Though we all love to shop, the fashion industry is arguably one of the largest negative impacts on the environment today. In turn, a movement of consumers and new brands alike began to seek out sustainable, eco-friendly alternatives to the everyday pieces we know and love. Today, learn about Jungmaven, an earth-friendly brand centered on using hemp as the primary material.
Founder Robert Jungmann attended Central Washington University in the Pacific Northwest and spent a lot of his free time camping in the surrounding woods. There, he saw firsthand the devastating effects of deforestation and began seeking out other sources of material. Back in the classroom, he learned that the hemp plant, unlike a regular a tree which can take decades to grow back, regenerates in only a few months. So, he set off to bring hemp to all and it now serves as the basis of Jungmaven’s brand.
But what makes hemp such a sustainable option? Of course, how quickly the plant can regenerate helps to keep air quality but there is so much more. For starters, the plant requires no irrigation, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or GMOs in order to grow resiliently. It’s also naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and insects and is moisture wicking. Like any plant, hemp reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but hemp does so at a much higher rate. It’s also proven to reduce soil toxicity, and has been planted around the Chernobyl site to reduce any effect.
Hemp has been used for centuries and dates all the way back to ancient Mesopotamia and has been recorded in being used to make clothing, rope, paper, building materials, foods and biofuel to name a few. The textile’s longstanding history goes to show how we should be incorporating it into our lives when we can. So next time you need a tee, consider Jungmaven’s sustainable, hemp based tee.
Take a look at some of our favorite Jungmaven products below!
We also recently included a few of these products in this weeks 7 Days, 7 Styles. Check it out for how we styled it!
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