As the premier plant fiber, True Hemp or Cannabis sativa has served mankind for thousands of years. Hemp is a versatile annual crop. Farmers plant non-GMO certified seed in the spring and harvest it in the fall using common farm equipment.
Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Not only is hemp strong, but it also holds its shape, stretching less than any other natural fiber. This prevents hemp garments from stretching out or becoming distorted with use.
Hemp may be known for its durability, but its comfort and style are second to none. The more hemp is used, the softer it gets. Hemp doesn't wear out, it wears in. Hemp is also naturally resistant to mold and ultraviolet light.
Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to "breathe," so that it is cool in warm weather. Furthermore, air which is trapped in the fibers is warmed by the body, making hemp garments naturally warm in cooler weather. Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop, producing more fiber yield per acre than any other source. Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land. The amount of land needed for obtaining equal yields of fiber place hemp at an advantage over other fibers.
Organic cotton can be cultivated everywhere where conventional cotton can be grown.
Before a formerly conventionally treated field can be used for growing organic products, though, the farmland needs to be farmed according to ecological principles for a period of three years and must be free of chemical substances. Only after this period of decontamination the cropped cotton will be allowed to be called organic Cotton.
The most important difference between conventionally produced cotton and organic cotton is that organic products are exclusively fertilised by organic means. No chemical fertilisers, herbicides and insecticides can be used. That way, not only the farmland but the whole ecosystem (ground water, animals, human beings) is protected.Depending on the region of cultivation, conventionally farmed cotton needs as long as organic cotton to mature, namely five to nine months.
While conventional cotton is harvested by machines, though, organic cotton is picked by hand.(http://www.lasiesta.com)
In the production of a jeans can be put up to 20'000 liters of water.
Therefore it can be worthwhile not to throw away a worn-out jeans, but to breathe new life into it.
In an environmentally friendly process our old jeans are spun to "new" cotton yarn.
The jeans yarn can keep up with new cotton quality. It is robust, has warming properties and keeps the wind off like a jeans.
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. Linen is laborious to manufacture, but the fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Linen is comfortable and has a good strengt. It is twice as strong as cotton, hand-washable or dry-cleanable. It is cool to the touch and it gets softer the more it is washed. Linen fabrics have a high natural luster; their natural color ranges between shades of ivory, ecru, tan, or grey. Pure white linen is created by heavy bleaching. When properly prepared, linen fabric has the ability to absorb and lose water rapidly.
The nettle is a permanent ("perennial") plant, so it grows on the same field for many years. Fibers grow almost everywhere, unless the soil is too dry, too salty or less nutrient.
The nettle requires a good water supply. Nettles can absorb more moisture than fabrics like linen or hemp.
With fine yarns and high twisted yarns it can also be achieved a silk-like gloss with smooth handle.
Nettlefabric is suitable not only for hot summer days, but also for spring and autumn. The good fiber characteristics promise a good resistance to dirt.