What is hemp?
"Cannabis Sativa" is the scientific name of which marijuana and hemp are varieties that developed due to selective breeding: Hemp for its fibre and marijuana for its narcotic components.
While the two look and smell-alike, they are chemically and structurally different.
For thousands of years, hemp was used to make dozens of commercial products like paper, rope, canvas, and textiles.
In fact, the very name "canvas" comes from the Dutch language, meaning cannabis. That's correct, the real canvas is made from cannabis!
The main difference between hemp and marijuana is the level of THC present and that is why for many years cannabis was unjustly banned.
However, hemp has recently been rediscovered as a plant that has enormous environmental, economic, and commercial potential. What follows are some fascinating facts about hemp - facts that will shock most people:
FACT 1: there are no tree or plant species on Earth capable of producing as much paper per acre as hemp. Hemp is number one!
FACT 2: hemp needs way less water to grow; for the converting process uses a quarter of the water used for cotton and it can produce up to double the fibre yield per hectare than cotton.
FACT 3: not only does hemp grow in a variety of climates and soil types, but it also grows very tightly spaced (decreasing land use) and has a fast-growing rate (which leads to high yields).
FACT4: it is naturally resistant to most pests and does not need pesticides, herbicides, fungicides.
FACT 5: hemp actually absorbs CO2 while it grows through natural photosynthesis, making it carbon-negative from the get-go.
Why choose hemp?
Hemp is a vegetable fibre, making it biodegradable and highly renewable. It doesn’t require pesticides, herbicides or fungicides to grow, and per acre, it can produce 250% more yield than cotton and 600% more than flax (which is used to make linen). It grows in just 12-14 weeks and can grow in a huge range of climates, whilst also breathing in four times as much CO2 as trees, controlling erosion of topsoil and replenishing the soil with nutrients and nitrogen. When used to create fabric hemp consumes far less energy and water than cotton during processing, and the resulting fabric is durable and breathable while being naturally resistant to mould, bacteria and ultraviolet light, so it looks after you as you wear it.
Fewer caustic and toxic chemicals are used to make fabrics from hemp - LESS POLLUTION!
Most hemp-derived products are NONTOXIC, BIODEGRADABLE and RENEWABLE!
TheProudLondon is mainly focusing on Handmade, Organic and Sustainable Clothing. We are promoting Slow Fashion: Good, Clean and Fair.
TheProudLondon's hemp products are handmade, organic and sustainably manufactured from the heart of Himalayas.
We are promoting SLOW FASHION: Good, Clean and Fair
Good - Hemp ethically harvested in the hilly and mountainous regions of the Himalayas. Hemp returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil and it requires very little water.
Clean - Chemicals and pesticides free and natural dye. The converting process uses a quarter of the water used for cotton and it can produce up to double the fibre yield per hectare than cotton.
Made by hand & traditional hand operating devices.
Fair - We collaborate with a local charity and our artisans are local
villagers from different social and economic backgrounds
which created a woman empowering a community that promotes
the development of new skills, education and health-care for
them and their children.