Cannabis has been grown and used for thousands of years.
Cannabidiol (CBD) one of +120 known molecules called cannabinoids is found within, extracted from the cannabis plant.
Hemp, a version of cannabis whereby the main cannabinoid is CBD is in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest cultivated crop.
George Washington, the first president of the U.S., grew the plant on his farm to make products such as sail canvases and rope.
The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) even have evidence of a recipe from the 12th century for hemp porridge.
Today, one of the World’s biggest polluters is the garment industry where 20 percent of freshwater pollution is caused by the garment industry.
In the mainstream clothing market, cotton is one of the most used materials however cotton still requires large amounts of water to farm and make into a garment.
It takes 2,700 litres of water to make an average cotton shirt.
Hemp, by comparison requires just 918 litres of water to make a similar shirt.
Hemp requires less water, no chemicals and can be produced in large quantities. It is strong, feels and looks like linen and does not release microplastics when washed such as polyester. Currently, more than 30 percent of the microplastics in the oceans come from clothes.
In the UK farmers need a special license to grow hemp and hemp is a very versatile plant that does not require a consistently warm climate to grow. Lower transport costs are another important factor. Transporting cotton from Asia or Europe to the UK has a far greater carbon footprint than growing and producing hemp-based fabric, garments in the UK.
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