Hemp has been used for at least ten thousand years in the textile industry, on ships to make sails and ropes, and also for food, medicines, personal care products, textiles, paper, and even an alternative to plastic, construction materials. It is antibacterial and an excellent source of nutrition, as it contains proteins and healthy fats, including the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and plant-based omega-3, and numerous compounds for heart and skin health.
Although it has been very frowned upon and banned almost worldwide since the 60s because it has also psychotropic qualities, though really mild (less than 0.3% THC) compared to the similar Marijuana variety, it is now once again playing an important role in the economy for many reasons.
Hemp textiles have always been valued for their strength, durability, and longevity, also holding their shape, and the more it is used, the softer it gets. It is a fast-growing crop, producing 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land in warm tropical zones or temperate climates, never exhausting the soil and it is excellent for absorbing air and soil pollution.
Our hemp products supplier is an Italian association that supplies us with handmade hemp products rooted in their local community. Founded in 2015 with funding for youth entrepreneurship, it contributes concretely to the reintroduction of hemp cultivation in Italy, promoting research, investment, and regulation of the industry, with the aim of producing and processing hemp grown in southern Italy and beyond. A project that developed from the desire to give back identity to a special plant, traditionally available in the Italian territory: hemp, always valued for its strength, durability, and longevity and used in many industries.
They are committed to rebuilding an ecosystem made of people, work, and experiences that recognize the real value of a natural resource so useful and sustainable, starting by providing concrete and reliable information to meet many types of needs with functional, simple, and innovative solutions. They have opened their own farm where they cultivate this evolution; among hectares of hemp, they also organize training courses and personalized consulting services for the different fields of application of the resource. By purchasing their products you are contributing to the preservation of the Planet and the high quality of Made in Italy, for the development of eco-sustainable fashion and the local economy in the Apulia, Sicily, Molise, and Marche regions.
The hemp they use is grown without the use of pesticides and with a moderate amount of water, extremely less than, for example, the water used in cotton crops. The colors of the garments are environmentally friendly, in other words, heavy metals are not used when fixing the color. This characteristic, together with the absence of pesticides and chemical herbicides in the crops of the fiber plants used, really makes a difference to the health of the skin and, of course, the environment. By choosing these natural fabric articles, you opt for non-polluting materials, a real alternative to the usual synthetic fabric bags made from petroleum synthesis. Natural raw materials are hereby used, which at the end of use can be returned to the ecological cycle, such as hemp and cotton fibers, as well as tanned leather without polluting chemicals.