Our mission at Hempstitch is to make beautiful-quality hemp clothing accessible to everyone.
Nature lovers based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, the team at Hempstitch knows more than most about the fragility of Australia’s ecosystems. Through bushfires, storms, flooding rains, king tides & rapidly changing climate we will continue to live, create employment opportunities within and cherish this part of the world and its glorious biodiversity for decades to come. We believe that we are born to be stewards of the earth, and we are passionate about leaving our planet a little better than we found it. With textiles accounting for 10% each year of all carbon emissions, we know that through conscious clothing choices, we can make a difference.
Modern hemp is soft
Modern hemp fabrics utilize modern production techniques, making them soft & comfortable. They get softer the more often you wash them, and hemp’s virtually unmatched durability means that they can be washed again and again without fading or losing their shape.
Hemp is breathable & odor resistant
Hemp clothing is highly breathable, allowing air to circulate freely around the body. This means that you won't have to worry about sweat and odor staying trapped against your skin, so you can stay comfortable all day long. Additionally, hemp fabric is naturally resistant to odors, meaning that it doesn't need to be treated with any chemical sprays or perfumes. Hemp's natural properties allow it to absorb and wick away sweat so you can stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
Hemp is anti-bacterial, anti-microbial & hypoallergenic
Hemp fabric is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, meaning that it won't harbor bacteria or other microorganisms. This property makes hemp fabric a great choice for those who suffer from allergies, breakouts or sensitive skin. It’s also resistant to dust mites and other pollutants, so you can rest assured that your clothing won't be prone to irritants.
Hemp is thermo-regulating
Thanks to its natural insulating properties, hemp fabric is able to help regulate your body temperature. This means that it can keep you warm in cold temperatures and cool in hot temperatures, making it the perfect material for when comfort is key.
Rather than using the planet’s resources, hemp gives back more than it takes. From enriching the soil, to absorbing carbon dioxide, it’s hard to argue; Hemp is the future of fashion.
Hemp is durable
Buy better, buy less. Hemp fabric is incredibly durable, making it an ideal choice for those who are looking for clothing that can stand up to wear and tear. It can withstand repeated washings and drying cycles without losing its shape or colour.
Hemp is mould & mildew resistant
Hemp fabric is naturally resistant to mold and mildew, making it a great choice for those who are looking for clothing that won't be easily damaged or discolored by moisture. This also makes it an ideal material for outdoor activities such as camping or hiking, as you don't have to worry about your clothes becoming damp in bad weather.
Hemp can be grown without pesticides or herbicides
Hemp is a naturally resilient plant that does not require the use of pesticides or herbicides to be grown. Instead of pesticides and herbicides which can end up in groundwater, disturbing insect populations & the ecosystems that depend on them, hemp is usually grown using natural compost.
Hemp requires less water than other crops
Hemp requires much less water to grow than other crops. It takes 1/20th of the water to grow a kilo of hemp versus a kilo of cotton. In fact, hemp can usually be grown utilizing only rain water.
Crop yields for hemp are higher than for other crops
Not only does hemp take less time to grow than other crops, growing to maturity in as little as 70 days, it also produces three times the fiber per acre versus cotton.
Hemp is biodegradable
Once it’s reached the end of its usefulness, hemp fabric will break down over time, meaning that it can be disposed of in an eco-friendly way. It’s even compostable. 60% of all clothing produced annually is made from synthetic textiles derived from oil; essentially, plastics. Plastics don’t break down and synthetic fabrics release microplastics into the air and into our waterways whenever they are washed or worn. Plastics that eventually end up being ingested by humans.
Hemp replenishes the soil & prevents soil erosion
Hemp's strong root system helps to hold soil together and prevent erosion. Erosion can lead to soil degradation and reduce its ability to retain moisture and nurture crops. Hemp is also known to aerate soil and replenish its nutrients, meaning that it can be used in rotation with other plants that may have depleted the land of important minerals and vitamins. It even actus as a natural fertilizer once harvested. This helps ensure that the soil remains fertile for generations to come.
Hemp absorbs carbon dioxide
Hemp has a very high rate of carbon sequestration. This means that it can absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than other plants. The carbon that is absorbed by hemp helps to reduce atmospheric pollution, which benefits both human health and the environment.
Hempstitch is a proud member of 1% for the planet.
One Percent for the Planet is an international organization whose members contribute at least one percent of their annual revenue to environmental causes to protect the environment. The aim is to offer accountability, prevent greenwashing and "certify reputable giving"