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Hemp Fabric: The Future of Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Fashion

Aug 29, 2023Tabu CBD

TABU CBD in Partnership with SensiHemp

As sustainable fashion gains prominence, hemp fabric is emerging as a conscious choice for fashion lovers and environmental advocates. With benefits that go beyond aesthetics, hemp is becoming a pillar in the ecological fashion revolution , in addition to having very strong properties that make the fabric unique .
In this article, we'll explore how hemp fabric is shaping the future of sustainable fashion and why this choice is crucial for the environment.

First… what is Hemp?

Hemp is a universal plant from the Cannabis sativa family. Its fibers are used to make clothes, fabrics and other products, while the seeds are nutritious and used to produce healthy foods. Additionally, hemp contains compounds such as CBD.

Hemp Fabric: The History of the Past and the Sustainability of the Future

Hemp fabric is a textile material obtained from the fibers of the plant known as Cannabis sativa L. or industrial hemp. Hemp is classified as a bast fiber, which means that its fibers are extracted from the stem of plants , in a similar way to the process of obtaining flax fibers.
This fabric has been used for thousands of years , not only for the production of clothing as we see today, but for ropes, boat sails and even paper in ancient times. In 1920, around 80% of all clothing produced was made from hemp. Years later, during the Second World War, hemp played a crucial role , being the main raw material for the manufacture of uniforms used by the United States armed forces.

A Sustainable Gesture:

  • Hemp is a hardy plant that grows quickly and requires very little water compared to other crops used in the textile industry.
  • Additionally, it does not require the intensive use of pesticides or herbicides , making it an environmentally friendly choice as it improves and protects soil health.
  • When compared to cotton, hemp is a much more sustainable option , as conventional cotton cultivation is known to be water and chemical resource intensive.
  • The fact that it has a short growing cycle means it can be harvested every four months and grown twice a year, so hemp has the potential to absorb twice the carbon from the atmosphere and generate twice the yield compared to other cultures.

  • Using phytoremediation, hemp grows deep into contaminated soil , absorbing harmful substances while retaining useful nutrients. Pollutants are removed from the soil and stored mainly in the aerial parts of the plant, such as leaves and stems.

Unique Features:

Hemp has several that make it an exceptional choice:
One of the most notable features of hemp fabric is its durability . Clothing made from hemp is known to resist wear and aging, which means it lasts longer, meeting the need for frequent replacement.
Hemp, being made from plant fibers, is completely biodegradable. This means that if a hemp garment ends up in a landfill, it does not pose an environmental problem as it decomposes naturally.
Breathable, Hypoallergenic, Antibacterial and Thermodynamic:
It is naturally breathable , allowing air to circulate through the fabric, which helps keep the body cool and comfortable. Plus, it's hypoallergenic , which means it's less likely to cause allergic reactions on sensitive skin.
Its antibacterial nature helps to reduce unwanted odors, making it ideal for activewear. Plus, it's thermodynamic , meaning it helps regulate body temperature, keeping you warm during cold days and allowing your skin to breathe in warmer weather. These characteristics combine to make hemp an excellent choice for comfortable, functional clothing.
Testimony Marta Vinhas, Founder of SensiHemp , a Portuguese brand of clothing and accessories made from hemp and Ambassador of Fashion Revolution Portugal :

Why did you create SensiHemp?

I worked for 20 years in the textile industry with fast fashion , and over time I realized the negative environmental and social impact it has on our planet.

Sensihemp was born out of the need for change in this sector, in which fashion coexists with humanity and nature, and I decided to create this brand to show that it is possible.

The future of fashion is to go back in time, rescue ancient techniques and knowledge that are falling into oblivion , recover the know-how of working with hemp fiber that was once extremely important in our country.

What are the brand’s Values?

Sensihemp is a fashion project around hemp that aims to create an innovative ecosystem based on regeneratively grown hemp fiber in collaboration with artisanal and industrial communities in Portugal.

It aims to create products that are timeless , respectful of the environment, regenerative and have ethical and social responsibility , through the use of traditional techniques and processes that are on the verge of extinction, such as the use of natural dyes derived from plants, roots and minerals, which help to reduce tons of toxic waste and water pollution.

🫱🏾‍🫲🏽The fundamental objective of SENSIHEMP is to be a regenerative model, producing wealth in communities and at the same time having a positive social and environmental impact, and perceiving it as a continuous process that starts in the first section (farmer) and ends at the end customer.🤩

Why Choose Hemp Fabric?

I chose hemp for several reasons, for the qualities and advantages it has over other fibers, because growing hemp offers a series of environmental benefits that help mitigate the effects of climate change and restore healthy ecosystems, and for the strong historical connection it has with our country.

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