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Hemp, a sustainable fiber

What makes hemp sustainable? Hemp doesn’t need pesticides and herbicides to grow. Replenishes the soil and grows rapidly, making it possible to harvest multiple crops of hemp on the same land in one year. Compared to cotton, hemp uses less water than cotton and less land for more fiber. Hemp is a versatile crop that can be grown for food and textile uses. Hemp clothing also has benefits to you. It can be made into different types of fabrics such as linen, canvas and jersey knit. It is durable, porous and breathable. The fibers take to dyes well, so they retain color longer than other fibers. These fabrics feature resistance to mold, mildew and UV rays. Your hemp clothing will...

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Hemp-possible!

Let’s talk about the endless possibilities of hemp! Did you know that hemp could be transformed into a variety of textiles, such as hemp linen, hemp fleece, hemp muslin and hemp silk? The greatest thing about hemp is that it’s one of the most versatile natural fibers. The cellulose fiber from hemp is used to make products ranging from paper, skin care products, building materials and apparel. So what makes hemp so ecofriendly? For starters, it requires no pesticides and needs little water, yet it renews the soil with each growth cycle. Due to these minimal growth requirements, it is much less expensive to farm. Hemp is a favorable fiber in apparel, because clothing made of hemp fiber is lightweight...

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Fabric Made from Soybeans? Soy what?

I love puns. OK, seriously. What is so great about fabric made from soy? First of all, it is probably the most lovely feeling fabric that I have every worn. That is my favorite thing about it. It also has good color fastness which means that it doesn’t fade as quickly as other natural fibers such as pure cotton or silk. Soy fabric has a nice drape, and if my tops have wrinkles, putting it on a hanger for a while is usually enough to straighten out the wrinkles. Those last two features make it easy to care for. Throw it in the wash, hang it to dry or put in the dryer, but either way, it will dry quickly....

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Why does organic cotton matter?

You care. You want to know that your purchases do in fact matter. So, I am letting you know, organic cotton does matter. Organic cotton conserves water, uses far less harmful chemicals and increases food security to the farmers (due to crop rotation). It also promotes biodiversity, maintains better soil health and reduces farmers’ exposure to harmful chemicals. Want to read more? I included links at the bottom of this post. There is a growing movement toward making mindful purchases. My path to starting this business started with a New Year’s resolution to avoid purchasing newly produced conventional cotton. One action, one focus started a new path. I also had to forgive myself for things I knew I could do...

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