Hemp is used in many applications today – nutrition, medicine, fuel, plastics, auto components, and textiles. We also see a trend that is leading to green, natural furniture.
Hemp leaves a negative carbon footprint. It nourishes the soil and cleans the air. It is pest resistant, rodent resistant, mold and mildew resistant. Hemp fiber is one of the longest, strongest, and most versatile fibers known to man.
Throughout history ship sails were made from hemp canvas, not cotton, because cotton deteriorated must faster. The first Levi-Strauss jeans were made from hemp.
Furniture made with hemp fabric is durable and withstands water better than other fabrics. Hemp fabric is also stain resistant (to a point – for those of you with children, I’m sure you’ll love this info!). I’m sure you’ve seen or even had upholstery that was near a window for a long time that showed signs of fading. Hemp fabrics are UV resistant, so there is less chance of them fading as quickly as other fabrics.
(French Country Hemp Armchair)
Hemp fabrics have more fire-retardant properties than most fabrics.
Because hemp fabric is so versatile, it can be used on sofas, chairs, as furniture covers, pillow covers, seat cushion covers, rugs, and curtains. A note about hemp curtains – unlined hemp curtains will fade over time, but it takes much longer than curtains made from other fabrics.
(Chenille Hemp Rug)
So, if you are thinking of creating a greener home, why not start with hemp furnishings?