Everyone knows that oil can be bad for the environment, from the thick black toxicity on the oceans resulting from oil spills to its byproducts spewed from the back of our cars. We may not even realize it but we are inhaling those harmful toxins and dirt every day! The clothing industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, giving us fashionable clothing made from synthetic fabrics that continue to damage the environment in various ways.
This is what triggered a group of people to establish a clothing company that’s dedicated to teaching people about the hemp’s sustainability and its endless benefits. The company also sells products that allow for affordable and sustainable outdoor wear.
Clothing industries process their products in three main phases and all stages contribute to pollution; cultivation, production, and disposal. In all these aspects, hemp is truly a viable solution.
Reduces Carbon and Water Waste During Cultivation
Almost 40% of the products produced in the clothing industry are made of cotton, which is one of the biggest contributors to pollution. Furthermore, 24% of the world’s pesticides and 11% of the insecticides go to the cultivation of cotton. Both chemicals are dangerous and could seep to local waterways that could possibly contaminate our drinking water.
On the other hand, hemp is a type of plant that’s naturally resistant to pests and will not require the use of harmful chemicals during cultivation. Furthermore, hemp is highly versatile and could grow in almost any type of climate even with only a small amount of water. In fact, hemp needs only half of the amount of water that’s used for growing cotton.
Doesn’t Require Fossil Fuel to Make
58% of the textiles around the world are made from synthetic fabrics, which are produced using fossil fuels. The polyester alone is responsible for burning more than 70,000,000 barrels of oil each year and this number is expected to continuously increase.
Although the production of hemp fibers is not any different from cotton in terms of energy use, the C02 that’s generated during the process of cultivation is almost enough to offset the emitted C02 during the production phase.
Each time the synthetic fabrics are washed, the microfibers get drained to the ocean and this damages the marine wildlife. Not only that but the synthetic materials could linger in the landfills for hundreds of years. It’s been said that an average American is said to be throwing up to 65 pounds of clothing each year and this could present a large problem for the environment.
As a natural fiber, hemp decomposes in only a matter of months. Furthermore, since the fiber is free from harmful chemicals, you also have the option to compost it in your backyard bin.
Aside from its sustainable benefits and minimal carbon footprint, hemp has an extremely beneficial natural advantage over other forms of textile. This is what makes hemp to be the most durable and sustainable fabric.