It is not so easy to find completely ecological textile fibers. We forget the cotton, whose culture is too greedy in water, in pesticides and which cannot be cultivated locally. Bamboo! Not local either and often mixed with fibers from petroleum. Wool! Not vegan. There remains flax and hemp, two ecological textile fibers produced in our latitudes. Using the Custom display box is important in this case now.
Hemp, an Ecological Textile Fiber
The agricultural hemp, grown for its seeds and fibers, is too often associated with his cousin, Indian hemp or cannabis, psychotropic properties. This is what gives it a bad reputation and gives textile hemp a “hippie” label. It’s a shame because hemp has many qualities.
Hemp is a plant that can be used in many areas: its seeds, which are transformed into oil, are excellent for cholesterol. Hemp oil also has moisturizing properties that are used in cosmetics. Its fibers are used to make textiles or for construction.
Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated textile fibers. Its culture in Europe and China dates back more than 8,000 years. Besides, the famous “Nîmes” pants which gave its name to denim jeans were made of hemp before being made of cotton!
Hemp is an ecological textile fiber because its cultivation requires very little water. In addition, its cultivation is very fast and it requires very little fertilizer, and the cultivation of hemp stores CO 2 in the soil. France is the leading producer of hemp in Europe with 10,000 hectares cultivated.