Science is only beginning to explore and document the many virtues of Hemp. Latin name: Cannabis Sativa. Industrial Hemp, a variety with low levels of intoxicants (THC), has been used to make textiles for thousands of years. The term Canvas is in fact derived from the word Cannabis. The first many pairs of Levi Strauss´ super-durable jeans were supposedly made of hemp (some claim from used hemp sails). However, farming was prohibited in USA in the thirties (yet, Hemp textile was used by US-troops during WW II). The more bushy variant of Cannabis Sativa with high THC-content (often referred to as Marijuana) is being increasingly used for medicinal and skin-care purposes. US legalisation of farming and use of hemp is moving forward, as we speak.
Before we move on to the science, let us focus on the prime reason why hemp beddings, towels, kitchen towels etc. are potentially very beneficial:
*) Hemp textile is antibacterial and also hypo-allergenic. This is because there are zero or very few artificial (chemical) allegens and irritants in hemp fabric – just like organic cotton. However, there are also zero or very few natural allergens or irritants in hemp fabric (bacteria, fungi, dust mites and their excrements).
|Hemp is antibacterial by nature. Is it non-allergenic, too? Yes, we believe so (not just hypo-allergenic, which only means "less-allergenic-than-normal"). One reason is CBD 1), a non-intoxicating component of Hemp, which according to scientists and dermatologists 1) helps “close” the skin, thereby protecting it from hostile oxygen molecules that cause aging and irritations. Another very important reason is that THC in the hemp fibres simply repel most bugs and fungi, from big insects, over (maybe) dust mites (a proven cause of asthma and other allergies) to small bacteria and fungi (that can cause skin-irritation and allergies). You may recall the old hemp scrub-glove never gets moldy, even after years og hanging in the shower. Furthermore, scientific studies show that common bacteria and fungi (Staph, Coli, Candida) vanish in matter of hours (see above illustration and Ref. 2). This is not the case for cotton, who can host bacteria and fungi for weeks 3). If you use hemp textiles, i.e. sleep in hemp bedlinen, dry yourself with hemp-towels you are likely to develop fewer rashes, allergies, maybe even avoid asthma and your kidst may be avoiding the worst symptoms from childhood diseases. Reduced symptoms of illness and allergies can only mean better sleep and a better life for Baby, Mum and Dad and all other adults. |
Industrial Hemp (a Cannabis-Sativa variety) repels most bugs and microbes. So there is no need for pesticides. The stalks, 2-4 meters high, grow so close that weeds cannot thrive. No need for herbicides, either. Therefore, if it is real hemp, it will be organic by definition - or rather: by nature. Hemp is also considered to be a very good alternating crop – it helps regenerate the soil which is often “starved” after growing other crops like corn, cotton and grain.
Growing hemp only requires about 1/3 of land and 1/20 of water, compared to cotton, making irrigation needless in most cases. Both the Carbon Footprint and the Water Footprint of hemp textile is much smaller than for other natural textiles. Hemp textile is three times more durable than cotton. This means generations of little sisters, brothers and cousins can enherit bedlinen, playing mats, sleepbags etc. Mum and Dad can benefit too, and it only gets better with use. Hemp fabric dries faster than cotton, therefore less need to use energy and resources on tumble drying.
More on water-consumption:
Calculations, based on UNESCO-numbers and other show that total water-consumption or -footprint for finished textiles is 4-5 times more for cotton vs. hemp.:
Many good hands go into the making of our hemp textiles...
Genuine hemp textile is costly to produce. First, lot of labour goes in to the treatment of the stalks, after harvesting. This treatment is called retting, where the stalks are soaked in water for 2-3 weeks to free the fibres. Next, for the stages before weaving only semi-optimal machinery can be used, involving more labour. Adding to the cost – and quality – is that the final sewing, embroidering etc. is done by hand and with manually operated sewing machines. Image from our suppliers´ studio. (Normally, it is a contradiction to label expensive products as "sustainable", since expensive products normally require higher costs = more resources for production. The important thing, here, is that production of hemp textiles requires much less of the scarce resources: land and water, and more of the “abundant” resources: Labour).
See the production steps for our hemp textiles (Click on image):
1) Børsen: “Hemp prevails everywhere” (Original title: “Hamp vinder frem overalt”) pdf
2) Advances in the Performance and Application of Hemp Fiber pdf
3). Survival of Enterococci and Staphylococci on Hospital Fabrics and Plastic pdf
HEMP CPH – Further research:
We are in the process of setting up a project together with DTU, The Danish Technical University, Materials Science Department and other partners. The aim is to find out if and how the microbal qualities, including effects on dust mites, of hemp and hemp textile will result in measurable results, such as improved sleep and well-being over the longer term. We hope to be able to publish the first findings in a years time. In the meantime, our own experience, sleeping in hemp bedding and sheets over the last year is very promising: The decrease in itchings and morning sneezes, alone, says a lot: It can only be good for your baby - and for you.
DECLARATION OF AUTHENTICITY AND MATERIALS USED:
We declare our product are produced of 100% hemp textile, unless otherwise stated. Other materials used can be organic cotton, used as backing for our terry towels or recycled polyester-fibre, used as fast-drying fillings in e.g. sleepbags and playing mats. Certificates of authenticity and production methods from our suppliers can be produced to relevant authorities. Dyes used, if any, are GOTS-certified.
The many virtues of hemp and hemp textile are documented and agreed upon by most industry- and scientific authorities – as well as by many consumers by experience. However, we cannot in any way or form guarantee that babies, infants or adults will experience improved health, better sleep or fewer allergies as a result of using our products. Other factors can greatly influence both physical condition and quality of sleep. For a better life and better sleep you should always make sure you and your family exercise sufficiently and adhere to a healthy diet. You should always follow the advice of your physician/MD and other recognised authorities in these matters.