Buying durable, long-wearing clothing is better for the environment, and that’s one of the characteristics that makes hemp clothing so green. Clothing that lasts many years reduces the need for replacing garments frequently and thereby conserves natural resources and, minimizes the amount of waste going to landfills.
Textile waste is a huge problem around the world, and our modern day drive to consume ever more clothing is stimulating growth in this waste sector across the planet. Consider, for instance, that in Hong Kong alone they discard 253 tons of textiles every single day. In California, textile waste has actually increased from 330,000 tons in 1999 to 506,000 tons today, which is a staggering increase of 53% in just 12 years! This trend can be seen in cities across the world, with one of the reasons being the growth of junk clothing being marketed for cheap to consumers.
So many of today’s garments are made to low-quality standards from fabrics that wear quickly. But with organic clothing produced from hemp, the quality of the fibers should rarely be a concern. That’s because, when tested for durability, strength, mildew and rot resistance, and elasticity, hemp outshines its competition every time. Here are some of the reasons for hemp’s amazing resilience:
Strength: When compared to cotton, hemp always wins. Industrial hemp fibers are the longest natural fibers around and have been found to be four times more durable than cotton. Hemp also has a tensile strength eight times that of cotton fibers.
Durability: Hemp fabrics have a high abrasion resistance so they wear very well over time. They also have excellent tear resistance.
Mildew resistance: One of the things that breaks down fibers over times is mildew and rot. But hemp has been used in the shipping industry for centuries because of its ability to resist such environmental processes.
UV resistance: The sun not only breaks down fibers, it also dulls the look of a fabric, causing consumers to trade in faded clothing for new garments sooner than they would have if the fabric had maintained its luster. Hemp does not have this problem as it is naturally UV resistant, which means it’s also healthier for the wearer.
Blendability: Hemp can also be blended with other natural fibers such as cotton, silk, and linen, and in so doing imparts its strength to these other fibers. This helps to boost the durability of other textiles without changing the softness or quality.
Sure, replacing your entire wardrobe with all new fashions every season may be cheaper than ever given the bargain basement prices in many stores, but what becomes of all those garments you throw away? In the landfill, they take up space, decompose creating greenhouse gas emissions, and are simply a waste of the earth’s resources. Regardless of the organic clothing you choose to buy, look for quality. And if you really want a long wearing eco-garment, choose hemp for the best results.
Article From: Adrian Desbarats