Clothes made with hemp and bamboo are much more sustainable and healthier for your skin than those made with cotton.
We saw in the article Bamboo and its (great) properties everything that this plant brings to the planet and people. You may wonder why stores are not full of hemp and bamboo clothes. We explain it to you below.
Why hasn’t bamboo been used so far?
Well, this is not completely right. Bamboo has been used for millennia in different sectors, especially in Asia. In the west, this was often associated with the concept of poverty and its use was rejected.
Lack of knowledge also played its part. Until today, many of these properties had not been studied. Now we know them and we can take advantage of them 🙂
Another very important reason is that it is such a strong and durable material that for many companies it was not the best idea. Can you imagine your sweater lasting so much longer than the cotton one you use now? This would not be as profitable for some companies like Zara or H&M.
Why was the use of hemp stopped?
Hemp is probably the first plant cultivated for textiles. Archaeologists in ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq and Iran today) found remains of hemp cloth dating back to 8,000 B.C. It is also thought that it was the first industry of humankind. In Spain and France hemp was cultivated for more than 700 years throughout history.
Why has the last century been different?
Firstly, because in the US a machine was built to process cotton, which made its treatment much easier compared to hemp, which was made by hand.
A machine for treating hemp was invented later. This made her the best option again, since the quality is far superior than cotton. But the worst part came when in the 30s, large textile companies invested a lot of money in propaganda in the media to discredit the use of the plant, associating it with marijuana. Why? Because they understood that their new invention was much more profitable: synthetic fibers made from petroleum. These magnates saw that hemp was dangerous to their business. The US government and subsequently Canada finally passed bills that made the cultivation of hemp illegal.
From there on out the situation changed a couple of times in a short time. In World War II, the US needed hemp and encouraged it again but banned it again later.
In the end we can see that always the large textile companies try to discredit or influence in some way to avoid the trade of these materials. These large companies earn millions of euros thanks to ‘fast fashion’ and clothes made with hemp and bamboo fibers would not allow it, since it is much more durable.
Obviously these companies do not care much about the fact that the massive consumption of clothing destroys the planet.
But … we do care! And we know a lot of people do. If you are asking yourself where can i buy sustainable clothes you can with us from 20 September online.