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For all of those who have never considered wearing a piece of clothing made out of hemp, it's time you look at some brands worldwide that are making an impact in the fashion industry. After doing so, you definitely are going to start looking differently this great fabric, which is one of the most durable of natural fibers.
Hemp is a very eco-friendly crop. It requires no pesticides and needs little water, yet it renews the soil with each growth cycle. Its long roots prevent erosion and help retain topsoil. Hemp grows readily in most temperate regions. In many ways, hemp could be considered a miracle fiber. Consider the advantages:
- Strong: Clothing made of hemp fiber is lightweight, absorbent, and, with three times the tensile strength of cotton, strong and long-lasting.
- Weather Resistant: UV and mold-resistant, hemp is excellent for outdoor wear.
- Versatile: Hemp can be blended with other fibers for different qualities. Hemp/silk and hemp/cotton garments are available for different flexibilities and textures.
- Cost-Effective: Hemp is less expensive to farm because of its minimal growth requirements.
- Easy on the Environment: Hemp farming uses very little water, does not require the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers, and is a readily renewable resource.
Back in the heat of Australia in 1995, the desire to wear natural, cool clothing marked the start of Braintree's story.
Often when people think about hemp clothing, they envisage a loosely woven, scratchy material. That couldn’t be further from the beautifully soft hemp fabric that Braintree uses and loves. There’s certainly a lot more to hemp than first meets the eye.
Grown and woven with every effort to protect the planet, hemp is super-strong, yet soft on your skin. Over time, it becomes softer still, so the more you wear it, the more you’ll want to.
The Hempest was founded in 1995 with the conviction that bringing hemp back to the marketplace and into full view of the public was the best way to counter the misinformation and ignorance that has surrounded this plant for years. It also believes the market is the best place to create change, for as the demand for hemp increases so will the pressure to allow it to be freely grown around the world.
The Hempest has sourced hemp fabrics and garments from all over the world, and has established great relationships with mills and factories in China, the world's largest producer of industrial hemp. They believe that hemp is the past, the present, and the future.
Nomands Hemp Wear
"Pioneers of Hemp and the Organic Eco Clothing Evolution"
For the past 14 years, Nomads Hemp Wear have created durable, comfortable, yet still extremely stylish eco-fashion, creating organic and fair-trade clothes for men and women out of the best Gaia-loving sustainable fabrics the planet has to offer. Festival friendly, fair-trade clothing for men and women in bamboo, organic cotton, soy, and their own specially fabricated hemp blends that reflect their love for the earth tempered with an urban sensibility.
Currently ranked the UK's most ethical menswear brand (as ranked by Ethical Consumer Magazine), THTC is an ethically-driven clothing label. It produces eco-friendly and politically conscious street wear made from hemp, carbon-neutral organic cotton, and recycled salvage plastic fibers.
Planted by the Lawson brothers back in 1999, the company and its hemp was watered with urban music and fed with a love of life and street culture. THTC has since grown into an influential global street-wear brand, with a flourishing online community. It has been the vanguard of a crusade to bring hemp into the realm of credible, urban street-wear.
Hemp & Company
Since 1999, Hemp & Company has been providing eco savvy customers with comfortable natural clothing that doesn't cost the earth.
Hemp & Company began as a small specialty shop in New Denver, BC in 1999 and is now one of the largest eco friendly clothing stores in North America. They manufacture only in Canada.
Hemp & Company uses a variety of imported natural fibers such as hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo. Their signature fabric is a hemp and organic cotton blend, custom dyed in Winnipeg using low impact dyes and a 100 percent uptake process.
Margaret River Hemp Co.
Margaret River Hemp Co. offers an extensive range of hemp clothing for men and women and other natural hemp products, as well as a chance to learn more about hemp—the world’s most versatile and often forgotten plant.
They encourage you to experience the cool comfort of wearing hemp clothing and other natural clothing. They have a wide range of attractive, casual, and smart hemp clothing for the whole family. Beautifully soft fabrics that combine hemp, bamboo and cotton (including organic cotton).
Rawganique is a small-scale manufacturer of chemical-free pure organic clothing, footwear, bed, bath, and home products. They grow their own organic foods year-round in a homestead off the grid on rural Denman Island. Because of the small margin, the company works with unsubsidized raw organic materials and a sweatshop-free, family friendly work environment.
With over 20 years of pioneering the US hemp movement, Hempy’s has established a worldwide reputation for its quality, US manufactured, hemp apparel and accessories.
One of the core values of the company is long-term sustainability in all aspects of what it does. Every decision they make is based on the idea that in order to be truly sustainable, all stakeholders’ interests must be met, planet earth being one of the key stakeholders in this equation. It is a company that believes that all things are connected and, therefore, every detail matters. Hempy's struggles on a daily basis with the decisions of how to deliver the very best quality and value to its customers while honoring the crafters who create their products and the planet that sustains us all.
Last but not least, Jungmaven is a company that has been using hemp for years for its strength and simplicity in clothing.
They know the word canvas is derived from cannabis and that hemp has been worked with for sails, ropes, charts, maps, and more, helping man/woman navigate the world. This company certainly is happy to bring people this magical ancient fabric.
“When you look and feel good—you make better decisions. You always look and feel good in hemp”—that’s one of the company’s mottos.
One hundred percent hemp is their favorite. The yarn is dense which helps it drape and shape to the body. The stubby heavier weight of 100 percent hemp yarn gives the shirt depth and a texture like raw silk. The fabric is UV protecting, breathable, and dries ultra fast.
The Hemp Clothing Industry
Not just within the Unites States but in Europe and Asia as well, the hemp industry is growing faster than any other. This ancient fabric will shortly become a great asset not just to the fashion industry but also to the people who are trying to reduce the impact that we as human beings make on this beautiful planet.
Nowadays we are able to choose from one brand or another for an amazing piece to wear everywhere at any time. There’s no doubt that in upcoming years we will be hearing more and more about this industry and the countless advantages of this hemp.
So don’t forget, support your local business and open up your mind to the future in fabrics from shoes to hats to t-shirts to anything you can possibly imagine. Hemp is taking over one step after the other. Hemp clothing came to stay, to make a positive and huge impact in the fabrics industry.