Looking for a great alternative to the common cotton T-shirt and jeans? Hemp clothes are becoming more popular as consumers become aware of both their benefit to the environment and the unique durability they have to offer. Although clothing products made from hemp may be a little more expensive initially, they will long outlast clothing made from other fabrics. This is because hemp is very resistant to water and does not shrink easily when laundered. It is also fairly easy to care for. To avoid wrinkles from forming in the fabric, many manufacturers recommend that you place hemp clothes on a flat surface to dry.
There are a number of clothing articles made from hemp today such as shirts, blouses, pants, skirts, ties, belts, purses, hats, and jackets. Today’s clothing is much different from the type of hemp clothes produced a few decades ago. Most clothing manufacturers tend to avoid clothing styles and designs that were popular in the sixties and seventies and concentrate on producing more modern fashion wear.
Hemp is eco friendly because it can be grown without the use of a lot of chemicals and pesticides. This is possible because of the great height and width of the plant which often greatly restricts weed growth. On the other hand, cotton which is a major crop used in clothing production, accounts for around one quarter of all the pesticides used in the world. By changing the type of clothing we purchase, we can also protect the environment. Unlike the U.S., many other countries in Europe, Canada, and China produce a number of hemp related products. Part of the reason why hemp products are not readily available in the U.S. is due to the strict laws that forbid the plant to be commercially grown.
Many organic websites offer hemp clothes for sale to customers since it is a far better choice than cotton. However, since it is not a widely available among retail clothing manufacturers, do not expect to find all of the latest fashion styles when shopping for clothing made from hemp.
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