21 Dec Benefits of Towels Made from Hemp
Benefits Of Hemp Towels
Every weekday morning, your phone plays your wake up ringtone and you start the daily get-ready-for-work routine. After showering, you reach for your towel and… it’s damp! Ugh. You took a shower before bed, and your towel is not 100% dry. Yuck.
You look over at your girlfriend’s towel. She also took a late night shower, and her towel, her super special hemp towel that she’s always raving about, is bone dry. Yet super soft, and getting softer every day.
Towels made from hemp are durable, soft, and super absorbent. Natural organic hemp fiber ‘breathes’ better than cotton and is biodegradable. Which means they are also better for the environment! And yes, they also dry faster and get softer with use.
Read on to learn more…
What Are Hemp Towels?
“Don’t use the good towels!”
If you make the switch to hemp fabrics, ALL of your towels will good towels.
The hemp plant has been used as a textile for thousands of years. As a fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of other natural textiles but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials.
The fiber taken from hemp plants is used to produce a variety of products, including bath and hand towels, kitchen towels, and washcloths
High-end, handcrafted hemp towels are dioxin-free, formaldehyde-free, GMO-free, pesticide-free, fire retardants-free, with zero impurities of any kind. They come in natural colors only (light green to a light beige) because they are untreated, unbleached, and undyed.
Their fiber content runs anywhere from 50/50 hemp and cotton, to the ultra, luxurious 88% organic European hemp, 12% organic cotton backing.
Why Use Hemp Towels?
Hemp fiber is more durable than any other woven fabric. Hemp towels will last significantly longer before they begin to break down and wear out. Hemp towels can easily stand up to years of pulling, tossing and shaking. Because hemp fiber has the lowest percent elongation of any natural fiber, your towels will also maintain their shape over many years. The toughness of hemp towels doesn’t mean they’re not soft. Unlike most other types of fiber, hemp fibers get softer the more they are used and washed.
It’s essential to point out hemp fiber’s high absorbency. Hemp fiber can absorb about 150% of its weight in water compared to cotton, which can absorb about 100% of its weight in water. And yet, while hemp towels are champs at absorption, at the same time they have a natural resistance to mildew and mold. Plus, they will dry incredibly quickly, which is particularly helpful for kitchen towels that typically need to be used repeatedly within a short time span.
For those concerned with the well-being of the planet, you’ll be happy to know that hemp crops are considerably more sustainable than cotton crops. Growing the fiber used to make hemp towels takes significantly less water and doesn’t require pesticides or chemical fertilizers to succeed. Hemp has a deep root system that helps to prevent soil erosion, removes toxins, provides a disease break, and aerates the soil to the benefit of future crops.
Hemp Vs. Cotton, From Mother Nature’s Point Of View
Hemp has few natural predators and it grows well without herbicides, fungicides, or pesticides. The production of cotton, on the other hand, consumes about 25% of all pesticides used on American crops. Some of these chemicals are among the most toxic classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In fact, when it comes to soil, hemp is a great phytoremediator. This means it has the ability to concentrate elements and compounds from the environment and to metabolize various molecules in their tissues. It has the natural ability to bioaccumulate, degrade, or render harmless contaminants in soils, water, or air. Toxic heavy metals and organic pollutants are the major targets for phytoremediation.
Hemp is also a very land efficient crop. On a per acre basis, hemp yields 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax, without the need for toxic chemical pesticides and fertilizers. It can also grow and leave almost no carbon footprint.
Industrial hemp uses the sun’s energy to convert atmospheric CO2 into hydrocarbons and water. This absorbed CO2 is only released back into the atmosphere when hemp is composted or burned. According to a July press release from NoCo Hemp Expo, each ton of hemp removes 1.63 tons of CO2. The state of Colorado alone has planted over 8,700 acres of hemp, “resulting in an average of 10 tons per acre of carbon dioxide being removed from our atmosphere.”
Hemp fibers are one of the longest, natural, soft fibers. They are longer and stronger than cotton with eight times the tensile strength and four times the durability of cotton. Hemp fibers are also more absorbent, more mildew-resistant, and more insulative than cotton. This means that hemp will keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer than cotton.
Where To Buy Hemp Towels
It can be somewhat difficult, and at times a little more expensive, to acquire hemp towels because the fiber has to be imported into the United States from other countries. The most expensive, top-of-the-line hemp towel we’ve seen is $69 for a 30’X50’ bath towel. Others can be shopped at Amazon and even Target. A simple online search will give you various options.
Due to hemp being a part of the Cannabis sativa family, American authorities are concerned with allowing the growth of hemp, despite the fact that hemp plants contain only traces of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Still, despite the potentially higher cost of hemp towels, their benefits outweigh any extra price.
Hemp Towel Care
Special cannabis hemp towels require special care. Make sure you set the machine to “warm” or “cold”, and use the gentle cycle separately from other garments. Try your best to only use mild, biodegradable detergent. Never use bleach, but oxygen whiteners are OK. Keep the hemp towels in a mesh garment bag, and dry them the old fashioned way: hang or lay flat to dry. Don’t use the machine to dry. Steam iron at linen settings, if desired.