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Ever wanted to learn more about hemp clothing? Hemp clothing can be both stylish and sustainable and prAna’s hemp clothing line is amazing!
I’ll be honest, when I first learned about hemp being used as a material for clothing, I thought a few things:
I thought it would look too “hippie” and crunchy
I thought there’s no way that it can be a soft material
I thought that the colors would be bland
I associated hemp with like those necklaces I bought from the beach in middle school with conch shells or my name in beads on them…
I thought of hemp as like the hemp you find in that “hemp lotion” you get at the drugstore
I thought of hemp as… well… you know, connected to an illegal drug
Look, I’m just being honest. I’m not saying any of these things are true… I am fully admitting these are common myths around hemp as a fabric, but I’m just sharing what I’d thought at some point or another. I’m sure I’m not alone!
As I have learned so much more about the sustainable and ethical fashion industry over the past few years, I’ve heard people over and over tout the benefits of hemp and rave about it as a fabric. Admittedly, it wasn’t until recently that I learned more about WHY hemp clothing is awesome and actually got to experience hemp clothing for the first time.
Hemp doesn’t shed micro-plastics into our water supply when it is being made into fabric
Hemp requires zero fossil fuels to make
Hemp is bio-degradable
Hemp naturally filters UV light, so it’s good for protecting your skin
Hemp provides jobs since it harvested and processed entirely by hand – so it employs lots of farmers!
Unlike cotton which can deplete the soil of much-needed nutrients, hemp can be grown over and over for more than twenty years without the soil ever being affected.
Hemp is naturally antimicrobial which means your clothes will stay cleaner longer and they won’t harbor odor-causing bacteria!
Hemp absorbs and releases perspiration quickly and breathes well – it also is a “cooler” fabric so it won’t make you hot in the summertime, but it also WILL keep you warm in the winter. It’s amazing!
Hemp takes dye easily and retains color well – making hemp clothing vibrant!
Hemp is very durable and holds up to repeated washings and never needs dry cleaning. It’s 4x stronger than cotton!
Hemp resists mold and mildew.
Hemp grows softer and softer, the more that it is washed and worn.
Isn’t that amazing?! The more I learn about hemp as a sustainable material, the more I am an advocate for it being used!
One of my favorite ethical and sustainable fashion brands that is no stranger to this blog, prAna, has an awesome line of hemp clothing!
This is an awesome video that explains why hemp is an incredibly soft and sustainable material to be used in clothing:
This chambray-like button-up hemp tunic is amazing! I love that I can wear it with leggings (it’s definitely long enough to cover the bum), but I can also tie it in the front and style it differently. It’s a very thick, sturdy material, but the hemp doesn’t make it feel hot.
This hemp dress is SO comfortable and can be styled different ways to wear year-round. I can wear it with a denim jacket, or with tights and boots, or on it’s own with wedges. It’s so versatile!