Thanks to them 2018 Farm BillHemp production has been legalized and is now different from other cannabis plants. Not only does this mean more protection for hemp farmers under the federal law on crop insurance, but it is an exciting opportunity for companies in the hemp apparel industry.
Hemp is still defined as a cannabis plant, but cannot contain more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). As such, the plant cannot cause psychoactive experiences in those who consume it and its compounds.
However, hemp is much more than just a plant to eat. The plant has long been used for industrial purposes. Today, consumers can find numerous products made from hemp, including clothing and shoes.
Hemp: An ideal textile for sneakers and clothing
There are many materials currently used to make clothes and shoes, some better than others. However, hemp has many properties that make it an ideal material for making clothes and shoes:
- Hypoallergenic. The non-allergenic properties Hemp means that it won’t irritate the skin.
- Thermoregulation. Your feet won’t sweat as easily thanks to the ability of hemp thermoregulate.
- Antibacterial. Shoes tend to smell and hold on to odors. But if made from hemp, that antibacterial nature of the fabric means that bad smells are not kept as easily as with other fabrics, especially synthetic materials.
- Strength. Hemp fibers are known to be extremely strong, which can help shoes last longer.
Those who value the environmentally friendly nature of hemp for clothing and trainers will also find hemp as an attractive material. In particular, hemp has the following properties:
- Sustainable. There is no need to use harmful pesticides or herbicides to grow hemp, which makes it a sustainable crop.
- Bio. Hemp is grown and manufactured in such a way that it becomes an organic fiber.
- Light decomposed. Since hemp is a natural material, it has a very small carbon footprint compared to artificial materials.
Hemp-based clothing and shoe brands
Here are just a few of the hemp-based apparel and shoe brands:
- Patagonia hemp clothing collection
- Tact & stone
Consumers looking for an organic, natural textile that is sustainable and non-polluting will find hemp-based clothing and shoes an attractive alternative to other fabrics, especially synthetic ones.
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