At Yeah Life we can’t get enough of hemp clothing. It ticks so many boxes for us when it comes to preserving our beautiful planet. It’s also durable and healthy, an awesome combination when it comes to sustainable kids wear.
We understand that as the hemp clothing movement grows, people are gonna have a few questions. So we’ll answer some of these below and hopefully shine a light on the benefits of this eco-friendly fibre!
Is Hemp Good for Skin?
If your kid has sensitive skin or allergies, you’ll love the anti-microbial properties of hemp. It’s scientifically proven to resist harmful bacteria and fungal strains, so say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to natural hypoallergenic qualities! The amazing thing is clothing only needs to consist of 15% hemp to provide these health benefits.
Hemp also protects the delicate skin of your child by filtering out harmful UV rays. So, yeah, hemp is definitely good for skin!.
Is Hemp Clothing Durable?
Not only is it durable, but eco-friendly hemp clothing also breathes beautifully and is really soft on the skin.
What Pesticides are Used to Grow Hemp?
Zero. Zilch. Nada. We’ve talked to a lot of farmers in Australia and they all love growing hemp because it doesn’t require any chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. They’re not putting anything toxic into the environment when they grow hemp, because thanks to the hardy nature of the plant it resists most pests.
This means beneficial micro-organisms in the soil survive, while humans and animals are exposed to less harmful chemicals.
Does Hemp Use a Lot of Water to Grow?
As hemp production increases, mother earth slowly breathes a sigh of relief. Hemp is super-efficient when it comes to water consumption, only needing about 50% of the water cotton requires. Less irrigation is required, so less energy is used for pumping and transporting water. Energy is conserved and pollution is prevented… those are big wins in our book.
What are the Effects of Hemp on the Soil?
Planet earth is suffering, with commercial agriculture causing more widespread soil degradation and erosion every year. Hemp isn’t any commercial crop though. It actively improves soil, restoring pH levels and binding particles together to prevent erosion. It can thrive in land considered unsuitable for other crops, regenerating and purifying the soil.
It’s Good for the Soil, but is Hemp Good for the Air?
A hemp bush is one big natural purifier, sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and leaving cleaner air for the planet to enjoy. While all plants do this (its called ‘carbon sequestration’), hemp is just way more efficient. In fact, just one hectare of hemp will remove between 10 and 22 tonnes of carbon dioxide out the atmosphere.
Does Hemp Contain Petrochemicals?
Nope. Just pure natural plant fibres from the stem of the hemp plant. No synthesised chemicals. Nothing synthetic actually, so it doesn’t contain or shed micro-plastics.
What About the Ol’ Hemp Stigma?
It’s unfortunate but true, hemp has had something of a bad rap over the last few decades. There’s a definite stigma to it, but as awareness of its benefits grow and education persists, the stigma is fading. It’s important to clarify that industrial hemp simply won’t get you high. Hemp has zero psychoactive components.
Does Hemp Have Uses Other Than Sustainable Clothing?
Hemp is a renewable, carbon-neutral resource that grows fast and can be harvested three times a year. This super plant has many more uses other than kids sustainable clothing and is found in a number of different industries. In construction, hemp insulates roofs and plasters walls and floors while hemp bricks literally build houses. It can be used to make plastic, wood and rope. Hemp oil can be used as a wood varnish or a surface sealant.