Is hemp clothing more sustainable?

If you've been long time followers of ours, you already know sustainability is a huge priority for us, it's been a journey and an evolution and it's meant we've spent many countless hours researching, reading and double checking the facts on what we can do better and how we can be a more responsible and sustainable brand (and don't worry, this obsession isn't going anywhere). A few years ago, we started to really look deeply into the number one item used within our business - fabric! Long story short - we arrived at the decision that Folktribe would commit to the goal of exclusively using hemp in 2020.
Why? What are the benefits of hemp?
Here's 5 major reasons that makes hemp the most sustainble fabric on offer.

1. LOW WATER USAGE
Growing hemp uses significantly less water than most other plants. For example, when compared to cotton, hemp uses less than half as much water for an equivalent harvest.

2. GENTLE ON SOIL
Hemp takes approximately 3-4 months to reach full harvest and does not exhaust the soil from its nutrients, in fact hemp actually contributes rich organic matter to the soil & helps with moisture retention. Due to it's low impact and rapid growth, hemp can be harvested 3-4 times a year, once harvested every part of the Hemp plant is used so there is nothing wasted throughout the process.

3. IT'S DURABLE
Hemp is an extremely durable fabric, it has up to three times the tensile strength of cotton. If cared for, the lifespan of your garment could well be as long as yours.

4. IT HAS A LOW CHEMICAL IMPACT + REDUCES CARBON
Hemp is a self-sustaining plant, which basically means that it’s resistant to bugs & moths and doesn’t require pesticides & fertilisers. During its lifespan, industrial hemp absorbs & retains up to 4 times more carbon dioxide than trees and its other rival fibres, hemp has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint.

5. IT HAS A HIGH YEILD
Hemp has a much higher yield than most plants, this means that more fibre can be grown on the same amount of land, therefore less land required to be farmed (and more room to plant trees!). To gain perspective, on an equal amount of land, Hemp can produce 200-250% more fibre than cotton and 600% more fibre than flax (used for linen).

If you haven't already, you can see our hemp collection here and continue to follow us as we grow and build this beautiful range.

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