WHAT IS HEMP? Hemp is one of the first plants to be spun into fibre over 10,000 years ago. It is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products. Differing from Cannabis as a drug, Hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates its psychoactive effects when consumed.

HOW IS IS MADE? Firstly a machine splits the herd from the fibre. The decorticated fibre is then dyed. Chemicals and heat are added to help the process. It is then put through a roller and dried to create a consistency that can be woven or knitted according to fabric requirements.

WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE? Similar to a thick linen, hemp is durable and tough while soft on the skin and very breathable.

WHAT IS IT USED FOR? As a fibre, it was traditionally used for canvas (the word canvas derives from cannabis). Now used for clothing, accessories and homewares. Its other industrial uses include food, building material, paper, weed control and biofuel.

• Vegan (no animals are harmed in it’s making)
• Extremely durable making it’s long lasting
• Fast growing


Katie Gannon

After running an ethical fashion label for 5 years, I started this blog in 2007 after learning first hand about the importance of sustainability in fashion design. I am a passionate environmentalist and wish to promote individuals and organisations around the world working on innovative design. I have a BA in Communications / Media as well as a Cert IV in Clothing Production, and run my own graphic design company at www.katiegannon.com

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