Why is hemp apparel best?

Have you heard about fabric made with hemp? If you’re enthusiastic about green products, you must have because it’s one of the best things that happened to environment-friendly textiles. Backpacks made using hemp are just one of its numerous derivatives that you should consider using. But why? What makes them so good and more importantly, why should you be using hemp backpacks? To find out, read what we have to say and by the end, you’ll definitely be motivated to buy a hemp backpack. That’s for sure! Let’s take a look.

What really is hemp?

Hemp belongs to the family of Cannabis sativa plants. Environment-conscious manufacturers are increasingly evaluating its use in making textiles, construction material, foods, oils and a lot more. Its fibrous stalk grows quite tall with minimal THC levels. Hemp’s use as fabric is just one of its numerous other applications.

Photo up close of a hemp plant

How is Hemp in fabric used?

Apart from being a self-sustaining product harvested organically and enhancing the soil it takes root in, hemp in fabric is durable, strong and efficient too. Not only that, hemp is amazingly soft for your skin and is very comfortable and good for you to use, not just from the environment perspective, but for your body as well. This is why a huge portion of hemp applications are invested in apparel. It’s more or less still a part of the popular cannabis subculture that regard the cannabis plants very fondly mostly because of its connection with recreational drugs like marijuana etc. A cannabis lover with a hemp backpack hanging over the shoulders is only appropriate, right? Here are some other ways in which manufacturers use hemp fabrics and garments:

  • Children’s clothing, shirts, dresses and pants
  • Upholstery
  • Tablecloth
  • Bedroom fabrics like blankets, bedsheets and duvets.
This photo shows a close-up of the same material, the vertical darker strands being the hemp fibers, and the horizontal lighter colored strands being the cotton fibers
In this close-up photo of the backpack, the cotton strands are the lighter colored ones (horizontal) and the hemp strands are the vertical, darker ones.

Why are hemp backpacks better?

Hemp backpacks are miles ahead of their cotton counterparts. Why? There are a lot of reasons. For starters, the liquid absorption rate of hemp is higher than cotton helping the color to stay on the bag for a longer time. Its porous structure makes it lightweight too. Here are some of the reasons why you should buy a hemp backpack:


Hemp fabrics have almost 3 times more tensile strength than cotton, making it more durable despite being lightweight.

Resistance to weather changes

Hemp doesn’t let mold grow and repels harmful UVs, making it a great choice for outdoors.


There are products available that combine the properties of hemp and other fabrics like silk, cotton etc. Such blends provide versatility to the quality of hemp backpacks.


Unlike cotton, hemp doesn’t require a lot of water for growing up. In fact, it takes 1/20th times less water to grow hemp than it takes to grow cotton while producing around 10 tons of cellulose every year in a smaller timeframe.

Photo of a hemp field


Farmers need a very small amount of time to yield a big hemp harvest without investing in fertilizers or pesticides. The process of producing them is also easily renewable after every 2 or 3 years, providing more fiber and oxygen for every acre than trees themselves.

Photo of a hemp field

For this backpack, I chose to have cotton mixed with hemp for even more softness and a tighter weave. The durability of this material is high.

This photo shows how the external material of the backpack looks like
This is the outside material of the backpack,
a blend of cotton and hemp that is very durable, breathable and washable.

Despite the light color, this backpack does not get dirty easily. I wear it for months before I have to wash it.


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