How Hemp Clothing Could Help Save The World

This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today and appears here with permission.

According to a study conducted by NASA, pandemic restrictions reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20%. 

Humanity’s temporary confinement created an immediate decline in air pollution.  

Stay-at-home orders forced many to drastically change daily routines to adjust to the unprecedented new normal. 

This included less time spent traveling or driving and more time working from home. 

People are starting to see their impact on the environment and how a small act like driving less can create drastic change. 

Staying at home eliminated daily distractions that prevented people from reflecting on important issues like sustainability. 

Many people are now more aware of how to lessen their carbon footprint. 

For a lot of people, that journey starts at the closet. 

Airing Out the Fashion Industry’s Dirty Laundry 

In a study conducted shortly after the pandemic began, 67% of fashion consumers considered the use of sustainable materials to be an important purchasing factor. 

When searching for clothing brands, environmentally conscious companies can be a deciding factor on whether consumers purchase from them. 

While the fashion industry isn’t often brought up in conversations about sustainability, it’s one of the leading culprits of unneeded waste, water pollution, plastic pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

In fact, according to the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), we globally produce a staggering 13 million tons of textile waste each year, 95% of which could be reused or recycled. 

The most common fabrics found in the clothes we buy — cotton, nylon, and polyester to name a few — are often laden with harmful petrochemicals and pesticides. 

Plus, they use a lot of water to produce. 

From cultivation to production, could be the sustainable solution the fashion industry needs to do their part for a better planet. 

Pamela West, a devoted hemp …

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