Hemp in the Fashion Industry

by Custard XCPT

The world is changing so, why not change with it?

Creating a look is one thing, but generating the power to start a movement is a whole other ball-game. Dressing to aesthetics is cool and all, but there are more pressing issues – like the state of our planet – it’s really bad, guys.

Every individual has to take it out upon themselves to be better and do better – starting with natural based fibers.

Being environmentally friendly is the wave and it is one that we should all be surfing, as a collective.

Fashion has become sustainable through the discovery of ‘eco fashion’ which is part of a growing movement in the scene where sustainability, social responsibility and responsibly sourced materials are paramount. 

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Hemp has been labelled as the most durable of all natural fibers; one might even go as far as to say that it is ‘miraculous’ because of its shear strength, versatility, its resistance to weather and its affordability.

Fashion is a 2.5 trillion USD industry that is experiencing a significant transformation. “With the help of the UN, more and more corporations are making the shift towards sustainable business models which can help fight climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.” (U.N, 2018)It’s a deafening stat, but the production of clothes which people wear on a daily-basis, contribute to around 10% of global greenhouse emissions due to its long supply chains and energy intensive production, says U.N Climate Change. Shifting practices is essential in order to reduce carbon emissions to as close to 1.5°C – in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

The U.N came-up with an idea to celebrate fashion designers and international companies that promote sustainability, by regularly hosting an alternative fashion show called the “Green Fashion Week”.
“Its 7th edition took place in Dubai earlier this year and illustrated how sustainable fashion brands are already setting the paths towards less destructive business models.” (U.N, 2018)

The fashion industry produces over 20% of global waste water. 85% of textiles end up in landfills or are incinerated, when in actuality, they can be reused. This is why it is essential for global brands to utilise hemp as the main textile for their garments.

For example, “It takes 2,700L’s of water, 0.22 pounds of fertiliser, 0,1 pounds of pesticides and 1.2 pounds of fossil fuels to produce and transport a single cotton T-shirt in India.” (Khanna, 2018) Bare in mind, that’s enough water for one person to drink for over 2 years.

Hemp is a game-changer in the fashion industry and must be utilised at all costs by as many organisations and global brands as possible. The earth is dying – we, as humans, are killing it. It is imperative to act and act now!


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“Hemp is the eco-friendliest crop as it requires no pesticides and needs little water, yet it renews the soil with each growth cycle – its long roots prevent erosion and help retain topsoil.” (U.N, 2018) The natural-fiber is able to grow in most temperature regions making a necessity for any climate.

Sustainability in fashion is vital; textiles are getting more costly and owners are keeping their clothing for a lesser duration - before throwing it out and purchasing more. Hemp textiles has the potential to change this dynamic and education regarding such textiles is important for development and growth in all aspects.

It is imperative that individuals/brands realise that current textiles are aiding to climate change.

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