Levi jeans were originally made from hemp sailcloth, for goldminers in California, who would fill their pockets with gold.Before Levi’s first invented the 501s, their iconic jeans were actually crafted from hemp.
Labelled a "mop-crop", industrial hemp can be used to clean up metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil, and toxins leaching from landfills. Hemp and it's phytoremediative properties can also be used to remove radioactive elements from the soil, having demonstrated the ability to decontaminate toxic soils in Chernobyl in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster.
The average person consumes 250 grams of microplastics each year, the equivalent of one credit card per week.
A new study, commissioned by the WWF and carried out by the microplastics research team at the University of Newcastle, has found that the global average of microplastic ingestion could be as high as five grams a week per person, which is the equivalent of eating a teaspoon of plastic — or a credit card — every week.
Hemp clothing is actually very soft and it keeps getting softer over time. The more hemp is worn, the softer it gets: wearing in, not out. Hemp thrives on regular use and washing, which improves its natural lustre and feel. Hemp sheds a natural microscopic layer of plant fibre each time it's washed, which exposes a fresh surface, allowing hemp to retain its sleek sheen.
Jack Herer (1939–2010), often called the "Emperor of Hemp", was a cannabis rights activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book frequently cited in efforts to decriminalise and legalise cannabis and to expand the use of hemp for industrial use.
Did you know in 1904 the T-Shirt was originally marketed at bachelors who couldn't sew or replace buttons.
In 1904, the Cooper Underwear Company ran a magazine ad announcing a new product for bachelors. In the 'before' photo, an embarrassed man he has lost all the buttons on his undershirt and has safety-pinned it together. In the 'after' photo, a gentleman sports a handlebar mustache smokes a cigar and wears a “bachelor undershirt” stretchy enough to be pulled over the head. “No safety pins — no buttons — no needle — no thread,” ran the slogan aimed at men with no wives and no sewing skills.
Once upon a time, cannabis and humulus (commonly known as hops; one of the main ingredients in beer) were the same plant. About 27 million years ago, cannabis and hops diverged from their common ancestor and evolved as separate botanical species.
For centuries painters such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Gainsborough created their classic works on hemp canvases using hemp based paints
For centuries, painters including masters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Gainsborough, were known to have done most of their classic works using oil paints which contained a hemp oil base on hemp linen canvases. (Did you know the word 'canvas' is derived from the word 'cannabis'?)
Hemp's high resistance to degradation from salt water and sunlight, and its natural UV protection makes hemp clothing perfect for the sun and sea. This high resistance to rotting and superior strength led to hemp's premier use in marine fittings throughout history.
Did you know in 1941 Henry Ford made a car constructed from hemp and designed to run on hemp bio-fuel?
Following a decade of researching and building, Henry Ford unveiled his car 'grown from the soil' in 1941, constructed of resin-stiffened hemp fibre, with an engine built to run on hemp fuel.
Hemp is an ancient plant that has been cultivated for millennia. It's suggested that the weaving of hemp fibre began over 10,000 years ago. It's suggested that the use of wild hemp dates as far back as 8000 BC, with archaeologists having found remnant hemp cloth and rope dating back to this time period from ancient Mesopotamia.
Worldwide, conventionally-grown cotton production utilises approximately 25% of the world's total insecticides and 10% of the world's pesticides, although only grown on 3% of the world's crop-based agricultural land. Each year cotton producers around the world use nearly $2.6billion worth of pesticides. "Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture" (Pesticide Action Network North America).
We frequently talk of single-use plastics and the current worldwide efforts to reduce the use of these plastic products which end up in our oceans, but as we seek solutions to the issue of plastic pollution, we need to acknowledge that our clothing is a major part of the problem.
Deforestation is increasing across the planet at an alarming rate. Research suggests that the rate of deforestation is equivalent to a loss of approximately 48 football fields every minute, adding up to an area equivalent to the size of Italy each year (Global Forest Watch, 2017).
Hemp is an ancient plant that has been cultivated for thousands of years. Up until the 1920s hemp was a commodity of significant economic and social value. Hemp was the desired fibre to manufacture clothing, rope, canvas and paper – 80% of all textiles were made with hemp. Similarly, hemp paper was the main medium for the spreading of literary, philosophical and scientific texts of these early times.
Not only does hemp rehabilitate and enrich the soil with nitrogen and oxygen, restore pH levels and combat erosion, industrial hemp can also naturally clean and detoxify soils that are contaminated with toxic substances and pollutants. Called 'phytoremediation', industrial hemp has a very high capability to absorb heavy metals like lead, nickel, cadmium, zinc and chromium.