Hemp clothing is becoming increasingly popular as people are becoming more conscious of their purchases and their effects on the environment. As sustainable fashion gains in popularity with hemp clothing being at the forefront, there are still a few myths that need to be addressed and debunked.
1. It Is Course And Uncomfortable
When people think of hemp, they often think to ancient times where hemp was used to make ropes and sails. A common myth is that hemp fabric is course and itchy. This is not the case. Hemp fibers are long and sturdy and when woven together create a smooth fabric that is comfortable against the skin. Hemp fabric actually gets softer with each wash and wear. Because it is naturally hypoallergenic, it is an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin.
2. It Is Expensive
At first glance, hemp clothing may appear to be slightly more expensive than your typical fast fashions. However, hemp is extremely durable and holds it shape when washed. Hemp clothing is very long-lasting and won’t need to be replaced like cheap clothing would.
3. Hemp Is The Same As Cannabis
A common misconception is that hemp is the same as cannabis. Although they come from the same family of plants, they are very different. Hemp contains negligible amounts of THC (the psychoactive component that gets you high) whereas cannabis contains 10-20%. The only high you’ll get from hemp clothing is the fact that you are contributing to a greener planet!
4. Hemp Clothing Smells
Hemp clothing does not hold odors. The fabric resists the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew which can cause clothing to smell.
5. Hemp Clothing Isn’t Fashionable
Once thought to be the fabric for hippies, many fashion designers are turning to hemp as their fabric of choice. Consumers are looking for environmentally responsible companies and sustainable clothing is a trend that is here to stay!
Check out Effort’s Eco-Essentials to find classic hemp fashions for men and women.