Hemp: The Fabric of the Future
Hemp and humanity have been intertwined since 8,000 B.C. However, beginning in the 1930’s, this all-natural plant was unjustifiably vilified and considered an illegal crop in many parts of the world. But why was Hemp considered contraband when it is not a psychoactive plant or used as a drug in any way?
We have the answer.
Some companies saw Hemp as a significant threat to their business model. The multinational company, DuPont, for instance, engaged in large investments within the industrial Nylon transformation sector. They knew that hemp was an ecological alternative to their product in terms of both strength and durability. Similarly, cotton producing companies in the South of the United States also disliked Hemp as a potential fiber rival, and joined DuPont in a fierce lobby attempt to the US congress to illegalize hemp. With close ties with the current administration, the lobby succeeded in taking hemp out of the race until recent times. Any country that would produce Hemp would also be commercially banned from the U.S. In fact, the only country that kept its Hemp fiber traditions intact was China.
But was Hemp popular before that?
The first American flag, and also the U.S. constitution, were both made out of Hemp. It is said that that nearly 80% of all paper worldwide was Hemp-based. Christopher Columbus would finally discover America thanks to his durable Hemp ship sails. Throughout history, Hemp has been a very significant part of everyday life.
Why did do we choose Hemp over other fabrics to create Stardog?
Simply put, Hemp is hands down the best quality fabric in nature. It’s breathable in the summer and warm in the winter; making it an all-season commodity. Hemp is durable, resistant and antibacterial; which is especially relevant with the current pandemic of 2020. At Stardog, we like to think that Hemp is the antithesis of fast-fashion. Our products are made for the ecosystem; with no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers required. As if that wasn’t enough, you can fatten your wallet because our fabric lasts for decades, while your clothing gets softer with each wash.
Hemp is the fabric of the future. The Stardog brand ensures you can trace its quality by checking our GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) which guarantees you not only a AAA fabric, but also an environmentally responsible product.
Are you part of the change?