Have you ever had a favourite outfit that you loved so much you wore it to death and you have never been able to replace it? Whatever happened to timeless elegance in the rush to conform to the High Street command of “get the latest look”? How much money would we have left over for that holiday we have all been dreaming of if our clothes lasted more than one season?
Well, hemp fabric could be the answer.
Here are 10 reasons why we should all get excited about hemp
- Hemp is stronger than cotton. It is the most durable natural fibre with the highest abrasion resistance and tensile strength amongst all of the natural fibres, providing maximum wear and use
- It becomes softer with use. The inherent lustre and light reflecting qualitites of hemp are enhanced by washing
- The fabric breathes as well as linen and better than cotton, and is as effective an insulator as wool. It feels cooler in summer and during cool weather it retains body heat
- Hemp resists staining by releasing a microscopic layer of cells with each laundering, exposing a fresh surface. In effect, this means that hemp retains its sleek sheen every time it is washed, that it never dulls and that it releases stains more easily than other fabrics. It becomes finer and more luxurious with use.
- It will not stretch out of shape, so it will always look good
- The fabric is very porous, making it highly absorbent and quick drying. Hemp absorbs more moisture than cotton and much more than synthetic fibres, and faster.
- It is naturally resistant to mould, mildew and bacteria, and naturally mothproof, and has natural antimicrobial properties, so it does not need to be treated with chemicals and is therefore better for you and your family’s health and well-being
- Hemp blocks UV rays more effectively than any other fabrics with less fibre degradation from UV exposure than any other natural fibre, making it especially good for window coverings and a wide range of eco soft-furnishings
- With a longer lifespan than other natural fabrics, it can render a lifetime of service, is biodegradable and easily recyclable and even more than any other eco fabrics lends itself to re-fashioning and upcyclling.
Wow! And if you thought that hemp fabric and eco textiles means a return to the dark ages and the days of sackcloth, look again. With ever better production methods, fibres can be polished and finished to much higher standards than ever before, meaning that it is possible to be indulgent and kind to the environment at the same time.
Anything we’ve missed here? We’d love to hear from you…….