Hemp is quite possibly one of the most useful and sustainable plants available and remains one of the strongest natural fibers on earth. Nau has been using hemp from the start because we believe that it’s the best material due to its low water impact, sustainable properties, and soft feel to the touch making it the best material for warm weather.
A highly sustainable crop, hemp requires little to no water, doesn't need pesticides or fertilizers, and can usually be rain-fed to grow. Hemp uses 87% less water than cotton in the growing life-cycle and when the hemp plant is harvested, the roots remain and the leaves are returned to the fields keeping the soil rich and in better condition than before it was planted. Hemp can be grown consecutively for over twenty years without the soil being affected. This plant is also naturally resistant to insects and certain disease, eliminating the need for pesticides in the growing fields.
On top of having a lower environmental impact, clothing made from hemp fiber offers many additional benefits:
- Hemp helps protect your skin by naturally filtering UV light.
- Hemp is lightweight and breathable.
- Hemp resists bacterial growth preventing odors.
- Hemp is known for its durability, it has four times the strength of cotton and it won't weaken when washed.
- Hemp retains color better than any other fabric.
- Hemp is naturally soft on the skin and will continue to soften with each wear.
- Hemp has a similar drape to linen.
Hemp is 100% biodegradable, allowing it to have little to no impact in the decomposition process.
Humans have cultivated hemp since 8000 BC. In the United States, hemp has been thought of as interchangeable with marijuana. In the past, the misconceptions about hemp have caused it to be banned. In 2018, the president signed into law The Hemp Farming Act, making industrial hemp legal in the U.S. Have a look at the link below to shop our Hemp Collection pieces, an excellent way using your buying power to create change.