We chose to use hemp (Cannabis sativa) in our collections for its multiple properties and benefits for the planet. Hemp is a durable and resistant material, it is also insulating, thermoregulating and absorbs humidity. On top of that, hemp is breathable and naturally protects from UV rays. Finally, it has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which helps fight against bad odors.
But where does our hemp come from? How does it grow?
The hemp we use comes from China, especially from the province of Heilongjiang, in the east of the country. It is a very sunny region which allows a very fast growth of the plant (about 120 days). Moreover, growing hemp does not generate any pollution, because the plant does not require any chemical input or artificial watering, which makes it a naturally ecological material.
After harvesting, the hemp fiber is separated from the rest of the plant and processed into yarn. The yarn we use for our T-shirts and sweaters is a combination of hemp fiber (30%) and organic cotton (70%), but it can also be mixed with recycled polyester.
(30%) and organic cotton (70%), but it can also be mixed with recycled polyester. Once the yarn is ready, it is used to make the fabric. The fabric is then dyed and used to make the garments.
The characteristics of the fabric
It is important to know that a fabric containing hemp will be slightly different from a fabric made exclusively of cotton or synthetic fibers. Indeed, hemp yarn is very resistant but can also be
but can also be rougher. For this reason, it is often mixed with organic cotton, a softer fiber that makes the garment softer.
Visually, a fabric containing hemp will have natural irregularities, specific to this material. Its aspect and touch are different from pure cotton but are not less soft. For example, small hairs may appear on the fabric. They are not lint and they will not become more numerous with time. On the contrary, hemp is very resistant to this phenomenon!
How to take care of your hemp clothes?
As with most clothes made from natural and organic fibers, it is recommended to wash hemp at low temperatures (30 or 40 degrees). This will not only prevent damage to the clothes but also save energy. In addition, by using ecological washing products, we also minimize our impact on the environment. Indeed, detergents can be very polluting when they contain non-biodegradable substances or perfumes.