An Innovative Mix of Nature’s Cleverest Renewables.
What is SHEMP™?
The SHEMP™ brand is an innovative mix of nature’s cleverest renewables, wool and hemp fiber, resulting in a USA produced worsted textile yarn with unique performance, appearance, and environmental properties. The innovative idea of combining wool and hemp versus the more common cotton and hemp, has been validated by experts at multiple levels.
The story behind the development of The SHEMP™ Yarn Company Inc. brand, SHEMP™, began as a group of wool industry producers and supporters from the American Sheep Industry and the American Wool Council initiated a discussion on the challenges to finding new uses for wool to develop new economic enterprises.
The United States imported $1.9 million worth of hemp textiles in 2017 and 312 tons of hemp yarn, valued at $2.7 million, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel. Retail sales of hemp textiles in 2016 were about $96.3 million, according to a report from the Hemp Industries Association.
Wool is a breathable, durable, flexible, anti-microbial and non-synthetic product. There is no more versatile or reliable choice for all-season comfort, protection, and performance. The wool life cycle is as earth friendly as can be. Sheep grow a coat or “fleece”, which is sheared in the spring. This doesn’t harm the sheep, involves zero chemicals, uses very little energy, and produces no harmful by-products or emissions.
Why wool & hemp?
Natural yarnBlending hemp and wool will ensure a softness, AND simultaneously create garments that are more eco-friendly and sustainable in today’s environmentally conscientious markets.
Abundance of woolWool is abundant, and underutilized. Wool is soft and wrinkle resistant. Wool is ‘naturally-manufactured’ through inputs including sunlight, water and grass. It renews itself every 12 months as sheep regrow their fleece.
Strength of hemp
Hemp is hypoallergenic and strong, 3x stronger than cotton. It is also anti-microbial and UV resistant. Hemp grows like a weed and produces one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics out there.