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 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
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
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.