By: Neda Shamsdiba
Conventional fabric processing and manufacturing can be extremely wasteful and toxic to people and the planet. Even when it comes to more natural options, not all natural fibers are created equal. Hemp is the most sustainable fabric you can choose, but what are the other hemp clothing benefits that you and I look for, along with other hemp clothing brands?
IS HEMP THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION?
There’s a lot you and I can do to be more sustainable, but making conscious clothing decisions is at the top of the list. After all, most of us wear clothes every day, and in a world of retail therapy, we often buy more clothes than just what we need.
But people are waking up to the impact conventional fashion has on the environment and factory workers, and these days the majority of consumers want to see more sustainability in fashion. With the increased demand in sustainable apparel, there’s even more reason for the fashion industry to focus on hemp.
Hemp clothing as the future of sustainable fashion just makes sense. Every clothing item that can be made with more conventional fabrics can be made with hemp with less impact on the planet.
So if you’ve been thinking about switching to hemp clothing like organic hemp underwear, then read on for 19 benefits of hemp clothing that will make the switch a no brainer.
19 Amazing Benefits Of Hemp Clothing
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1. HEMP CLOTHING IS STRONG AND DURABLE
When you compare hemp vs cotton, hemp is three times (or more) stronger, making the natural fiber’s strength among one of the many hemp clothing benefits.
As a consumer, this means that you get more out of your hemp clothing because it’ll last longer than other materials. So say goodbye to worrying about wear and tear, or constantly replacing your favorite clothing items.
This benefit is always great, but it’s especially useful for traveling; since you can get more wear out of each hemp clothing piece, you don’t have to pack as much!
2. HEMP CLOTHING IS NATURALLY ANTIBACTERIAL
Hemp has natural antibacterial properties, which makes one of the many benefits of hemp clothing that you can avoid bacteria without the consequences.
Many companies have started to chemically treat clothing with antibacterial properties. But processing clothing that isn’t naturally antibacterial, to make it so, comes with some serious downsides, like silver nanoparticles leaching out of clothes and harming people and the planet.
You can check out the lab results for our antibacterial underwear here.
With hemp clothing, you can naturally avoid bacterial growth, which means:
- Less Odor
- Fewer loads of laundry
- Reduced chance of skin infections or yeast infections
- Healthier skin
- Longer lasting clothes
- Feeling all around fresher, for longer
The antibacterial properties of hemp clothing are especially important for protecting your more sensitive areas. So if you want to get in on the antibacterial trend, hemp is your answer.
3. HEMP IS ANTIOXIDANT RICH (GREAT FOR SKIN)
You probably already know that things like hemp seeds and hearts are high in antioxidants, but the antioxidant properties in hemp can also carry over to hemp clothing.
That’s right, the antioxidant potential of hemp fabrics can help protect the skin, and act as a source of relief for people with sensitive skin, or skin diseases. Hemp clothing does more than just cover your skin; it helps it thrive.
4. HEMP PROVIDES UV PROTECTION
Hemp fabric offers the best sun protection against sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer.
If you’re anything like me, you love spending as much time as possible in the sun, so it’s good to know that hemp clothing can help protect my skin, especially when I don’t feel like constantly reapplying sunscreen.
The sun protection that hemp clothing offers is so important because when your skin is healthy, you look better and protect your overall health and wellness. So whether you’re a beach bum, a mountain hiker, or both, hemp can keep your skin safe whenever you spend time in the sun.
To view the lab test for our WAMA Underwear hemp fabric that shows its UV protection, you can click here.
5. HEMP CLOTHING CAN KEEP YOU WARM AND COOL
The insulation properties of hemp clothing trap body heat, making it a great option for staying warm through chilly or cold weather. But, that’s not all; hemp fabric is also light and breathable, so it can help keep you cool during warmer weather.
Yep, that’s right; hemp clothing can keep you warm and cool, so you can wear it year-round. Seasonal wardrobe changes and packing for trips just got a whole lot easier.
6. HEMP DOESN'T NED HARSH CHEMICALS, PESTICIDES, OR FERTILIZERS TO GROW
Another one of the benefits of hemp clothing is that the plant grows like, well, a weed, which is why it doesn’t need harsh pesticides or fertilizers to grow.
Not only is clothing that is made of fibers free of pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers more hypoallergenic and easier on the skin, but it also helps protect our soil, waterways, and groundwater from harmful pollutants.
7. ALL HEMP PARTS CAN BE USED
All hemp parts can be used for good; that includes the roots, stalks, leaves, flowers, and seeds. When you look at this factor, hemp gets pretty close to being a zero-waste plant.
Seriously there are over 25,000 uses for hemp and 101 hemp products you can already buy, like food, body care, building materials, toilet paper, fuel, plastic, and paper alternatives, clothing, and more.
Focusing on minimizing waste is more important than ever, and it’s essential to the survival of our planet and future generations. Not only can most parts of the hemp plant be used, but they can be used in ways that promote sustainability, provide health benefits, and more.
8. 100% HEMP CLOTHING CAN BE COMPOSTED
Sticking to the zero-waste theme from #7 on this list of hemp clothing benefits, hemp clothing is compostable, but only when it’s made of 100% hemp or a blend of other natural fibers, even further reducing its (and your) eco-footprint.
I have a habit of wearing clothes until they’re no longer acceptable for public appearances, then turning them into lounge-at-home wear. Growing up, my parents always turned old clothes into cleaning rags. But sometimes it’s just time to say goodbye.
While high-quality hemp clothing is durable enough to last you for a very long time, when it does get to the level of wear that makes donating pointless, you can add it to your compost pile. Just make sure its made entirely of hemp or blended with other natural fibers like cotton, wool, silk, or linen.
If you don’t live somewhere that offers compost services, this ultimate guide to composting can help.
WAMA hemp underwear is blended with some organic cotton and a bit of spandex to give it a little stretch, so while you can’t compost your favorite WAMA undies, there are other eco-friendly ways to ditch them when the time comes.
9. HEMP IS SOFT AND GROWS SOFTER WITH EVERY WASH AND WEAR
Hemp often gets a bad rap because people expect it to be stiff, but because of its fine fibers, quality hemp clothing is really soft and gets softer every time you wash and wear it.
So not only will the strong and durable nature of hemp fabric make your clothing last longer, but each piece will become even more comfortable just through the necessary process of washing and wearing. If you’ve ever experienced washing a super comfy and soft clothing item too many times, resulting in it losing its comfy factor, then you know how amazing this is.
As far as hemp clothing benefits regarding comfort and convenience go, it doesn’t get much better than clothes that essentially age like fine wine.
10. ORGANIC HEMP CLOTHING IS FREE OF UNNATURAL AND TOXIC CHEMICALS
From phthalates, to formaldehyde, to carcinogenic Azo dye, and more, it’s scary how many toxic chemicals are found in conventional clothing. These chemicals can lead to skin problems and penetrate the skin leading to worse health symptoms, not to mention the negative impact on the environment and workers.
While synthetic dyes and other chemicals can still be found in hemp clothing, it’s way less common. Just make sure to be conscious of the brands you trust.
When you buy organic hemp clothing from trusted brands, you keep your skin and your body safe from harmful dyes and toxic chemicals without sacrificing comfort or color, like in our WAMA Green Hemp Hipsters and Boxer Briefs.
11. HEMP CLOTHING IS WATER ABSORBENT
Hemp is impressively water-absorbent and can absorb up to five times its own weight in water. Plus, hemp is also a material that water quickly evaporates from, which helps keep you even dryer.
This is in large part due to the highly porous structure of hemp, which has even been found to help regulate the humidity inside buildings.
Considering I don’t think anyone enjoys the wet, uncomfortable feeling of having your clothes stick to you, the absorbency of hemp is super useful. This benefit makes hemp a perfect clothing option for tropical, humid, and misty areas and all your outdoor adventures.
12. HEMP GROWS QUICKLY
Not only does hemp grow pesticide and fertilizer free, but it also grows fast. Hemp harvests are ready in just four months.
This is a faster-growing time than cotton, trees, and other natural resources that we use for clothing and other commodities. Not only is this great for production, but regenerating land and soil quickly after each harvest is essential for environmental health.
13. HEMP REDUCES WATER USAGE
Another one of the sustainable benefits of hemp clothing is that it’s not a water-intensive crop; cotton actually requires four times more water than hemp.
That’s a huge difference that breaks down like this:
Cotton requires about 5,280 gallons of water just to produce about 2 pounds of fiber. If this sounds like a lot of cotton, it’s not. That’s about enough cotton for one single pair of jeans or a t-shirt.
On the other hand, hemp only requires around 80 gallons of water to produce about 2 pounds of fiber. And in many places, a lot of this water can be sourced from rainwater.
When purchasing hemp underwear on our website, you can directly see how your impactful purchase can save water the more you add to your cart. See it for yourself when you check out any of our hemp underwear styles, like the hemp bikini or hemp boxer briefs.
Water is our most precious resource, and we need to do everything we can to protect it; choosing hemp clothing is an easy way to do so.
14. HEMP NEEDS LESS LAND TO GROW COMPARED TO OTHER CROPS
Hemp is a tall and skinny plant, so it doesn’t require a ton of space; because of hemp’s land efficiency, the crop only needs half the territory of cotton to produce the same yields.
Producing more yield from less land is an important component of sustainable agriculture because huge portions of our natural lands are cleared for farming, the population keeps growing, and so many depend on farming for income.
15. HEMP CAN IMPROVE SOIL HEALTH
Hemp improves soil health by acting as a cover crop that preserves topsoil and shades out other weeds, and by bringing diversity to crop rotations.
Hemp also roots deep into the soil, which helps prevent erosion, and loosen the soil so more delicate plants can grow after. These roots can also draw nutrients from deep soil and when hemp leaves are shed, these nutrients like minerals and nitrogen, are returned to the soil.
Hemp is also easy on soil and returns 60% of the nutrients it takes as it grows (if it’s dried in the field). Because of this, hemp has been grown on the same soil for 20 years without soil depletion.
Also, because of hemp's ability to replenish the soil, it doesn’t need to be frequently rotated, so the same plants can be harvested a few times before replanting takes place. This is a huge win as far as saving resources, time, money, and labor go.
16. HEMP CAN GROW IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS
While like all plants, hemp needs certain soil and climate conditions for optimal growth, because of its resilience, hemp can grow in a variety of locations, including multiple hemp growing countries.
While a large majority of the hemp produced in the world today is grown in China, other countries including, North Korea, France, Chile, Canada, and the United States, are increasing hemp production.
While at the moment, growing and producing hemp in the United States is far more costly than in China, with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill and continued demand for hemp products, this all has the potential to change for the better.
Until hemp growing and production for clothing becomes more feasible in the United States, it’s important to choose hemp brands that ensure fair working wages and conditions for their overseas growers and producers. At WAMA Underwear, we’re dedicated to working with companies that value their employees!
17. HEMP REMOVES TOXINS FROM SOIL AND GROUNDWATER
Hemp has phytoremediation properties, which, in more simple terms, means it can remove toxins from soil and groundwater. Hemp is known to remove heavy metals, radioactive elements, pesticides, herbicides, explosives, and fuels from the soil.
Contamination of land and water is a huge concern, and often other remediation methods are costly, intrusive, or bring adverse effects to the table; but hemp offers a natural solution.
Because of this property, hemp has the potential to be used for remediation of abandoned lands and to create healthy green spaces, especially in crowded urban areas.
As far as hemp clothing benefits go, this one is pretty fascinating. I’m starting to think there’s nothing hemp can’t do.
18. HEMP ABSORBS MORE CO2 THAN OTHER CROPS
Hemp is a carbon sink more effective than the majority of other forest or commercial crops, meaning it absorbs and stores large amounts of CO2, helping to reduce the greenhouse effect.
Can it get any cooler or more sustainable than knowing the hemp clothing you purchase is literally helping to remove harmful climate change-causing CO2 from the atmosphere?
19. HEMP CLOTHING OPTIONS ARE GROWING
Since growing and selling hemp hasn’t been legal or accepted in the United States for some time, hemp clothing options are only now increasing because of the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill.
With that said, hemp clothing is nothing new; it’s believed to be one of the earliest plants used for textiles, and now that it’s not heavily restricted, it’s making a comeback.
Even though there’s still a cloud of stigma around hemp, clothing options are expanding. Because of this, there are many hemp clothing brands to choose from and designs to match every style, so you can make the most sustainable fashion choice without limiting your wardrobe.
Hemp is a magical plant; there’s just no other way to put it. It can provide us with so much, and when it comes to how we dress, there are so many benefits of hemp clothing.
Whatever your reason for wanting to make the switch, when you choose hemp clothing, you choose a product that benefits you, the environment, and the world. From softness, strength, and durability, to environmental replenishment and sustainability, to improved health conditions for workers, choosing hemp clothing is a no-brainer.
What’s your favorite reason to choose hemp clothing?