Despite hemp not containing the psychoactive components that cannabis has, it has had a bad rep for a long time. Hemp is the boring cousin to cannabis. Boring, but oh-so useful and sustainable.
Historically, hemp has been cultivated as a fibre and has been used in ropes, sails, and canvases. More recently, hemp has been combined with other materials such as bamboo and cotton in order to make a wider array of products like clothing and yoga mats and accessories.
Hemp is a naturally dense growing plant and requires no harsh herbicides, making it gentle on the land and ecosystem surrounding the crop. Interestingly, hemp actually returns 60-70% of the nutrients that it takes from the soil.
This being said, hemp is one of few crops that is gentle on the Earth. Not only this, but it also requires less amount of water than other competing crops such as cotton, making it more sustainable and eco friendly.
Additionally, hemp does not need much land to cultivate. In fact, according to the Guide to Sustainable Textiles, hemp can produce double the fibre yield per hectare than cotton can.Check out our awesome hemp blend yoga mat here!