Fiber - A Natural Solution
Hemp fiber is finally making it's way into the
fashion industry once
again for reasons too great to ignore. For centuries, this highly
versatile plant dominated the world of goods and now, after decades of
controversy, consumers are renewing it's endless potential. With the
ongoing threat of global warming, our very existence depends greatly on
the measures we take as a nation.
The fabric industry is a major contributor to the
pollution. The staggering amount of pesticides and insecticides used in
cotton fields alone are enough to cause serious damage to humans and
Millions of workers, including children are
exposed to these
toxics on a daily basis. These chemicals also wreak havoc in wildlife
habitats and disturbs the balance of life for all of us. If you can't
live without your comfortable tee-shirt, then buying certified organic
cotton is the way to go.
Some synthetic fibers are also culprits of the
effect. For example, nylon is a by-product of crude oil. As versatile
as this goop seems, it does more harm than good. Burning it releases
carbon dioxide into the atmosphere causing global warming and when oil
spills occur, it leaves a path of destruction for precious eco-systems.
Eventually, the petroleum well will dry up causing yet another crisis.
Fortunately, we have the means to curb the effects
chemicals by creating and using products which are made sustainable and
renewable sources which are gentle to humans, animals and the
Hemp fibers are much like cotton fibers, however,
times stronger. It is so absorbent that it may be used safely in
diapers for infants and adults.
Hemp is also a much heartier plant and has many
useful properties for the textile
industry. The fibers are naturally resistent to mold, mildew and other
forms of rot. Also, it barely succumbs to ultra violet light as most
other fibers would.
Hemp fibers, although not as soft as cotton, can
be used alone
or blended with other natural fibers for a superior finished product.
Products made from hemp are durable, long lasting
dye more easily than other fibers. Hemp has a porous nature, which
makes it cool to wear during warmer weather. It is also a good
insulator during winter months. Items made from hemp do not stretch out
of shape like many other natural fibers.
Hemp fibers are very versatile, as they provide
durability and are usable in a variety of products such as clothing,
shoes, jewelry, home furnishing, paper and crafts to name a few. In all
truthfulness, hemp has endured a bad name for the sake of politics,
with many of it's attributes hidden away from the public eye.
The hemp plant is extremely sustainable as it
maturation in 110 days or less. It needs no harsh chemicals, such as
pesticides, herbicides and fungicides to flourish. It is also capable
of producing more pulp per acre of ground compared to that of the
timber industry. An acre of hemp also absorbs 5 times more carbon
dioxide than an acre of forest.
Continuing to live on a status quo basis and
without the use of
hemp products serves as a great injustice to our world today. Hemp is
safely usable and would help encourage the growth of many wood products
which is continually being depleted.
Gone are the days when hemp fabrics were rough and
With new advances in the breeding of such plants, as well as the
processes that it must go through to create a softer fiber for weaving,
hemp is sizing up as fashion contender.