Hemp Bras Aren't Just for Hippies
Eating organic may have started as a trend, but it's here to stay, so now organic clothing is the new craze consumers are seeking out. This is a great thing; we’re learning more about how what we wear (and the products we use) impacts the environment and being more thoughtful about how we shop. And it’s not just about the environment: how we dress impacts our health. Cotton and other crops are often grown with harmful chemicals that remain in the clothes, and can be absorbed into our bodies. One in eight American women will battle breast cancer in her lifetime, and, as we look for ways to reduce our likelihood of being diagnosed with this disease, we cannot ignore the bras we wear. Thankfully, hemp is experiencing a renaissance, and more and more designers are creating organic hemp bras and underwear that are good for both the body and the earth. And, bonus: they're super comfortable, too!
What is Hemp?
Hemp is a non-psychoactive variety of the cannabis plant and it produces seeds and fibers. Hemp has many uses: food, rope, paper, and more, including making clothing. Many people think of hemp as something only hippies wear, but it’s actually a versatile fabric that is superior to cotton in durability, comfort, and wicking. Hemp is soft and lightweight, yet strong with fibers that do not break down due to wash and wear. This organic material is also sweat-absorbent, which is a positive attribute in undergarments. Hemp is something of a superplant, but was illegal for many years due to its association with THC, the cannabinoid that gets you stoned. Hemp contains only minimal, trace amounts of THC and is therefore 100% non-psychoactive.
When it comes to choosing the design and comfort of undergarments, especially a bra, women can choose the perfect one from millions of options. For those who are concerned with breast and overall health, bras made of natural fiber are an obvious choice. It’s not just important to monitor what we put into our bodies, but also on them, and there are multiple benefits to wearing a hemp bra.
Bras that are mass-produced from traditional fabrics contain multiple toxins. Sometimes these toxic elements are the culprits behind skin allergies and rashes many people suffer from. Not only that, studies have shown that the fatty tissue in breasts is particularly prone to absorb these chemicals, which can be then be passed to breast milk. The production of hemp fabric does not utilize toxic products. Hence, bras and other undergarments made of hemp are better for the skin and health overall.
Save the Planet
The production of traditional cotton requires a large amount of energy, pesticides, and fertilizers. On the contrary, hemp requires less water and is often grown without pesticides or fertilizers. Moreover, it absorbs up to four times as much carbon dioxide as trees do, and produces a higher volume of pulp, which is used to make paper. Using all-natural hemp products is a wonderful way to live more sustainably and reduce your carbon footprint.
Cheaper Production Cost
As the production of hemp fabric requires less energy, the production cost is naturally cheaper than the traditional fabric materials.
In addition to being environment-friendly and less-expensive, hemp fabric lasts longer and is up to six times stronger than other fabric.
Besides providing comfort, hemp bras are good for your health and environment. Hemp bras and other organic hemp products promote conscientious, mindful living. Consider making the switch today, or incorporating hemp into your daily life in another way. The earth will thank you!