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Hemp is Legendary… it's durability unparalleled. Until the advent of synthetics, cannabis hemp had been the standard fiber of the world. From the canvas sails and ropes aboard the clipper ships to the Conestoga wagon covers, the first choice was always hemp. In fact, the word canvas derives from cannabis. While the term "hemp" has been used generically to describe several different fiber species, Artisan Gear uses only cannabis sativa or True Hemp. It's several times stronger than cotton; more resistant to abrasion and tears; to mildew, soiling, shrinkage and the deteriorating effects of the sun. Hemp is an annual crop which thrives without chemical applications. Since 1989 we've been using hemp as the basis of our product line because of its great personality, it's nature's strongest soft fiber, and it's the world's premiere sustainable resource.

Hemp is Durable

It's several times stronger than cotton.

It's more resistant to abrasion and tears.

It's more resistant to mildew, soiling, shrinkage and the deteriorating effects of the sun.

Hemp Ecology

Hemp grows throughout the world.

Many industrial grade varieties are adapted to the Northern hemisphere where it thrives.

Hemp is among the earth's primary renewable resources: Trees cut down to make paper can take fifty years to grow back while hemp can be cultivated in as little as one hundred days, and according to the U.S.D.A., can yield four times more paper over a twenty year period. Hemp produces three times as much fiber per acre as cotton. While cotton is grown on only 3% of the world's farmland, it takes a staggering 25% of the world's pesticide use per year.

Hemp Economy

Currently all hemp seed and fiber is imported; sending millions of dollars as far away as China and Eastern Europe.

Hemp is being used today by hundreds of businesses around the world. Firms like The Body Shop, BMW, GM/Canada and Mercedes Benz are incorporating hemp as a resource. Designers from Armani, Calvin Klein, Patagonia and others are responding to consumer interest and demand for hemp based products.

Eventually hemp cultivation in America will benefit the local job and tax base. The domestic industries that would be boosted include agriculture, construction, cosmetics, energy, food, fuel, furniture, paper, plastics, recycling, retailing, and textiles.