Many people ask me what Hemp is and why we chose hemp for our baby product line. Well, hemp (Cannabis sativa) is a strong woody plant similar to Flax or Ramie that is harvested for its fibers as well as for its seeds. Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop, producing more fiber yield per acre than any other source. For example, Hemp can produce 250% more fiber that cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land. Hemp is anti-microbial and highly resistant to insects. It NEVER requires the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
As a fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of a natural textile but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. Hemp is extremely versatile and can be used for countless products such as apparel, accessories, shoes, furniture, upholstery, paper and cosmetics. Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Products made from hemp will outlast their competition by many years and will look good after many washes. Hemp blended with other fabrics such as cotton or silk easily incorporates the desirable qualities of both textiles. That is why for our Organic Stroller Blankets and Organic Baby Sleeping Sacks we use a blend of hemp and organic cotton that provides our customers with the soft elasticity of cotton and the natural strength of hemp.
With so many uses and the potential of being legalized, we think that hemp textiles are the wave of the future. We were thrilled to discover that beyond its superior properties as a fabric hemp has distinguished environmental advantages.
Interesting historical facts about Hemp:
Humans have cultivated hemp longer than any other textile fiber.
Archaeologists have unearthed hemp fabric in China that is over 10,000 years old.
Hemp played a key role in the early days of the United States:
Betsy Ross made the first American flag from hemp fabric.
The Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were hemp farmers.
The first two drafts of the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution were written on hemp paper.
Levi Strauss made the first pair of jeans from lightweight hemp canvas.
Until the late 1800's, virtually all of our clothes and paper were made from hemp.
Interested in reading more?
A few good links are http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp, http://naihc.org/hemp_information/hemp_facts.html