Hemp is a naturally occurring strain of cannabis which is used exclusively for industrial use. Hemp was one of the very first plants to be used as a fiber, with hemp clothes being carbon-dated all the way back to 8000BC.
Here at Indohemp, we aspire to be one of the leading providers of hemp apparel and in this blog, we hope to give you all the reasons as to why you should choose hemp for all of your clothing and apparel. Here are twenty reasons why you should choose hemp.
Hemp Fiber Benefits
1. Breathable & Lightweight
Hemp is one of the lightest fibers you can find, and this gives the clothes and the apparel a very breathable and lightweight feel with the fibers themselves weighing up to a third less compared to the cotton and woolen materials. This is vital for people who travel a lot and for those who comfort and ease is vital.
Hemp is a plant-based partially hydrophobic fiber which means that it does not absorb water and instead tries to reflect the water, much like water on a leaf. This means hemp clothes and apparel offer protection from harsh weather conditions and will also protect the clumsy among us from spillage damage.
3. UV Resistant
As we said in our previous point, hemp is a plant, this means that it absorbs UV rays and its fibers are resistant to being worn away by the sun, unlike other fibers such as silk or cotton. This means that hemp apparel and clothes maintain a fresher and more vibrant look for longer and can actually protect the user from UV radiation.
4. Mold Resistant
Hemp really is resistant! Hemp is one of the few materials that offers mold resistance due the way the fibers are spun the fiber stays fresh, clean and vibrant for a long time. Along with the water resistance it offers, the hemp fiber really results in long-lasting and durable apparel for those who like to get some wear and tear out of their purchases.
Hemp is one of the strongest fibers around and is actually up to four times as strong as alternatives such as cotton or wool. This means that hemp apparel can bare a lot more weight and take a lot more damage than most other clothing pieces or bags. This makes hemp ideal for travelers and people who are carrying a lot and traveling through tough conditions.
6. Water Efficient
Hemp uses a lot less water to grow than most plants, in fact, it uses up to half as much water as cotton to grow to full harvest. This means that less water is being used to grow crops and less damage to the environment, especially in today’s current climate, where water is almost a scarce material.
7. Quick Harvest
Hemp reaches it’s full harvest in 3-4 months, which means that a hemp field can be harvested up to four times a year. Meaning that annually, hemp is one of, if not the highest yielding crops to harvest. This infers that hemp if far more efficient ecologically and economically, greatly reducing the environmental damage caused.
8. Organic Growth
Hemp is also one of the very few plants which can muster a fully accessible harvest without the assistance of fertilizers and pesticides. This makes it 100% organic crop used to makes some top of the range fibers. By being organic we are greatly decreasing the environmental footprint and economic cost of the production of the hemp that we use in our apparel.
9. Very High Yield
Hemp offers one of the highest yields out of every single possible fiber. Hemp can be used as paper and in fact, yields a much higher harvest than trees, with almost double a fiber per acre yield to most trees. This means that, along with the quick growth times, the annual yield can be up to thirty times more than trees and other alternative fibers on the market, making hemp a far superior substitute. It also saves about 30% more land as other fibers as it can be grown with very tight spacing, allowing for more crop per an acre.
10. Efficient Production Process
In hemp production, the entirety of the plant is broken down and has its separate uses. The leaves and stalks are spun and processed into the strong weather-resistant fibers which we use in our apparel and the seeds and roots are used to produce food and oil supplement. This really earns hemp its a nickname of ‘The Utility Plant’ with its many uses and zero waste saving money and the environment.
11. Carbon Equaliser
Nowadays we must work together to save ourselves from the sad future we may face and hemp could easily play an integral part in this process of change, which we must implement, in the coming years. Hemp plants produce more oxygen and absorb up to 4 times as much carbon dioxide than trees and other rival fibers. This means that hemp has the potential to help reduce the global carbon footprint by up to 37% if we all were to switch to hemp.
12. Less Acreage
Hemp is traditionally grown in mountainous, northern hemisphere countries, which are often quite undeveloped, the efficiency and growth of hemp has offered them a naturally occurring fiber to grow with and the small amount of land which it takes up (up to 40% less than cotton) has let them use the land to grow, develop and survive. Hemp has played a key role in their survival and will go on to play a key role in our survival and environmental recovery in the future, on a global scale.
Hemp is a very versatile fiber which means it can be partnered with other, weaker fibers to make a perfect go between and blend the sturdiness and resistance of hemp with the softness and smoothness of silk of nylon to create more ideal and original garments. At Indohemp we use pure hemp for the sturdiness and resistance it offers along with the expertise of the Nepalese people in handling and manufacturing the apparel.
While at Indohemp we do not provide hemp supplements or CBD products, it is hard to deny or negate the nutritious benefits that hemp offers. Hemp seeds are mega-rich in protein, holding almost as much a soybeans, a common meat alternative.
They also offer unsaturated fats, which reduces heart and liver problems and contain absolutely no trans fats. Likewise, hemp is rich in fiber, which plays a key role in digestive processes and also loaded with rare vitamins and minerals, which help your eyes, skin, and hair. By incorporating hemp seeds into one’s diet you can almost guarantee a healthier lifestyle will follow.
15. More Than Fairtrade
Hemp while not too expensive to cultivate and grow can yield immense profits, with pure Nepalese Hemp selling for up to $300 an acre, bringing about a fair profit for the farmers. Hemp crops also have a way of enriching and improving soil health, which plays into the farmers favor as their soil is richer for the season’s next crop after harvest.
It also requires no fallow period so the farmer can begin to replant as soon as the hemp is harvested. This means that the farmers are generating a healthy living all year round, at a fair price and are wasting as little land as possible.
16. Comes In Natural Colors
In the 21st Century, people strive for garments and apparel that comes as natural as possible and here at Indohemp we provide this natural and organic apparel. Hemp comes in many different colors and through this we can create our unique and creative bags, using no harmful or polluting dyes at all.
As you can establish from this article, hemp has the potential to save us from the sorry environmental mess we find ourselves and in recent years this has been proven. In 2009 Connecticut University found that Hempseeds offer a ‘viable and attractive’ feedstock for biodiesel. Meaning that the seeds of hemp provide a good base for renewable fuel and was seen as very efficient and could even be used at a lower temperature than other potential biodiesels
18. Tree Saver
Hemp has been used to make paper for as long as 2000 years. Hemp pulp-based paper is a very viable replacement to standard wood pulp paper with it being seen as a far more tougher, durable and recyclable alternative. Although production costs are high, we can hope that perhaps hemp pulp papers becomes a norm and begins to save our trees
19. No CO2 Concrete
Hempcrete, as it has been creatively named is a combination of lime and hemp fiber in place of hardcore rocks. It offers all the aforementioned benefits of hemp, with the hemp fibers strength, fire, and mold resistance becoming prevalent in the mixture. It is also carbon-neutral, non-toxic and energy-efficient. A variety of uses also backs up the argument in favor of using hempcrete, with it being used for walls, floors and even as insulation.
20. Potential Plastic Replacement?
Hemp composites are seen as a potential solution to the global plastic crisis that we are facing on a global scale. Now we’re not going to suggest that McDonald’s start manufacturing hemp straws but car companies such as Lotus have already begun to offer door panels, columns, seat backs, boot linings, floor consoles and instrument panels made from hemp.
Hemp’s history is just as rich as the soil it leaves after it’s harvest and this history plays an integral role as to why these benefits of hemp are so unknown and why this super plant that makes super-strong fiber and who’s seeds are a superfood is relatively unknown and why it is so unknown or misinterpreted in the greater world.
Here at Indohemp, we pride ourselves on using the freshest, most organic hemp at a low cost for you, the consumer; us, the producers and the environment that we live in.
While hemp’s history and past is often misconstrued and its name has been dragged through the mud, it is the future of hemp we must look forward to and the benefits switching to hemp may bring to everyone around you.
Hemp Textile Benefits: Q & A
Why is hemp a good fabric?
Hemp is one of the rare fabrics that is UV, mold, and water-resistant. At the same time, hemp fabric is known for its durability and sustainability. There are many testimonials across the Internet where people claim that hemp fabric “literally lasts forever”. Another interesting fact about hemp textile is, the more you wear hemp apparel the softer it gets over time. Hemp is also easy to dye and retains color better than any other industrial fabric. These are just some of many reasons why hemp is an amazing fabric.
What is hemp fabric used for?
There are countless uses of hemp fabric including, but not limited to, jeans, shoes and sneakers, shirts, dresses, underwear, hats, bags, mats, skincare products, toys, paper, various food products, etc. In fact, the hemp plant is famous for its versatility, it has over 20,000 uses and that list has expanded over the years. Interestingly, in the history of sailing ships, hemp fiber was used around the world to make ropes and canvas sails. Another intriguing fact is that Henry Ford made a car partially from hemp to help out American farmers.
Is hemp fabric breathable?
Yes! Hemp is a breathable fabric meaning it does not retain moisture, resulting in resistance to mold. Well-made hemp textile has strong thermal qualities as well as being hypoallergenic, making it a great accessory for outdoor activities and travel.
Is hemp a strong natural fiber?
The fibers of hemp are one of the strongest and most durable natural fibers in the world. Hemp is strong, durable and holds its shape, on top of being the most environmentally friendly fabric of all. Hemp is extremely sustainable and will outlast other common materials in its longevity. Hemp fiber has been used for centuries in the making of ropes, sails and other building materials, proving its undeniable strength and sustainability.