Hemp is a plant with quite the history in the US and even more misconceived perceptions about it. For the first 162 years of America’s existence, hemp was widely used. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grew up growing hemp, the first U.S Flag made by Betsy Ross was made of hemp, uniforms were made of hemp during World War 2, it was known as the classic American crop- up until it was banned to grow in the US after WW2.
Just to clear the smoke, hemp does not contain THC which is the drug responsible for marijuana’s side effects. Hemp and marijuana do grow from the same Cannabis Sativa plant and look similar, but definitely not the same.
Moving on to the hemp fabric, which is really all we’re concerned about, it’s an incredibly strong, durable fiber that grows quickly. Hemp clothing is great at holding its shape and will even get softer as it ages.
As the saying goes; “hemp doesn’t wear out, it wears in.”
Hemp is much more water-absorbent than cotton allowing for the color of hemp shirts not to fade.
And because we’ve become so water conscious for good reason lately, it’s great to know that this precious plant uses 1/20th the amount of water than cotton does to grow and process.
Another great reason to bring back hemp is because the roots of the plant grows deep into the earth to preserve the topsoil and subsoil from erosion and keeps the soil healthy for years to come without the need to rotate the crops like cotton needs to.
Marketing yourself as a company branded with organic, eco-friendly, made in the U.S.A apparel, gives you a unique opportunity to reach out to a growing number of people interested in these types of products. The demand for environmentally friendly products and apparel is only going to rise when more and more information continues to come out about how much we are damaging the earth with current production methods.
So come check out our hemp line and help bring back “America’s crop” one shirt at a time!