Hemp is a taboo in many countries. But Justin Petty is here to show that nothing can be completely evil. Hemp fiber is a sustainable fiber which can solve our fashion industry’s environmental woes.
We come across things which sometimes boggle our mind and sometimes make us wonder “why did we ever stop using this ancient yet sustainable thing!”. Today we are featuring one such organization- Recreator that has reclaimed what is one of the biggest no-no of this era. We will surprise you with the positive effects and applications of the most sustainable fiber ever!
Recreator was founded with the intention of maximizing the beneficial effects of industrial hemp on the globe by featuring hemp fiber in our apparel line. We ensure that the hemp we source from the farmers and processors to develop new methods to grow and mill hemp fabrics stateside–from international market is produced with sound ecological principles, while we work with U.S. Seed to Stitch.
Hemp better than other fibers
One of the clearest points to be made about hemp fabric is its ability to provide the performance of synthetics without sacrificing the gentle feel of cotton.
As it happens, this class of plant fibers produces some the strongest and most durable items from the natural world. The hemp fiber has a relative tensile strength beyond that of principal vegetal fibers—about twice that of cotton. This fact offers a range of industrial applications: twine and rope, home insulation, paper, molding, carpet, textiles, hempcrete, super-polymers and on the list goes.
From the aspect of clothing, each fiber’s naturally catacombed airflow system helps the wearer stay warm in cold weather and cool in tropical environments.
Car companies like BMW use hemp to reinforce door panels for better safety standards and lighter weight.
”Hemp fibers come from the outside of the
plant stalk, so they’re often referred to as bast fibers.”
When it comes to natural fibers, hemp requires far fewer chemicals and less water to grow than conventional cotton. Hemp plants and building materials also sequester huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Recreator hemp fabrics are soft, breathable and odor-resistant while wicking away moisture. The climate-responsive, UV proHemp fibers come from the outside of the plant stalk, so they’re often referred to as bast fibers.
tective and antimicrobial properties of hemp speak to it being highly evolved for recreational use. For Recreator, making great clothes starts with the best fiber on Earth. Sow the Seeds®
Although its feel is unique, hemp wears most similar to linen, but without sacrificing performance qualities sometimes associated with synthetics. In terms of comfort and fashion, the fabric has completely evolved beyond the “burlap-ish” clothing of the 90’s, as validated by hemp-curious fashion magnates like Armani and Calvin Klein.
“A gravesite discovered in far western China
(dated to 700 CE) reveals hemp fiber was also
a durable resource for weaving sandals and shoes in the area.”
The Chinese have not been faced with over regulation of Cannabis, as has the U.S. They have millennia of experience with the plant. Currently, we import the vast majority of our fabric PFD from China to California. Here we begin the local production of garments that are low-impact dyed, cut & sewn by human hands in downtown Los Angeles.
Prohibition of Cannabis by the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act decimated a once flourishing hemp textile industry in America. Since that time, limited hemp farming and production have occurred on U.S. soil. The good news for U.S. hemp advocates is the 2014 Farm Bill legalized hemp research, so states can begin to recover a forgotten base of agricultural knowledge.
“Cultural use of the hemp fabrics was widespread
across Asia, going as far back as ancient Chinese
pottery and cloth circa 800 BC. Traditionally, silk
fabrics were worn by the wealthy, while hemp
was considered the “textile of the masses.”