Hemp is a renewable and biodegradable resource.
It grows quickly without the need for pesticides or fertilizers, reducing water use compared to other textile crops such as cotton. Hemp can usually be grown using only rainfall & uses 1/20th of the water for the same kilo of output versus cotton. It is also more durable than other fabrics, meaning it needs to be purchased and replaced less. In fact, hemp gets softer the more often it is washed. Hemp plants also help to improve soil health by helping to prevent soil erosion, whist absorbing carbon dioxide & releasing oxygen into the air. Their deep root system helps keep the soil in place and stops it from washing away. Plus, hemp does not strip the soil of nutrients like cotton, meaning it can be grown on the same piece of land consecutively for decades, reducing the need for deforestation.
Fashion is the 3rd most polluting industry on the planet.
We believe that if we all switched just one clothing purchase this year from cotton or polyester to hemp, it would be the beginning of a textile revolution that would take the fashion industry from the 3rd most polluting industry on the planet towards one that is good for both the planet and its people.
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"