When it comes to underwear, hemp has got you covered! Knickers, pants, boxers, underpants, panties, trunks, briefs – there are lots of words for underwear, and they are undoubtedly an essential item in everyone’s wardrobe. Underwear is perhaps our most-worn item of clothing. They are the items that we use every day and therefore we all want our underwear to be good quality, reliable and comfortable. With hemp underwear, you can have all of this, and make a difference to the health of our planet as well!
The most popular choice of material for mens or womens underwear is cotton, or a mix of cotton and synthetic fibres, but we’re here to tell you that there is another even better option for underwear; hemp! Hemp underwear is made from hemp fabric, this can be either 100% hemp or often a mix of hemp and organic cotton. Hemp fabric is created by using natural fibres from the industrial hemp plant, woven or knitted together to form a fabric similar to cotton or linen. Gone are the days of the rough scratchy textiles that used to be associated with hemp, modern day hemp fabrics are just as soft as cotton, with a wide range of benefits that cotton lacks.
Read on below to discover 7 reasons to make the switch to hemp underwear.
1. It's Good For The Environment!
Hemp plants are great for the environment. They require absolutely no chemicals to grow, and can be grown organically almost anywhere on Earth. They absorb more CO2 in their short lifetime than any other crop or forest. They help to prevent soil compaction and aerate the soil thanks to the large tap root system. They also bind the soil together preventing soil erosion, leaving the soil in a better condition for whichever crops come after them. Hemp plants also require less space than many other crops, yielding more fibre per acre thus saving space for other agricultural crops to be grown. Hemp plants also require far less water than other crops such as cotton.
Did you know that the cotton industry accounts for 25% of all agricultural chemicals used worldwide? These include, but are not limited to, chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and defoliants. The chemicals leach into the soil, and are washed into the local waterways causing pollution. The toxic chemicals are also not good for the workers tending the fields. Chemicals used in cotton cultivation have been associated with causing cancer, leukemia, reproductive issues and sometimes death. So now you can see why we prefer hemp over cotton, every time!
2. It's Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antifungal
The reason that hemp is so good at growing without pesticides or fungicides is that it is naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal. These properties stay true even after the plants are harvested and processed into clothing. This means that your womens or mens hemp underwear stays fresher for longer by actively destroying bacteria. It provides a layer of natural odour protection, and promotes healthy skin in a way that cotton can only dream of!
3. Hemp Underwear is Thermodynamic
Hemp underwear is thermodynamic. This means that the fabric actually helps to regulate your temperature. The term “thermodynamic” is often associated with sportswear, or outdoor pursuits clothing. It is a clothing property that is much sought after as it keeps you warm when the environment is cool, and cool when the environment is warm. This ability to regulate temperature means that you’ll always be comfortable, whatever the weather!
4. Hemp Underwear is Moisture Wicking
Hemp underwear has natural moisture-wicking properties. This is another term that you will find associated with sportswear or activewear. It means that the fabric is good at wicking away moisture from the surface of the skin, so that it may evaporate more easily. As you can imagine, for athletes this is very important as you do not want your clothing saturated with sweat for the entire duration of your exercise. Clothing that is wet will lead to discomfort and irritability, it will also make you cold. The moisture wicking abilities of hemp mean that it is quick-drying, helping to keep you fresh and comfortable, even on the hottest days.
5. Hemp Underwear is Breathable
Hemp is a highly breathable fabric, very important when it comes to underwear. Maintaining healthy skin down there is helped massively by having a pair of breathable underwear. This coupled with the previously mentioned benefits (moisture wicking, antibacterial, thermodynamic) mean that your intimate health will be looked after in the absolute best way possible by your hemp underwear.
6. It's Strong and Durable
Hemp is the strongest natural fibre around, with 5x the tensile strength of cotton and 3x the durability! This means that your hemp underwear will still be useful for years after your cotton underwear has worn out. We’ve all had to say that sad goodbye to our favourite pair of underwear, and finally admit defeat after the 3rd or 4th hole appears in the fabric. Well, with hemp you are able to enjoy your favourite pair of underwear for much longer (and believe us, the hemp ones will become your favourite pair).
7. It Gets Softer With Time
As we mentioned earlier, modern hemp fabrics are comparable to cotton in their softness and comfort levels, but the great thing with hemp is that it actually gets softer with every wear and every wash. The favourite old saying is that “cotton wears out, but hemp wears in”. Like a fine wine, your hemp underwear will only get better with time, and since they are so durable, you are able to love them for longer as well, it’s all win-win with hemp!