Hemp is truly fabulous! And especially for cloth diapers. Hemp has so many positive qualities and having the opportunity to work with it this week, for some very special customer's custom order, has reminded me again of why I love it so! It's soooo soft and squishy and makes the most perfect Fitted Diapers! But, it's SO MUCH MORE!
A quick google search on hemp and it's sustainability, uses and positive properties will turn up an overload of information...like this, did you know the original draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper??? Pretty cool huh!?
With that, let me share a little of the Hemp Love....
- Hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly crops to be grown. It's sustainability is an absolute fact. It can grow in a variety of climates and soil types, requires less water, has a shorter gestation and higher yield than similar crops AND is naturally resistant to most pests - therefore not requiring harmful chemical pesticides. (unlike cotton which consumes an estimated 50% of the world's pesticides!)
- Hemp as a fabric...well, it just doesn't get any better! Hemp fibers are stronger, and therefore more durable. It also serves as a great insulative and even offers UV protection from the sun. Hemp is highly absorbent and has natural antimicrobial properties. It's also mildew resistant. See why it's perfect for diapers?!
- Hemp is biodegradable, can be a good source for food, medicine, fuel, weed-control, paper, building materials and more. Basically, we could only benefit from the expanded growth and use of hemp, and I for one am hopeful that it's availability will increase in the US!