The benefits of using hemp fabric in clothing are ahhhh-mazing… We love hemp because it’s a sustainable fiber that revives soil and requires no herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides to grow. We love hemp because it is efficient, durable, and long lasting. We love hemp because it is soft and comfortable. We love it so much, we created this list of six hemp clothing benefits to tell you about unbelievable qualities of the hemp plant and how well it works in fabrics! Read on to find out the benefits of hemp clothing and all the other amazing qualities of hemp.
Hemp Clothing Benefits: The Hemp Plant
First of all, what is hemp? Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa grown industrially for use in textiles, construction materials, oils, foods, and more. Hemp grows tall, with sturdy fibrous stalks and has very low, non-intoxicating levels of THC. The hemp plant is rather amazing and can be used in its entirety for all kinds of items, including hemp fabric!
Hemp Clothing Benefits List:
1. Growing Hemp Uses a Small Footprint
Hemp is a hearty crop that can grow nearly anywhere in the world, from the Arctic to the equator. It requires just half the acreage of cotton, and produces up to 3 times more fiber than cotton on the same amount of land. An amazing benefit of hemp production is how easy it is on our Mother Earth!
2. Hemp is Naturally Chemical-Free
Hemp grows rapidly—faster than weeds!— and unlike conventional cotton requires no pesticides or herbicides. Think about it, if we could grow a crop without having to cover it in pesticides and other chemicals that hurt the environment, we would have so much less contamination of our water and earth! Hemp is that crop.
3. Hemp Plants Save Water
Compared to cotton, hemp needs only a fraction of the amount of water to grow and process, using little to no irrigation. In some places, the water required by hemp crops is supplied entirely by rainfall.
4. Growing Hemp Actually Replenishes The Soil
The hemp plant helps purify the soil and its deep root systems help preserve topsoil from erosion. Hemp crops don’t need to be rotated, and can be grown on the same soil for many years in a row without depleting it.
5. Hemp Fibers are Strong and Sturdy
Wearing hemp clothing benefits the environment but also benefits you! Hemp fibers are 10 times stronger than cotton and one of the strongest plant fibers out there.
6. Hemp Simply Wears Well
Hemp fabric holds up and wears well! Plus hemp fabric absorbs dye easily and resists fading. Hemp clothing resists abrasion and holds its shape, yet gets softer with every wash. (For example, our amazing Soul Flower hemp pants are strong but get softer and softer every time you wash them!) It’s also naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and even UV rays!
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Sources for Benefits of Hemp Clothing
Hemp: A New Crop with New Uses for North America
Hemp Facts and Statistics | National Hemp Association
Industrial Hemp: A History and Overview of the Super Crop — and its Trillion-Dollar Future
Industrial Hemp facts | Rediscover Hemp
Hemp, Cannabis and Marijuana: What’s the Difference? | CounterPunch
Hemp Textiles | Hemp Industries Association
Ecological Footprint and Water Analysis of Cotton, Hemp and Polyester [PDF] | SEI International
High on Environmentalism | Slate
Some Hemp Clothing Options at Soul Flower
Men’s Hemp Yoga Pants