Many of the hemp products in existence today were not even around during the time of the inventors. In fact, some of the most innovative minds of our time were working on other projects during the time of Thomas Jefferson, including plans for a paper-money system, a cotton gin and a printing press. It was not until 1776 that hemp was formally introduced into United States law as a legal form of currency. Since then, the United States has made good use of it, and for good reason to boot.
For centuries, hemp has been noted for its versatility and was used as both a source of material as well as a source of inspiration for many of our greatest writers and artists. Not only is it easy to grow, but it can be grown by almost anyone who can walk to the corner store to get what they need. Today, its uses and possibilities are nearly endless.
Take paper, for example. Hemp is one of the few plants on this planet that can produce fiber, and it can do so in such a way that is highly efficient and renewable. When you think of all the trees you have to cut down to make that sheet of paper, the number of trees you need to cut down to make one sheet of hemp paper is much less. The same goes for plastic. So, when you think of hemp products, you may be thinking primarily of the paper industry, but there are also hemp-based papers in stores everywhere.
Did you know that you can even turn textiles into hemp products? Yes, that’s right; it’s possible. Hemp can be used in just about any textile manufacturing process, from rope and stocking to clothing and furniture. If hemp wasn’t quite ready for prime time, that might be the next best thing.
Just think of all the recycling that could take place if everyone used hemp products instead of all those non-renewable products that end up dumped into our landfills. In fact, the hemp product waste itself has become a major source of fertilizer. That’s a great thing, don’t you think? It’s like the wind taking all the carbon dioxide out of the air.
Not only is hemp growing in leaps and bounds, but the hemp clothing industry is growing as well. There is no shortage of demand for hemp clothing. If you look at the history of hemp clothing, you will see how it has gone through cycles of growth and development before finding its rightful place as a strong worldwide commodity. Even after decades of hype and big-time marketing, hemp clothing continues to grow in popularity.
Do you ever wonder what would happen if all of the hemp products in the world were suddenly replaced with cotton products? How would the textile industry react? Of course, something like that would send the price through the roof. Hemp clothing isn’t made from cottonseed, which make it a very sustainable choice, and hemp clothing doesn’t need to be made from hemp either. In fact, some of the best hemp clothing is made from hemp fiber such as hemp hats and hemp shirts.
With so many factors working against the textile industry, hemp clothing may be the next best alternative for our global economy. Many of our country’s citizens have yet to realize the enormous benefits of hemp clothing. The fashion industry, which has been heavily regulated for years, is finally starting to take notice of the green trend. If hemp clothing continues to grow in popularity in North America and Europe, soon every person on earth will be sporting a hemp t-shirt.