Sustainably Chic

Hemp Clothing | A Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Alternative

Fashion, Fashion Pt. 6Natalie Kay

say yes to hemp...

The use of hemp as a textile has been around for a long time. We can go all the way back to 8,000 B.C.E. where hemp was discovered being used in tombs. The first American flag was sewn with hemp, as well as one of the first pairs of jeans by Levi Strauss. The fiber hasn't always been known for its comfortability; therefore, it was primarily used as an industrial fabric. However, today, hemp has changed thanks to blends and new enzymatic processes. By blending other softer fibers and/or removing lignin, we are now able to take full advantage of this wonderful resource for fashion. ONNO T-Shirts is one of these brands changing the way we think of hemp.

So, why should we be using hemp more often? 

1. Strong & Durable

Probably one of the strongest & most durable natural fibers, Hemp is a long lasting fabric which only gets softer with each wash. It is, also, resistant to mold and UV light, and retains color better than cotton. 

2. Breathable & Anti-Bacterial

Hemp is moisture wicking, making it very comfortable to wear all year. With its porous nature, it is able to breath keeping you cool in the summer. During cooler months, air trapped by the fibers is warmed by the body. Pretty interesting, right? Studies indicate hemp offers anti-bacterial properties, as well {just like bamboo!}. 

3. Fast Growing with Less Space / Water / Pesticides

Hemp beats others natural fibers when it comes to space & the use of water and pesticides. According to, "Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land". It, also, requires half the amount of water used to grow cotton, and doesn't rely on any pesticides or herbicides to thrive. 

fashion & hemp

ONNO T-Shirts is ahead of the game. Their hemp tees are amazing & the fit is great. You can choose from over ten different colors, AND they make them for both men & women. I love the added texture hemp provides in their tees. Best part, it will only become softer every time you wash it. Their blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton is already soft, but just imagine a few years from now :D