Hemp is Not a Drug, It’s a SUSTAINABLE Alternative
Hemp makes up fabrics, food, building materials, fuel, and more. It is not the same as smoking weed, cannabis, or marijuana. Not that those things are bad, as long as they are legal. However, in order to fully understand the powerful benefits of utilizing hemp as an industrial material, this must be stated. They fall under the same species umbrella, but are not even remotely related in the way that they are made up or used. Think of them as a Great Dane versus a Teacup Poodle. Now do you see the difference?
Seeing as we don’t have to make much for ourselves anymore (sewing our own clothes, growing our own essential foods and plants to create materials), we generally don’t know much about fabrics outside of cotton. Cotton and slavery built our country, after all. But cotton isn’t the only way to make a shirt, or a pillow case, jeans, or canvas shoes. There are several different plants that can be harvested to make materials for our everyday needs. A lot of them, like hemp, can be harvested in a manner more sustainable than cotton could ever be.
Facts presented via Super Ego Clothiers, a modern hemp clothing & lifestyle brand.
Top Uses for Hemp
As the infographic above says, there have been over 25,000 discoveries for the industrial use of hemp. Here are just a few:
- Fabric for clothing and things like bags and shoes, and hemp fiber and fabrics are also antimicrobial.
- Hemp can actually be used for FOOD, and is considered a superfood because it is packed with nutrients!
- Hemp paper lasts longer than tree paper. The United States Constitution was written on hemp paper.
- Fuel for automobiles.
- Building materials for new construction.
- Less water is wasted in the process of growing and creating hemp products. The fashion industry is currently the number one most wasteful industry in the world. Incorporating fabrics like that would change the fashion industry tremendously.
- The fibers are stronger than cotton fibers, so the fabrics lasts longer, thus expanding the lifespan of fabrics. This would decrease fast-fashion because clothes would be of better quality.
- Hemp crops yield 4 times as much usable products as a cotton crop of the same size, and they use less pesticides in the process!
Eco-Friendly Hemp Fashion & Lifestyle Brands
- Bohempia – shoes
- Super Ego Clothiers – Shirts, hats, snack bars, soaps & oils,
- This World – Women’s fashion
- The Hempest – Men’s & women’s basics: underwear, outerwear, socks, shirts, pants, and wallets
- Hempy’s – clothes, beanies, craft supplies, body care, candles, hats, belts, and more
- Jungmaven – Men’s & women’s apparel, home, and accessories
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Did you know that hemp could do all of that? It can feed you, clothe you, & build the structures around you. Makes you wonder why it is only legal to grow in 10 states in the USA, right? Let’s create the demand for it by supporting eco-friendly hemp businesses like those above. What’s your favorite hemp product and brand?
Check out Tiny Green Earthling to see why we love hemp for our little one!