Industrial hemp is an incredibly versatile plant! It has been used for thousands of years to make paper, milk, fuel, fabric, cord, flour, and oil. More recently it has been used to make both concrete and plastic. You can even eat the seeds for a nice dose of omega-3, protein, and fiber.
Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants and is easy to grow, making it a sustainable source for clothing (and so many other things!). Hemp has the ability to "clean" the soil it's planted in. It was even used at Chernobyl to remove radiation from the ground.
Hemp requires no pesticides to grow.
As a fabric, hemp is super soft, breathable, moisture wicking, antimicrobial and antifungal, durable, and comfortable.
Hemp is the Future of fashion.
why organic cotton?
Conventional cotton is grown with mass amounts of pesticides, more than any other crop. Why does that matter? Pesticides leach into the ground, get in water supplies, on our food, on and in us, and can cause severe health problems. They may also be contributing to "colony collapse disorder" in bees. As pesticides are relatively new, their long term affects on us, animals, and the Earth are unknown, and may be harmful.
Luckily, Future Vintage Co. uses organic cotton to make our garments! So you're not exposing yourself to potentially irritating and harmful pesticide residues, and you're contributing to the increased demand for more sustainable practices.
Bamboo can grow just about anywhere. And fast! It's another highly sustainable resource, and does not require any pesticides to cultivate. Bamboo is used for food, medicinal purposes, instruments, building material, textiles, and fabric. There are countless varieties of bamboo and some grow up to 3 feet a day. Bamboo plants also release more oxygen than trees. Plus, it's antimicrobial just like hemp.
And of course, pandas love it!
why recycled plastic?
Plastic is made from petroleum, also known as "crude oil". Drilling for that oil has its own downsides such as massive oil spills in the oceans. And refining the oil releases harmful toxins into the air.
Plastic does not break down, making it non-sustainable. Plus, there's infinite amounts of it floating around, everything comes in plastic nowadays. Plastic makes up a shocking portion of our waste and we consume it like crazy. Another downside of plastic is it readily absorbs and releases various toxic chemicals. Not to mention its harmful to wildlife, from plastic soda can rings suffocating birds and small animals, to sea turtles mistaking plastic grocery bags for jellyfish and eating them.
While reducing plastic use is our best option, we can now repurpose some of that plastic into new, comfortable clothing, like a Future Vintage Co. tee!