The Benefits of Hemp Fibers
Hemp is an incredibly eco-friendly fiber. Simply switching from synthetic fibers and conventional cotton — which requires the heavy use of water, chemical pesticides, and chemical fertilizers to grow, not to mention the chemicals used in processing — to organic hemp would greatly reduce one's carbon footprint. In fact, the textile industry in general is responsible for a massive portion of the world's carbon footprint. Choosing natural fibers such as hemp, bamboo, and flax is making a choice to encourage and support sustainable agriculture and eco-friendly manufacturing.
Growing hemp is beneficial for the earth, rather than detrimental. When hemp is grown and harvested the roots are left behind in the soil. This provides nutrients to the earth and also helps to prevent soil erosion. As a crop, hemp does not require chemical pesticides or fertilizers and needs very little water, especially when compared to the irrigation requirements of cotton.
As a material, it is very strong (hemp fibers have been used over the centuries not only to make clothing and linens but also rope, construction boards, and paper). Hemp will outlast most other fibers. It is also lightweight and breathable, which is why hemp socks and undershirts are both comfortable and practical. It is resistant to mold, and even blocks UV rays more than other textiles.