History of Hemp

Throughout history, industrial hemp has been utilized for its wide spectrum of applications and use functions. Hemp’s mission as a truly sustainable crop is driven by natural durability, longevity and a low impact on the environment and its natural resources. Today, Hemp (Cannabis Sativa L) has been wrongfully misidentified with its similar cousin Cannabis Sativa, better known as Marijuana. This confusion lead to the decline and near extinction of hemp for industrial uses and technology, in turn creating an opportunity for other fibers to enter the global market.

Practice Today

During the last 70+ years, the void left by hemp in textiles and fashion ushered in a business model of cheap labor, poor quality and low prices. This created a system of unsustainable practices in the growing, harvesting, manufacturing and disposal processes. Whereby the outcome is, a large carbon footprint, waste and pollutant impact contaminating the environment around us. The present textile and fashion position, demonstrates a prodigal linear economy which boasts, “Take, Make, and Waste.” These problematic processes and systems have led to a new fusion of thinking which challenges the current industry standards.

Polluted waterways from dyes, chemicals and process runoff + suffocating of the atmosphere from increased emissions = Continuous threats to the aquatic and terrestrial environments

Putting the “numbers” all in perspective.

The global greenhouse gas impact of cotton annually is equivalent to traveling to the sun and back 1,300 times in a passenger car

20% of industrial water pollution is due to textile manufacturing

Over 15 million tons of textiles from United States homes end up in landfills each year.

Tomorrow’s Innovation – Welcome to Hemp Black

We are pairing our technological advancements with the sustainable DNA of hemp to forge a new “cleaner and greener” textile industry. With advanced knowledge on sustainable practices, HempBlack aims to become a true circular economy through the creation of hemp technology products. We believe a “cleaner and greener” global textile and fashion industry is in our collective interest to solve. We look to be the leader where sustainability is supported by data and facts and not just a “neat and nice” story to tell.

Hemp Black Strives to be a Sustainable Leader:

Healthy Harvesting Practices That Reduces Our Environmental Impact

Cultivating Low Maintenance Crop

Land Restoration

Varietal Science and Research Education

NO chemical emulsions, NO carbon emissions in removing fiber, NO combing and NO carding.

At Hemp Black we look to recycle, reuse, and replenish, making a positive change to the economic, social and environmental landscapes at home and abroad.