Hemp is a cellulose fiber first used by the Chinese over 5,000 years ago that has only recently gained new popularity in North America. The great Renaissance painters first painted on hemp – canvas actually comes from the word “cannabis”.
Hemp has played a very important role in American history as well. In the early 1600’s hemp was considered such a vital resource that laws were passed ordering farmers to grow it. Before 1850, all ships were rigged with hemp because of its high resistance to rot and mildew.
Hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly grown fibers in the world, requiring no pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers and little water in fields in Northern China. Hemp is considered a high-yield crop and produces more fiber per square foot that either cotton or flax. Hemp’s cultivation cycle can be as short as hundred days.
Hemp can increase strength, durability, and absorbency in fabrics, making ideal for garments meant to last.
Cotton’s exact age is unknown. Scientists have found pieces of cotton cloth in caves in Mexico that are at least 7,000 years old. It is one of the most popular fabrics in the world but it has traditionally been grown with use of pesticides and water. Cotton is now being grown in certified organic fields and in many cases it is processed in a manner to reduce environmental damage. Organic cotton still requires a great deal of water to grow. Due to the limited production and high expense of organic cotton fiber, it is often blended with conventional cotton.
Cotton is a popular textile due to its natural wicking properties and absorption of dye color. Cotton is a moderate strength cellulose fibre.
TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have gained a commendable reputation for their environmentally responsible closed loop production process, which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. This solvent-spinning process recycles process water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%. Consumers can have the assurance that their fashion choices are not contributing to an adverse impact on the environment.
TENCEL™ Lyocell fiber's unique physical properties lead to their great strength, efficient moisture absorption and gentleness to skin.
Polyester fibers are re-used to make fabrics. Polyethylene terephthalate (or simply PET) is the most common polyester used for fiber purposes. This is the polymer used for making soft drink bottles. Recycled PET saves raw materials, as well as reducing energy needs.
Recycled PET is both strong and soft.