Hemp is often used under its pure form but is also blended with organic cotton, wool or even with yak wool.
Contrarily to the cotton production that uses 25% of the global insecticides for only 2,5% of the total farming in the world, hemp requires neither pesticides nor herbicides.
Thanks to its deep tap root system, the hemp plant regenerates the soils where it grows and doesn’t need much water.
Once it has been turned into fabric, the material becomes more resistant as well as thermo-regulator and antiallergenic. Each time Hemp is washed, it reveals softer and softer surfaces.
On the same amount of land hemp produces three times more fabric than cotton. The extensive use of hemp dates back to ancient times.
People resorted to hemp for the production of textile, paper, cosmetics. It was also used as a construction material and for animal bedding.
Another of its benefits is the high-protein value of its seeds.
Detractors influenced by paper and cotton industry magnates consigned hemp to oblivion. In 1937 the Marihuana Tax Act was passed.
While it made hemp cultivation economically impossible, it also contributed to the massive deforestation of parts of Canada and the United States because people had to use tree pulp to make paper. The Act also sustained the development of cotton as well as the chemicals necessary to its production…
Nowadays, new varieties of non-psychoactive (THC) hemp have been developed and hemp cultivation is now no longer prohibited in Europe.
This new hemp revival now makes research and production possible. New approaches on the subject have an undeniably positive impact on the environment that should be supported from now on.
You’re interested in the hemp revival and its positive impact on the environment? Have a look at our “further readings and related links” section. You will also find some information on our fabrics shops at La cantate du chanvre or Naturellement chanvre.
We have started a partnership with the Walloon Hemp sector (BE) which has just developed a very nice quality of fabric (50% Walloon hemp and 50% Walloon wool).
This fabric was prepared with shiboris and dyed with indigo in our workplace.
They also make hemp straw with which we fill our zafus.
Hemp for environmentally friendly clothes
- Once the fabric is delivered, everything is made in Brussels: the dyes and the sewing are made at Watermael.
- Hemp plants require neither pesticides nor fertilizers and they regenerate the soils they grow in.
- None of our vegetable dyeing techniques discharge toxic emissions.
- Most of the indigenous and invasive plants from our current biodiversity are used in our home made dyes.