Why hemp clothes make sense
Hemp clothing feels good and is good for our planet.
- It does not shed micro-plastics into our water supply.
- It’s naturally antimicrobial and passes the sniff test longer.
- It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly and breathes well.
- It takes dye easily and retains color well.
- It's very durable, holds up to repeated washings and never needs dry cleaning.
- It resists mold and mildew.
- Hemp grows softer and softer, the more it's washed and worn.
We handcraft our Swallowtail Top and Flip Skirt in the U.S. using hemp/Tencel that’s easy to wear and care for.
Hemp's good for our soil and water
Hemp grows fast and needs little irrigation, pesticides or herbicides. Its deep roots anchor and aerate the soil in which it’s grown. Hemp produces more fiber per acre than trees, cotton or flax (linen).
Hemp is much kinder to the Earth than conventionally grown cotton. Like hemp, cotton is a natural fiber, but it’s doused in pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers. Conventional cotton poses threats to health, water and agricultural-worker safety.
Dig deeper: The dirt about our closetsYou’ll feel unencumbered wearing our hemp/Tencel Tuxedo Top and Stovepipe Pants that also go easy on our Earth.
Hemp clothes are easy to care for
Pre-shrunk hemp fabric like Sympatico's handles hot wash water and clothes dryers without issue. But of course, washing in cold water and air drying are best, and our fabric responds beautifully to both, making it a great travel choice.
If you do get a stain on your hemp clothing, put some laundry soap on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes before washing. That usually does the trick.
Depending on its fabrication and your standards, your hemp clothes may need a touch-up with a hot iron. As the hemp grows softer with laundering and wear, though, ironing becomes less critical, even for those of us who are more particular. Wrinkles in Sympatico's hemp/Tencel fabric can usually be dealt with by simply spritzing them with water. Again, a good reason to take Sympatico along on your next adventure.