Why Hemp Is More Eco Than Cotton, with Facts

Hemp was been with us throughout history.

Whether a strong sail, colonial crop, or dependable garment, hemp has given a hand to humankind since the dawn of agriculture. But these days, it seems everything is made out of cotton. Is hemp really better for the environment? At Artisan Gear, we prefer facts to rumors. Here are the definitive sustainability facts for hemp and cotton.


It's The Land that Counts

The ecological footprint of cotton ranges from 2 gha (global hectares) for cotton grown in the USA to 3½ gha for cotton grown in Punjab. Cotton produces 2980 pounds of cotton lint per gha. Hemp’s impact is tiny, ranging from 1½  gha to 2 gha. Each gha of hemp produces 6610 pounds of dry fibre. (source) Hemp requires less than half the space that cotton does to produce the same weight.

Water Usage

Cotton requires 763-915 mm of water per growing season (source). Unlike cotton, many climates can support a hemp field on rain alone. Hemp only requires 500-700 mm of water per season (source).

Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions

How the energy is produced in important. Whether it’s cotton, hemp, or polyester, the fabric needs to be transported and processed from plant to person. Because it doesn’t vary from fabric to fabric, to save energy, we need to support sustainable energy sources (those without CO2 emissions) such as wind and solar.

What’s in a Box

Anything you buy online must come in a package, be it an envelope, bag, or a box. At Artisan Gear, we ship our True Hemp line in premium boxes that are carefully designed with re-use in mind. We ask that you do not throw these boxes away. We believe that, if treated with respect, a box can last a lifetime.

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