We have grown up hearing that cotton is the all American fabric, the fabric of our lives, yet hemp fibers are actually better.
Are those fightin’ words? Perhaps, but let’s examine the facts.
|Plants Producing Hemp Fibers||Plants Producing Cotton Fibers|
|Hemp plants require less water to grow, thrive and produce.
|Cotton can take more than 20,000 liters (5,000 gallons) of water to produce 1kg (2 pounds) of cotton, the equivalent of a single T-shirt and pair of jeans. As one of the most “thirsty” crops, cotton is heavily irrigated and is depleting our limited freshwater sources.*|
|Hemp is far more ecologically friendly requiring less land and fewer pesticides.
|Cotton uses 16% of the world’s pesticides. Unsafe use of chemicals severely impacts ecosystems that receive run-off from farms, decreasing animal fertility and freshwater biodiversity.|
|Hemp fibers are far more durable and actually soften over time rather than disintegrating like cotton. Perfect for clothes, commercial ropes and canvas.
|Unlike cotton, hemp holds its strength when wet, and it also possesses anti-bacterial properties.|
*Information from Leafly.
If you haven’t downloaded your free ebook from Hemp, Inc. yet, you will want to do that today. Here is just a snippet from the book that provides insights into hemp:
- Hemp does not require herbicides or pesticides.
- Hemp can be grown in a wide range of latitudes and altitudes.
- Hemp replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, making it an excellent rotational crop
- Hemp controls erosion of the topsoil.
- Hemp converts CO2 to oxygen better than trees.
- Hemp produces more oil than any other crop, and can be used for food, fuel, lubricants, soaps, etc.
- Hemp nut is a very healthy food, It’s high in omega oils and is the highest protein crop (after soybean)
- Hemp can be used for making plastics, including car parts.
- Hemp makes paper more efficiently and ecologically than wood, requiring no chemical glues.
- Hemp can be used to make fiberboard.
- Hemp can be used to make paint.
- Hemp can produce bio-fuel and ethanol (better than corn).
- Hemp can be grown more than once per year.
- Hemp fibers can make very strong rope and textiles.
Cotton has served us well during the last several decades while industrial hemp was illegal to grow in this country. But times, they are a changin’ baby and we need to change with them. We now have an option and hemp fibers are the way of the future.
Stay tuned for more information about hemp fibers, hemp plants and hemp farming.