Hemp cultivation is one of the oldest industries in the world dating back to around 8,000 BCE. In fact, the word for canvas comes from the word cannabis as canvas was historically made from hemp fiber. Although hemp was one of the first materials cultivated we did not maintain the hemp industry into the modern era. Cotton replaced hemp for the majority of clothing around the world. The effects of that transition can be seen around the world from the American south, to China, India, and the Aral sea.
The Aral sea dried up from irrigation in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to supply food and cotton for the USSR. It is one of the largest examples of human caused environmental change in the world.
HEMP IS BETTER
• Hemp needs 1/3 as much water to grow compared to the same weight of cotton.
• Hemp produces 2-3x more fiber per hectare than cotton.
• Hemp is three to eight times stronger than cotton.
• Hemp fabric breathes well, is moisture absorbent, protects from UV, and is anti-bacterial.
• Hemp grows well in many different climates, often requiring no irrigation.