Hemp was the first reason we founded RC. In school I was hearing about this concept called “sustainability” but not much more information was given. Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world but nothing was being done to change this. I began to do research and find information that wasn’t being taught in school.
Something that kept coming up in my research was Hemp. I immediately thought of marijuana but as I found more information I was quickly mistaken. It became very clear that hemp was merely a cousin of marijuana- it could not be smoked and it could not get you high. This was the first lesson I learned.
Hemp has been used for centuries- it has been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians. Americans used to be required to farm hemp! The government had farmers growing this great crop for the war efforts to make clothing, tents and rope for the military. It was even on our $10 bill! (The photo is of a farmer hulling hemp crop.)
Hemp has been outlawed in the US since The War on Drugs in 1970. It is classified the same as heroin and cocaine. This is very unfortunate for our farmers, our consumers and our economy.
Why and how is Hemp sustainable?
We compare hemp to traditional cotton and polyester- the most widely used fibers/materials in clothing. When compared to cotton, hemp uses half the amount of water to grow and produces twice as much cotton per acre. Hemp is also much more durable than cotton- making it perfect for long-lasting clothing and accessories. Hemp will not wear out, it will wear in and become more comfortable as time goes on. Cotton also uses 16% of the world’s pesticides, while hemp requires no such thing to grow. Polyester is the product of oil- the oil industry is the most polluting industry in the world? Need I say more?
Winner: Hemp. Nuff Said.
These are the reasons we choose to use hemp in our products- the durability, the sustainability and the long-term environmental advantages.