Hemp Basics - the fibre
Hemp fibre is stronger than synthetic fibre, insulates extremely well, protects from UV rays and fights mildew and bacteria in our sweat. This means your hemp garments stay fresher for longer and can actually biodegrade, which eliminates landfill. By far the most important aspect of hemp in clothing is that it does not leach micro-plastics onto your skin and into the environment during or after washing. At HCA we are already practicing the natural alternatives to micro-plastic shedding clothing and teaching others how to clean up their own industry.
Micro-plastics are tiny plastic pieces and particles which shed off garments and plastic items over time. These are byproducts of the petrochemical & synthetics industries we have come to adopt in our lives without much prior research. When synthetic materials are cleaned, damaged, put into landfill, discarded into waterways or the ocean, it all contributes to a huge global problem of mass pollution. The micro-plastic pollution in our waterways and oceans is causing harm to the environment and living organisms. We must cut down on all plastics or switch to bio-plastic alternatives and fully natural products. This brings us to the formation of Hemp Clothing Australia.
As a global society we have become accustomed to wearing synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester and unfortunately these fabrics are extremely damaging to the environment. Many industries use synthetics because they are cheap and easy to push in fast fashion frameworks. At HCA and around the globe we recognise this is not acceptable. If we have alternatives like hemp that can last longer and do not pollute the environment, then we must produce and utilise these materials. As the hemp and organics movement gains momentum, real change is enacted by demanding better responsibility from the clothing industry.
Our bread and butter at HCA is Hemp, natural and beautiful hemp, either 100% or blended with other natural organic materials with low to zero impact on the environment. We guarantee to keep our quality high and never cut corners on our production.
Hemp Basics - facts at a glance
You may already know:
It is incorrect to call hemp or cannabis 'marijuana or marihuana', those names were stolen from Spanish speaking countries who used those words to describe a particular rolled leaf cigarette.
30,000+ products can be made from hemp and more are being developed everyday.
Hemp is used in many existing industries such as housing, automotive, clothing, food, fibre and more.
'Cannabis is Hemp and Hemp is Cannabis' they are part of the same genus of plants.
Hemp is cultivated for industrial purposes, cannabis is cultivated for medicinal and social use.
Farmers have been growing hemp for thousands of years in China and other parts of Asia.
Cannabis was used throughout history as far back as ancient Egypt and the wider Middle East.
All cultivars of this genus are great for regenerating the earth and enhancing peoples lives.
It is one of the safest crops to grow in terms of yield per hectare and eco-friendliness.
All hemp and cannabis varieties remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
It can grow almost anywhere with stable temperatures while requiring very little water.
Industrial hemp crops are perfect for repairing damaged land.
Hemp acts as a natural filtration system particularly in agricultural settings.
Hemp can be used in disaster clean up zones to remove waste and pollution.
Indoor cannabis plantations are one of the fastest growing areas of medicine and urban agriculture.
Hemp Basics - history
We are aware hemp has been grown relatively unhindered for thousands of years by China and other parts of Asia and the Middle east. We are also aware of the beautiful and fine textiles these cultures created from the plant. Right through history entire fleets of sail ships blew in the wind using sails made from hemp. We discovered paper was made from hemp and even building structures were formed from its amazing natural properties. So it seemed like hemp would be a key crop forever due to its diversity and ease of cultivation. But something happened and it begs the question; why did it all come to an end and disappear from mainstream use?
During the late 1930's the hemp and cannabis industry was intentionally set upon and destroyed for multiple reasons. Hemp was largely removed from society for a period of about 80 years due to political, industrial and racial agendas.
The newspaper and paper mill industry wanted to make newspapers from trees while the hemp industry was far more efficient making paper from hemp. This meant hemp industry lost out to the paper mill industry due to the deep political ties of the newspaper industry and its prominent families.
The pharmaceutical industry originally championed cannabis treatments but over time sought removal of its use through legislation. Competing anti-cannabis pharmaceutical companies sought sales of non-cannabis treatments and thus wanted cannabis outlawed to increase profits.
Cannabis being a medicinal treatment and social use drug made it a target of racial orientated politics. Put simply, social rights groups could be broken apart by arresting members who happened to use cannabis socially. This meant governments could neutralise public unrest and protesters who were against their policies by locking up prominent social rights individuals. The specific disappearance of hemp is also due to the fact it was destroyed either intentionally or by mistake in cannabis removal operations linked to ongoing cannabis prohibition.
Learning from history
Hemp Clothing Australia is a modern, ethical clothing company but we also intend to educate the public about why it is important to bring back hemp. We are proud to be part of the movement of reintroducing hemp in an industrial clothing capacity. We encourage you to spread the word about this amazing plant and it's story.
Words by Hemp Clothing Australia
Disclaimer - The views and writings of Hemp Clothing Australia are based on readily available information and are in no way to be considered malicious toward any organisation, government, company or individual.