APR 05, 2023 5:21 AM PDT

Why Hemp Is Used to Make Clothing

WRITTEN BY: Helaine Krysik

Hemp, the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, has many industrial uses, one of which is to make clothing. It’s a popular fabric choice for several reasons, including the following:

Durability: Hemp fibers are strong and durable, making them an ideal choice for clothing that needs to withstand wear and tear. The fabric is resistant to mold, mildew, and UV light, becoming softer and more comfortable after each laundry cycle.

Sustainability: Hemp is a highly sustainable crop that requires less water and fewer pesticides than crops such as cotton. Hemp is a high yield crop, as it grows quickly, and it can be harvested multiple times per year.

Hemp fabric can also be recycled and biodegraded at the end of its lifespan, making it an eco-friendly choice for clothing, as well as affordable.

Versatility: Hemp fabric can be used to make a wide range of clothing styles, ranging from t-shirts to formal dresses. It can also be blended with other natural fibers such as cotton or silk to create a softer texture.

Comfort: Hemp fabric is highly breathable and absorbent, which makes it comfortable to wear in warm weather. It also has natural anti-bacterial properties that help to prevent odors.

Resistant to bacteria: Hemp is naturally resistant to bacteria, making it a good choice for people with sensitive skin or allergies.

Resistant to UV rays: Hemp is naturally resistant to UV rays, making it a good choice for outdoor activities, particularly in sunny regions of the country.

Overall, hemp offers many benefits as a clothing fabric choice. As hemp and cannabis grow in mainstream acceptance and popularity, more consumers may become aware of its advantages. There are not many fabric choices on the market that check all the boxes for affordability, durability, affordability, and environmentally friendly.


Sources: University of Florida, University of Virginia, Molecules

About the Author
Bachelor's (BA/BS/Other)
Helaine is a cannabis industry writer and marketing consultant. She has been active in the Illinois cannabis industry since 2020, and writes for a variety of national publications.
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