Industrial hemp has been used by man for thousands of years, especially as far as its fibrous properties are concerned. Archaeologists have found hemp fibres binding objects or used as a thread in bone needles dating back more than 300,000 years. Today, industrial hemp in the textile sector, is being revolutionised, and are now not only producing fibres for the production of ropes and sacks, but also much finer fibres, giving rise to the making of clothing, duvets, pillows , footwear … any object created from fibres can be made from industrial hemp and because of this it is becoming a major competitor for other fibres such as synthetic fibres and cotton, which requires more water, pesticides, herbicides and barely reduces CO2 emissions because it does not contain a large vegetal mass as is the case of the industrial hemp that is one of the plants of the planet with greatest power of CO2 regeneration.
Hemp produces more than 1000 kg of fibre per hectare, composed of more than 70% of cellulose. Hemp fibre is resistant, antibacterial, and warm and blocks ultraviolet light. No doubt we are looking at one of the fibres of the future, but it should be noted that the cotton and synthetic fibres lobby is holding back this textile revolution being a current drawback in society. Let’s hope they soon join the sustainable movement betting on fabrics based on natural fibres such as hemp.