- Comfortability And Endurance
Cotton: There’s no denying that cotton is one of the most comfortable fabrics we’ve known until now. It gradually gets softer after every wash and comes a point when we don’t want to wear anything else other than that soft piece of clothing. However, when your cotton fabric reaches that softest phase, the fibers are already broken giving a ragged feel to the fabric. So yes, comfortable but with lesser endurance.
Hemp: Hemp is a strong fiber and is as natural as cotton is. Similar to cotton, clothes tailored from hemp fibers get softer with each wash but the process is rather a slow one. Comfortable in every sense, hemp clothes beat cotton in endurance with the tensility and strength of its fibers. Repeated washes don’t affect hemp as much as it affects cotton making hemp a stronger fabric with the same level of comfort.
- Moisture Wicking Ability
Cotton: If there’s anything prime for which cotton is chosen over any other fabric then it’s the breathability factor. Cotton eliminates the odor from the body by wicking all the moisture. It is the most suitable pick for summers because of its appreciable breathability.
Hemp: Now, being a natural fiber, it almost gives a challenge to the cotton fabrics on breathability and wicking off the moisture from the body. However, there’s one downside with hemp fabrics- It cannot hold off the odor. Cotton just scored one here but let’s not get ahead! There’s one more property which can make hemp a star here- It has antibacterial properties which cotton doesn’t have. This means cotton entertains the growth of molds, fungi, etc. more easily than hemp. Because this point can also help us with the health of our skin, hemp wins here as well!
- Environmental Factors
Cotton: 1400 gallons of water! That’s how much you need to produce every pound of cotton. That’s a lot! The countries which are the prime producers of cotton are losing the reservoirs of freshwater and are heading towards desertification. Moreover, the use of pesticides is a must for producing uninfected cotton fibers which in turn can be a hazard for our skin as well. Thus, cotton is a complete failure when it comes to preserving the environment.
Hemp: Hemp requires almost half the amount of water to produce the same amount of cotton. It grows fast which makes it ready for making fibers in much lesser time than cotton. Moreover, hemp produces 200–250% more fiber than cotton cultivated in the same land stretch. And because hemp is a self-sustaining plant, there’s no need for pesticides making it a completely environment-friendly option for clothing.
The cannabis revolution has certainly helped us medically, sustainably and economically.
Ever since Hemp production has received the go ahead, some of the 18th century uses of hemp are being put into practice by various industries like paper, fabrics, construction, skin products, etc.
However, I still have not found that Hemp in the clothing industry has really taken off.
After doing the research about the pro’s and con’s of Cotton Vs The pro’s and con’s of Hemp.
It’s obvious that Hemp is the winner both economically and sustainably.
I believe that more and more people will be diving into this industry, eyes peeled.