At present we are over-reliant on dwindling fossil fuel reserves and are still busy chopping down forests at an alarming rate. Hemp is a sustainable
alternative and also one of the most effective converters of CO2
to oxygen - cleaning the air, improving the soil and helping to fight global warming.
Currently, the majority of clothing and design fabrics are made from cotton. Being the major global fiber crop, it is also the most environmentally harmful, using 25% of the world's pesticides. As pests have become more resistant to these chemicals, larger quantities are required, poisoning both land and water. Hemp, by comparison, needs little or no pesticides and produces three times as much fiber for only a fraction of the water in comparison to cotton. This makes it the most sustainable and environmentally friendly crop to use for textiles.
Apart from living in a healthier environment, using hemp for clothing is beneficial to the individual in many ways. Hemp fibers are porous so they allow your skin to breathe, whilst also being softer, stronger and more durable than cotton.
Since the hemp plant is the fastest CO₂ to Oxygen converter it actually has a carbon negative footprint, meaning more CO₂ is extracted from the atmosphere than is being created in the cultivation process. Growing large hemp fields would basically be the same as growing new rainforests.
Besides textile, the hemp plant can be processed into thousands of other products and applications such as paper, fuel, food supplements, medicine, housing materials and many more.