What are the benefits of clothes made of hemp?
On MaeSue.com you will also find clothing made from hemp. People often laugh when I tell them that. Because hemp is often confused with marijuana. But hemp deserves a place of honour in the list of materials used for textiles! Because hemp has many advantages, both for you as a carrier of clothing and for the environment.
The benefits of fabric made from hemp
Fabric made from hemp feels wonderful. The more often you wear and wash it, the softer the fabric feels. It is a strong material that lasts for years because hemp is four times stronger than cotton. Hemp has a long and strong fibre structure which makes the fabric so strong. Clothes made from hemp can, therefore, be washed as often as you like and because it does not wrinkle, it does not necessarily have to be ironed. The fabric made from hemp also retains its colour and rapidly absorbs dyes during production, so no chemical dyes need to be used.
In addition, textiles made from hemp are naturally anti-bacterial. You, therefore, do not easily suffer from unpleasant odours in the clothes. But there is more, fabric made of hemp absorbs moisture quickly, dries quickly and the fabric breathes well. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Hemp textile also has the special property that it stops UV rays. Doesn't that sound great?
The ecological benefits of hemp
Hemp doesn't only have all kinds of practical advantages for the wearer of the garment, it's also very environmentally friendly. For example, much less water is needed in the production of hemp than in the production of cotton. Only one-twentieth of what is used in cotton. Often the rain is enough to allow the hemp to grow. Hemp grows close to each other and the plants grow up to four meters high in four months. In addition, hemp can be planted several times a year, so that more can be produced. The plant, therefore, produces a lot of usable fibres per square meter. Because the plant is very strong, hardly any pesticides or weed killers are needed during cultivation. That also makes it possible to grow hemp completely organic.
Hemp takes up little nutrients from the soil so that the soil is not exhausted. The roots are very long and strong and thus prevent erosion. After the cultivation, the roots remain in the soil so that the soil remains rich in nutrients. The hemp is picked by hand, which is environmentally friendly but also provides work. And another big advantage, in the production of hemp and clothing made from hemp, more CO2 is absorbed by the plants than that is emitted. Even after cultivation, hemp remains good for the environment. Because it is a natural fibre, there are no micro-plastic particles that disappear into the oceans.
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp has quite a bad reputation because it is always mistaken for marijuana. That is not surprising, because both come from the same family, the cannabis plants. And the plants also look alike. But while the growers of marijuana want a high THC value, the growers of hemp want a low THC value. THC is the substance that gives it a stoned or high feeling.
Hemp itself has a very low percentage of THC. If you would smoke it, you would not feel anything. That is why hemp can be grown without problems in various countries where marijuana cultivation is strictly forbidden. In the Netherlands, a hemp plant has a maximum THC content of 0.2%. So you can try to smoke a t-shirt made of hemp, but it really won't make you high. ;)
How to wash clothing made from hemp?
You can best wash hemp at 30 degrees, or with cold water. For many garments made of hemp, the use of the dryer is not recommended, but the fabric dries very quickly so to hang dry it works fine. Is there a grease stain on the garment? Then let some detergent soak in the stain overnight and then put the garment in the washing machine. Hemp clothing does not wrinkle, but you can iron it if you want. Always check the instructions on the label to be sure what is best for the garment.