Is Hemp the Best Alternative to Synthetic Materials?

In our last article, Hemp vs. Cotton: 3 Reasons Why Cotton is Not King (and Why Hemp Should Be), we focused on industrial hemp’s advantages over cotton, another natural fiber. This time, we’ll delve into synthetics, which we believe are inherently worse than any natural fiber.

In the last century, natural fibers have been replaced by synthetics to a great extent. Although attractive because of their low price, mass production, and customization, synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, non-biodegradable, non-renewable, and result in toxic waste products. While they may be cheap to produce, there are hidden costs to both our health and our Earth.

The fastest growing segment of synthetic fiber consumption is polyester, with a recorded demand of 55.2 million tons in 2014. The production and disposal of it contributes to an array of environmental problems. Perhaps worst of all, petrochemical textiles have hurt hard-working American farmers. Unlike natural fibers, synthetics are not grown, they’re extracted from deep in the Earth, removing the farmer from the equation.

– Read the entire article at Leafly News.