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What Is Hemp Cloth, Sustainable Fashion’s New Favourite Material?

by Toni Olukiran

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With fast fashion as popular as ever, there have been efforts to find sustainable, environmentally friendly fabrics that can be used across the industry. So what is hemp cloth, and is it truly sustainable?

From lyocell to linen, the fashion world has been looking for ways to move away from plastics and less eco-friendly materials in favour of organic and sustainable fabrics. Hemp clothing has been a key player in many sustainable fashion brands that are on the rise, so let’s break down what it is exactly. 

What is hemp cloth?

Hemp cloth is a type of material derived from the cannabis sativa plant, and it has actually been historically used by many cultures for thousands of years. Though now a well-known fabric in smaller sustainable fashion brands, the first-ever pair of Levi’s jeans made in 

Why is hemp a sustainable fabric?

Hemp is a sustainable fabric for a number of reasons:

  • It uses much less water than cotton — around 50% less
  • It also uses a smaller landmass than cotton. Hemp is a plant that grows very densely, so it grows in a more efficient way in terms of landmass, making it more sustainable
  • It is gentle on soil, returning around 70% of the nutrients it takes from soil.

This makes it a good sustainable fabric, as its growth is sustainable, and from organic farmers, it is gentle on the environment. 

For our favourite sustainable fashion brands, this should be your next read.

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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