Hemp: A fabric made from Cannabis sativa plant
Environmental benefits of hemp include: low amount of water usage, no need for chemical pesticides and fertilisers, renewable resource, produces more fiber per acre than trees, very quick growth rates, absorbs more CO2 than trees, nothing is wasted in the hemp production process and lastly it is biodegradable.
Fabric benefits: UV and mould-resistant.
Linen: A fabric made from the flax plant
Environmental benefits of linen include: Less water and electricity used to produce linen compared to other fabrics, less chemical fertilizers and pesticides need to be used for flax crops, flax can be grown on marginal land that is unsuitable for food crop production and linen fabric is biodegradable.
Fabric benefits: Strong, absorbent, moth-resistant and softens beautifully with age.
CmiA Cotton: The fabric from plant stage to manufacturing is fully done in Africa and manufactured in a carbon neutral factory
Environmental benefits of African cotton include: CmiA cotton is completely produced in Africa sustainably and ethically from farming all the way to fabric production. CmiA supports smallholder farmers, working to promote gender equality, dignified labour conditions and respect for the rights of children. CmiA is also committed to protecting soil, water, biodiversity, climate and the environment.
Fabric benefits: Strong, absorbent, soft, breathable and easy to wash
Bamboo: Fabric made from the bamboo plant
Environmental benefits of African cotton: Although bamboo goes through a chemical process to create the fabric, which isn’t very environmentally friendly, bamboo farming is a lot more environmentally friendly and sustainable than conventional cotton. Bamboo farming benefits include: low amount of water usage, chemical pesticides and fertilisers are not needed, very quick growth rates, removes greenhouse gases and prevents soil erosion. Bamboo is also biodegradable compared to polyester
Fabric benefits: Anti-bacterial; highly absorbent; soft; UV protectant