With the rate at which the climate changes are taking place, I’m sure each one of us wants to do our bit to reduce the amount of carbon emission released into the environment, one of the biggest factors behind this scary phenomenon. When we talk about climate change we focus on industries such as energy, food, etc, but Did you know that the clothing industry contributes to third of the greenhouse gases emission?
Clothing Industry is one of the world's leading contributors to the carbon emission taking into consideration how the raw materials are extracted, how the clothes are produced, how they are transported and in the end their disposal. By choosing the correct kinds of clothing materials and brands we can decrease our individual carbon footprint. But what exactly is carbon footprint?
The contribution of every individual to the carbon emission is measured in terms of kilograms of CO2 eq and the individual impact of a person towards the global carbon emission is measured in terms of their carbon footprint. One of the biggest ways in which we as individuals can reduce our carbon footprint is by consuming organic clothing, In particular, organic clothing made by hemp.
Yes, hemp clothing is not just a product that is simply hyped by the media, it also helps you contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide emission in the following ways.
Industrial Hemp over the years has been misunderstood and confused with cannabis hemp which has lead to a lot of distrust and suspicion from the consumers! This is unfortunate because growing hemp could be highly helpful to the climate. Hemp grows through rapid carbon dioxide uptake that can help reduce CO2 content in the atmosphere. Not only does hemp absorb CO2, but also it is also known to absorb other toxic pollutants from the environment. Imagine how clean the air could be just by planting a patch of hemp plants, forget an entire is to produce hemp clothes!
Hemp grows rapidly, faster than any weed. Unlike conventional cotton or other plants, Hemp requires no pesticides or herbicides. Think about it, if we could grow a crop without having to cover it in pesticides and other chemicals that hurt the environment, we would have so much less contamination of our water and earth! Less contamination means less amount of time in filtration plants which indirectly impacts the carbon emission factor.
Most clothing materials today are made of polymer-based petrochemicals. To produce these kinds of materials, a lot of energy and other natural resources are used. Burning these kinds of natural resources leads to lots of carbon emission. This problem can be avoided by switching to hemp. Hemp clothing is made of hemp fibres that can be extracted directly from the plant, this process creates zero chemical residue.
Hemp requires very little water to grow. Compared to cotton that is the most water-dependent crop, hemp only takes up around 898 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of hemp. Imagine the amount of water that you can save with your decision to turn your wardrobe into a hemp clothing paradise!
Growing hemp is extremely good for the soil! Not only does hemp hold the soil together, preventing soil erosion, it also increases the content of microbes in the soil! The Hemp stem and leaves are also rich in nutrients, which when returned to the soil as remnants, increase the nutrients in the soil. Imagine how great hemp can be as a plant used in crop rotation practices by the farmers.
Aside from all the above reason Hemp clothing is also sustainable and hence lasts for a long time! By choosing hemp clothing, you choose to promote the growth of a plant that requires very less time to grow, consumes very less water and in turn, indirectly reduces our contribution to the carbon emission and hence reducing our carbon footprint. While your clothing choice might look like a very small step, it could be a small step to a big change.