The Benefits of Wearing Hemp Clothing
By Rolling Up
Hemp fabric started about 10,000 years ago and has evolved a lot since then. Around 2700 BC the legendary Chinese emperor Shen Nung taught his citizens to cultivate sativa and weave clothing out of it. The country is now considered to have the longest history of hemp cultivation - 6,000 years. Throughout history hemp material has been used for clothing, sail canvas, textiles, sacks, paper, food (oil and seeds), and building materials.
While hemp is not as soft as cotton, it is stronger and sturdier than most cellulose fibers such as flax and more absorbent than cotton. Hemp fabrics become softer over time through washes and wear. If you’re looking to add hemp clothing to your wardrobe, here are some of the main benefits of wearing hemp clothing.
Protects your skin
Hemp fabric acts as a natural filter for UV light. Exposure to UV rays can cause premature aging of the skin and signs of sun damage. To reduce risk, consider hemp clothing as an option.
Hemp is four times stronger than cotton and will stand the test of time. It won’t stretch out and will outlast their competition by many years. It’s also resistant to mold and ultraviolet light. Its lifecycle means that your hemp fabric will spend more time being worn and loved and not in the landfill.
Unlike most fibers, hemp will get softer through time and not wearing out. It’s money well spent. Before you shop for a new cotton t-shirt, consider looking for a t-shirt made out of hemp.
Hemp is naturally pest resistant and doesn’t require any use of pesticides. It requires less space than cotton. Growing hemp is also nature’s purifier. The plant rapidly captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and makes the air we breathe much cleaner.