The textile industry continues to grow, and the need for ethical sourcing and production is paramount to keep consumers delighted and costs low, while meeting the increasing regulations demanding environmental consciousness. The opportunities for improved environmental consciousness are everywhere in the textile industry.
Hemp creates one of the eco-friendliest fabrics in the world. Hemp requires no pesticides, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and aerates the soil. Combine that with hemp’s rapid growth cycle that can take as little as 90 days to fully develop, and we have one of the most sustainable, versatile textile fibers in the world.
Hemps’ tensile strength is eight times that of cotton fiber which accounts for its historical use in sails and rope for the British and American Navies. This high textile strength can help fabric resist wear and last longer!
Hemp has the look of classic linen and can feel like one of your favorite flannels depending on the fabric blend. Hemp material will also soften with age and with each wash.
Like linen and cotton, hemp is a cool, breathable material. It is recommended for warm, humid climates as the fabric resists mildew and absorbs moisture.
While hemp has been taking the spotlight in recent months, Flax Fiber remains one of the most flexible and soft natural fibers for textile applications. Utilized as linen since ancient Egypt, this century-old textile material remains one of the most durable, flexible, and soft textile material options.