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The Facts about Hemp Fabric

Mar 31, 2013

Hemp is one of the strongest and oldest fabrics on the planet, and also one of the most misunderstood.

In fact, one of our competitors has this to say about hemp...

"Our Hemp blend fabric uses 12% Hemp, 28% Cotton and 60% polyester. While being natural and sustainable, Hemp is unfortunately not durable enough by itself, so we have to blend it with cotton and polyester to create a cover that is less dependent on the oil industry and will still be durable enough to carry the K**tsa name." 

While this is completely untrue, it only illustrates how misunderstood hemp fabric is. Here is an excerpt from another website...

"Hemp is naturally one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics and also the oldest.  The Columbia History of the World states that the oldest relics of human industry are bits of hemp fabric discovered in tombs dating back to approximately 8,000 BC. 
Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable natural textile fibers. Not only is it strong, but it also holds its shape having one of the lowest percent elongation of any natural fiber. In fact, its combination of ruggedness and comfort were utilized by Levi Strauss as a lightweight duck canvas for the very first pair of jeans made in California."

Hemp is really one of the most amazing fabrics. You don't have to add plastic to make it more durable. So if hemp is so great, why do more companies not use it?

Hemp is from the same plant that marijuana is derived and so it is currently illegal to grow hemp in the USA. Other countries cultivate it for many, many practical uses. Hemp is often mixed with cotton to make it softer, but canvas is made from hemp, hence the name "canvas" was derived from "cannabis".

Nest Bedding strives not only to provide you with facts but also education so you can make informed decisions about your bedding and mattress purchase. 

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