the beauty of hemp

Hemp fabric has made a big comeback in recent years. The most historical of fibres, grown and worn all over the world, over time it was replaced, or banned, or both.

Currently, the industrial cannabis sativa l. plant that hemp fabric and other products is made from is banned in the US. Significant amounts are grown legally in Canada, but we lack fabric production facilities so the crops are used in other ways, and exported.

Hemp field in Manitoba
Hemp field in Manitoba

Most hemp fabric in North American garments is made in China or Eastern Europe.

hat-sewing

Hemp has numerous benefits. I love sewing it, and wearing it. It is the most eco-friendly fibre around.

the organic cotton difference

The Basics of Organic Versus Conventional Cotton Textile Production

 organic conventional
Natural, untreated GMO free seeds. Typically GMO seeds, treated with fungicides and/or insecticides.
Healthy soil through crop rotation. Increased organic matter retains moisture in soil. Synthetic fertilizers, loss of soil due to mono-crop culture and intensive irrigation.
Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used. Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. Considered “the world’s dirtiest crop”
Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management for harvesting. Harvesting defoliation induced with toxic chemicals.
For production, fibers stabilized using double-plying or cornstarch. Warp fibers stabilized using toxic waxes.
Whitening with peroxide. Whitening with chlorine bleach
Finished with soft scour in warm water with soda ash, for a pH of 7.5 to 8. Finished with hot water, synthetic surfactants, additional chemicals including formaldehyde.
Fair trade labour standards. No labour standards.