H Æ N E P or hɛmp is an ancient plant. In fact, it’s one of the oldest cultivated crops on the planet. It has been in continuous use by human civilization since at least 10,000 years ago and carbon tests have actually suggested that the use of wild hɛmp dates as far back as 8000 B.C.
In England, H Æ N E P cultivation dates back to 800AD. In the 16th Century, Henry VIII encouraged farmers to plant the crop extensively to provide materials for the British Naval fleet. A steady supply of H Æ N E P was needed for the construction of battleships and their components.
In the 21st Century, thanks to disruptive, fibre technology innovation,
H Æ N E P represents the ultimate regenerative, renewable, biodegradable, fibre, yarn & textile produced with the cleanest eco-friendly processes & minimal carbon footprint to support sustainable development goals in the wider circular economy.
No water is required to irrigate hɛmp which makes it the ultimate regenerative crop for arid climates having little or no rain. The processing of hɛmp textile fibre also requires significantly less water usage and less CO2 emissions than traditional methods. Hɛmp has been scientifically proven to absorb more CO2 per hectare than any forest or commercial crop and is therefore the ideal carbon sink. In addition, the CO2 is permanently bonded within the fibre.
No harmful chemical fertilisers are used to grow hɛmp and traditionally hɛmp has also been grown to remove toxic metals and stabilize the soil in regions where there is a high chance of soil erosion. Only the cleanest refining processes produce
H Æ N E P textile fibres, yarns and fabrics.
Hɛmp is found growing wild in many parts of the world and doesn't require any insecticides or pesticides. It is biodiversity friendly in terms of species numbers and in competition of nutrients with wild land.
0 MICRO PLASTICS
Hɛmp textile fibre is 100% natural, bio-degradable & recyclable which means no harmful micro plastics are released in to landfill, water systems or oceans.
H Æ L A B is an industry R&D collaboration to create the ultimate re-generative, re-newable, re-cyclable, bio-degradable hɛmp textiles made with low environmental impact fibres. We invite collaborations from proprietory textile technical partners, spinners, weavers, manufacturers, academic bodies & designers.