Hemp is a plant that has been used for thousands of years to make paper, fabric and food. It can also be turned into biofuel. These days, it's becoming more popular as a household product because of its eco-friendly benefits. We all know how important it is to reduce our carbon footprint and live an environmentally friendly lifestyle; so why not start with what we put on our bodies every day? Hemp products are made from the fibers in the stem of the plant - these fibers are then spun into yarn or woven into fabric. This means they're 100% biodegradable, unlike cotton which takes over 10lbs of chemicals to produce just 1lb of fiber!
The 2018 Farm Bill defines hemp as the cannabis L. sativa plant that has less than .3% THC (the compound in cannabis that makes people feel high). Hemp cultivation will be legal for licensed growers only, so you won’t be able to just start growing your own hemp in your backyard. Licensed hemp farmers will have legal access to crop insurance and federal certifications.
Hemp is a highly absorbent fiber. This makes is water-resistant but not waterproof.
In practical terms, if you’re caught out in the rain and run through it, it’s most likely that your hemp backpack gets splashed upon but it absorbs the water so your items inside are safe.
If the rain is heavier, then, well, run for cover! 😊
The fibers in hemp become stronger in water because it helps them tighten up.
The trick to prevent hemp bags from shrinking is to wash them in cold water. Now don't go running to the next river to have your hemp back cleaned up. All you need to do is set the washing machine on cold - it's usually symbolized as a star. If you live in a place where there are some months in which the water is way too cold, go with the lowest temperatures possible.
Once the washing is ready and while still wet, the trick is to give them a good old tug to open the bag into its usual extended shape.
Try avoiding putting it in the dryer. It usually dries up pretty quick anyway.
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