SHEMP™ is a revolutionary yarn that, when used to create textiles, reduces the enormous environmental impact of the textile industry. Wool is one of the most sustainable and under-utilized fibers available on the market, and hemp requires less water, land area, and pesticides to thrive. Together, they create a much more versatile and sustainable yarn.
The fibers in SHEMP yarn are strong and versatile enough to stand up to a variety of applications. Wool can be rugged enough for crates or soft enough for babies, and hemp can be used to make more than 25,000 different products.
The combination of wool-hemp yarns enhances the natural flame retardancy of wool by helping to form a strong fire barrier. Wool Hemp yarns when made into fabrics don’t need any chemical treatments or backcoating.
Wool is a bad conductor of heat, meaning it doesn’t allow much of your natural body heat to pass through it. This helps you to retain the warmth your body is already producing.
From skiing in the Rockies to running in the Navajo desert, using SHEMP yarn in exercise and outdoor apparel will have a major impact on the performance and health of the body. In comparison, cotton just absorbs water.
Wool and hemp are biodegradable and easy to recycle or destroy once we’re done with them. They’ll naturally breakdown in both soil and landfills within just a few years, whereas synthetic fibers, such as polyester, take hundreds of years to decompose. And for more good news, they do not leave any pollutants behind!
Hemp restores essential nutrients to the soil it grows in. Sheep encourage grass to grow, helping to pull more carbon dioxide from the air. One acre of grassland and hemp combined remove more than 6.25 tons of carbon dioxide per year, as opposed to the 4.5 metric tons of carbon your car puts out each year!
Both wool and hemp are naturally breathable fibers, meaning they allow air to pass through them. Breathability like this makes SHEMP yarn a great option for layers that are worn next to the skin, unlike synthetic fibers that trap air.
Wool and hemp are both infinitely renewable resources. As long as we have sunlight, a little earth, fields of grass, and water, we can keep producing these fibers!
In addition to wool being one of the most durable natural fibers on the planet, it is also resistant to breakage and very elastic. Hemp is the perfect counterpart to wool given that it’s one of the most durable plant fibers around.
People want clothing that will keep them warm, dry and comfortable. Breathability and absorbency are both important factors, as is the safety of the material. SHEMP yarn delivers all these qualities and more.