What is it?
Hemp is the sober and less intoxicating cousin of marijuana. It has a long history of being used in the production of materials across the globe and traditionally being associated with maritime trades through its use in clothing ropes and sails. The word canvas is even thought to derive from the word cannabis!
As you may now have guessed hemp is a naturally occuring fibre that is produced with minimal environmental impact. This is because the weed grows so densely that it 'chokes' competing species and so does not require use of GMO, pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. Even better hemp production helps to prevent soil loss through restoring vital nutrients to the soil and preventing erosion.
Finally hemp is double as space efficient as other naturally occuring fibres such as cotton making it a far kinder material to the planet.
How is it made?
Industrial hemp production is illegal in many parts of the world and as a result most industrial hemp comes from China.
A process called retting strips long strands of fibre from the bark and then spins them together to create a long thread that can then be woven to create fabric.
Although traditionally an organic material many modern methods of hemp production involve harsh chemicals which pollute waterways and contaminate natural environments.
Other processes involved in creating the end fabric can result in environmental damage. At TYF we only work with brands that have a clear supply chain and that can guarantee low environmental impact.
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