Hemp 2018-02-21T20:44:07+00:00

Hemp.

Loved by the Egyptians, easy on the earth, this industrial fibre is not what you think it is.

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Hemp.

Loved by the Egyptians, easy on the earth, this industrial fibre is not what you think it is.

TELL ME MORE

Loved for 10,000 years

Those Egyptians, turns out that they were really onto something when they wove hemp fibres some 10,000 years ago. Fast-forward to the modern day, and hemp can be found everywhere from low-grade textiles to biodegradable plastics. Yet myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings swirl. Allow us to cut to the chase and through the noise. This is hemp – in all its planet-loving fashion ready glory…

Hemp… is wholly, totally, distinctly differently to cannabis

It’s a common mistake to make – an understandable misunderstanding. Hemp may look like it’s distant cousin when growing, yet it is totally different to cannabis.

There’s no amount of hemp you could consume that could ever create the psychoactive effects of cannabis.

Loved for 10,000 years

Those Egyptians, turns out that they were really onto something when they wove hemp fibres some 10,000 years ago. Fast-forward to the modern day, and hemp can be found everywhere from low-grade textiles to biodegradable plastics. Yet myths, misconceptions and misunderstandings swirl. Allow us to cut to the chase and through the noise. This is hemp – in all its planet-loving fashion ready glory…

Hemp… is wholly, totally, distinctly differently to cannabis

It’s a common mistake to make – an understandable misunderstanding. Hemp may look like it’s distant cousin when growing, yet it is totally different to cannabis.

There’s no amount of hemp you could consume that could ever create the psychoactive effects of cannabis.

Hemp… is not like cotton, either (at least not when it comes to the bad things)

A drop in the ocean

Hemp is far from the thirsty plant that is cotton, which demands between 7,000 to 29,000 litres of water just to create 1kg of industry ready cotton. These pretty scary figures compare to the 300 to 500 litres that hemp requires – that’s a fall of 98% (for those not so hot on their maths). In short, hemp is pretty easy going – a little sunshine, a little water. That’s all it needs.

Hemp… It could easily step into the shoes of cotton

By 2030, the demand for cotton will double. Water consumption = doubled. Arable land = impossibly in demand. It seems that mankind has got a lot to answer for. To step into the breach left by current cotton output, there’s been an uprising of synthetic and cellulosic fashion. Filled with petrochemicals, thirstier than cotton (if you can believe it). Yet the real kicker is yet to come, as these materials produce greenhouse gases 310 times more harmful than CO2!

100% natural

Pesticides, fertilizer, herbicides and irrigation. Forget them, hemp has.

In fact, far from needing these chemical nasties, hemp actually puts key nutrients back into the soil.

It yields much, to many

1 acre. That’s all it takes to create 5 metric tons of hemp straw – 30 – 40% of which will be worked into finished fibre (2 metric tons per acre). Take that cotton (you know, the material that produces a measly 0.36 metric tons per acre)!

A friend to farmers

For fashion, for consumer, for planet, hemp has much to offer. And as it turns out, it could also give farmers up and down the lands a real reason to barn dance, as hemp is seriously easy to grow, and delivers maximum output for every acreage. The farming of hemp goes like this… hemp grows, and is then left to ‘ret’ (where nature handles the leg work, with moisture that loosens the raw fibre from the soft inner core (‘shive’)).

With that part complete, the retted straw is fed through a machine to shed its outer layer and complete the separation of the fibre from the shive. Third and finally, it’s time for the SeFF treatment – removing lignin and pectins that stiffen, creating a fibre that’s soft, durable and ready for the world it loves.

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