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Hemp can benefit many industries and can have a considerable impact on the sustainability of our world. One of those ways is through processing Hemp into textile sources.
Before the 1800s, Hemp was the go-to textile for clothing, ropes, and canvas. With the ease of the cotton gin and prohibition of cannabis in 1937, Hemp became a forgotten textile. Currently, our number one source for fabric is cotton. This is unfortunate because it is clear that Hemp is superior to cotton, and here are some reasons why:
- On average, one acre of Hemp can produce two to three times more fiber than one acre of cotton.
Hemp detoxifiesthe soil by removing harmful chemicals and pollutants while enrichingthe soil with nitrogen and oxygen. Cotton takes a tremendous tollon the soil.
- Nearly 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides come from the cotton industry, which bleeds into
our soil, rivers, and streams. Hemp can grow with fewer chemicals, or many times, none at all.
- Hemp needs one-third of the water that cotton needs to grow.
- Hemp is three to eight times stronger than cotton (depending on how it is processed). Hemp textile products will last longer.
- Hemp textile breathes exceptionally well, is moisture absorbent, UV protectant, and anti-bacterial.