Hemp is a long-fibred plant with a low elasticity. This makes even thin hemp slings very stable and hardly give way. This supports the comfortable wearing comfort of our thin slings.
Here are some advantages of hemp textiles:
– they absorb moisture
– it have a temperature-regulating effect (cooling in summer, warming in winter)
– it is resistant to mould stains, moulds and other microbes
– hypoallergenic, so they do not cause allergic reactions
– they have a very low elasticity
– they have the highest tensile strength, whether dry or wet, of a natural fiber
– it give fabric a very long shelf life
– they produce a natural, high UV protection
– they are naturally colourless and do not need to be bleached
Advantage of the hemp agrarian culture:
Hemp is a very undemanding plant, which grows very high (up to 3m) and dense. As a result, hardly any sunlight reaches the bottom of the plants. Weeds have no chance and therefore no weed killers (herbicides) are used even with conventionally cultivated hemp.
Hemp is naturally resistant to fungal attack and insects. This is the reason why no chemical fungicides or pesticides are used. Conventional cotton production, on the other hand, consumes about 50% of the pesticides used worldwide, excluded certified organic cotton. But organic cotton accounts for a sad 0.4% of global cotton production. Don’t forget, most of the cotton dyed in southeast asia, where no laws for ecological standards exist.
Actually, this would be enough to speak of a “super plant”. But this plant also needs comparatively little water. While cotton, the most commonly used textile worldwide, requires about 10,000l/kg, the water requirement of hemp is very low at about 300l to 500l/kg. It returns more than 60% of the nutrients to the soil, leaving behind a soil on which new crops can be grown immediately after harvesting.