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How Sustainable is Hemp?


Aside from being a super fabric and being incredibly versatile with many other uses, hemp is a real wonder crop. Below we have covered four main areas where hemp proves over and above to be the sustainable option when compared to the competition. If you are wondering how to help the planet, consider some of these facts on hemp. 

 

REQUIRES LESS WATER

70% of freshwater consumed each year is due to agriculture. Hemp needs less water (<50%) compared to cotton due to its higher growth efficiency. This means a higher amount of hemp fibre in clothing translates to more water saved. 

 

USES FEWER CHEMICALS THAN COTTON, RESULTING IN CLEANER WATERWAYS

The fashion industry uses 15-25% of the world's chemicals, and this is due in large part to cotton. Due to its fast growth, hemp does not need herbicides for its cultivation. Hemp also has more resistance against pathogens compared to cotton. Which means growing hemp without using pesticides is much more common than in cotton cultivation. Cultivating without herbicides and pesticides is keeping our groundwater and waterways clean, also resulting in less contaminated fabrics on your skin.

 

REQUIRES LESS LAND

The world's forests are being cleared for agriculture at an alarming rate. Using more efficient crops means using less farmland and thus lowering the demand for more cleared land. Due to its fast growth rate, hemp can be cultivated up to three times per year on a single field. During one of those grow cycles, the fibre production of hemp is around 250% higher compared to cotton. Growing hemp saves space for natural vegetation and pristine nature.

 

HEMP TAKES FEWER MICRONUTRIENTS, LEAVING THE LAND BETTER FOR FUTURE CROPS

Soil nutrients are like any other resource; they can be overused and become ineffective or completely desolate. Hemp can grow on low fertile soils because it only needs a relatively small amount of micronutrients. As such, hemp requires less fertilisation compared to other crops used for fibre. These strengths make hemp an excellent rotation crop.