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Hemp is now legal in the United States. In late December, President Trump signed the U.S. Farm Bill that legalized hemp and all its industrial and therapeutic uses.
“Cannabis people need to become more educated about what hemp is and what hemp can do,” said Sarah Harf, founder of MoonCloth Designs, a hemp textiles and design company. “There is still a lot of knowledge gap between these two different industries and a lot of people are not aware of its other incredible benefits besides CBD.”
The Year of Hemp
Hemp clothing and textiles have been in existence for centuries. The early benefits of hemp as an industrial product were discovered and shared, leading to the current freedom hemp now enjoys in the country.
Hemp CBD has gained a strong foothold in mainstream health and wellness, yet little is known about the other ways hemp can be used. According to Harf, hemp can produce thousands of consumer products and bring better, more sustainable options for our economy like hemp paper, biofuel and textiles.
Cotton uses 16 percent of the world’s pesticides. These chemicals severely impact our ecosystems that receive runoff from farms, which decreases animal fertility and freshwater. In comparison, hemp uses 50 percent less water than cotton and does not need pesticides to grow and produce. Hemp can help bring awareness to the toxic use of synthetic fibers that are made from fossil fuels.
Hemp textiles can also provide a better option for the textile industry, as it can be used as an alternative for other popular materials such as non-organic cotton, plastic, soy, paper, oil and gas. It’s a much more durable and eco-friendly option, especially now that milling technology can produce soft and luxurious textures.
MoonCloth is ready to raise awareness about how hemp textiles can look sexy, while providing countless design capabilities (including in-home design and hospitality).
The company’s mission is to help create environmentally conscious spaces and be a resource for highly lived in environments to meet the growing demand for sustainable hospitality. MoonCloth also believes hemp is the solution for eco-conscious hospitality environments.
“At MoonCloth we can provide beautiful sustainable hemp textiles for hospitality. Anything from furniture textile upholstery needs, specialty decor pillows, luxurious hemp silk bathrobes and other custom designs,” says Harf. “In the past, a mindset was formed that ‘eco’ meant losing modern design aesthetic. Now with technology and hemp, we don’t have to lose any part of the high-quality design while also being sustainable.”
To add even more positives, hemp fiber is hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and resistant to mold, mildew and UV light – making it a perfect fit for hospitality spaces.
With 2019 being labeled the Year of Hemp, we hope people will begin to realize its environmental benefits and start incorporating it into more aspects of their lifestyle.
Anne-Marie is a freelance cannabis writer and educator dedicated to cultivating and disseminating important knowledge about cannabis as legalization spreads across the globe. After earning her BA and Masters, she followed an exciting career in the research and education field, finding innovative ways to create collaborations between community needs and research and academic pursuits. Based in Canada, she is a full time writer for the world’s best cannabis companies, advocates and organizations.