The history of hemp dates back to 1776, with the 1stand 2nddraft of the Declaration of Independence written on hemp paper. Hemp was used for hundreds of years for bibles, maps, paper money, newspapers and more. However in 1970 the Controlled Substance Act passed due to misconception of hemp being the same as marijuana, and farmers were not allowed to legally grow hemp without a DEA permit with very specific guidelines.
Despite years of misconception, hemp and marijuana vary immensely. Hemp contains .3% or less of THC, the psychoactive chemical that induces the feeling of being high. Marijuana contains 15-20% THC, a huge difference from hemp.
Hemp is an extremely sustainable plant because it is easy to grow, grows in abundance, requires few chemicals, and returns 70% of its nutrients back into the soil. Hemp is a natural fiber that requires less chemical and irrigation inputs than other natural fibers such as cotton, while also offering a wide variety of assets and uses not found in other naturals.
Although hemp is becoming more widely used in a variety of products, Hemp Black’s process of excursion is completely unique. Through carbonization, we are able to use 100% of the hemp stalk and fiber while limiting waste and the need for intense labor processes. All parts of the plant are used in the pyrolysis process, reducing wasted materials and increasing yield. Emissions are captured and used to fuel the next round of carbonization.
Hemp Black fabric isn’t the typical hemp fabric you are used to. We strive to create a light weight, performance-based fabric that offers comfort and versatility. Our carbonized hemp fused with recycled polyester and a variety of other sustainable fabrics will offer just this. Going forward we plan to introduce a number of attributes to our fabrics, such as carbon infused fibers, auxetics effects, embedded sensor technology and more.
Hemp black fiber has limitless properties. Our fibers attributes include conductivity, antibacterial, durability, thermoregulation, anti-odor, moisture management and more. Our results highlight that through technology, a high performance fiber is able to minimize environmental impact, which is our goal.