Hemp is a renewable, highly sustainable material. And it turns out, hemp is good for hats (really good). Read this, and you’ll always want one on your head.
Meet hemp, the cousin of the perhaps better-known marijuana plant. Unlike its relative, hemp is THC-free (that means you won’t get a high wearing any item of hemp clothing). And this durable, renewable plant just might make the best hat material you (and the planet) could ask for. Here’s what it’s all about:
What is a hemp hat?
Made from the fibers of the hemp plant, hemp hats offer a natural alternative to many synthetic materials. Hemp is a bast fiber, which means that the material is made from the stem of the plant. It’s been cultivated for thousands of years.
Because this material is surprisingly durable, UV resistant, and antimicrobial, it’s a perfect choice for hats. Hemp hats are usually made either from 100% hemp or mixed with mesh or other materials to create a more diverse design. New to the world of hemp? Check out these reasons to try a hemp hat for yourself.
Hemp is a sustainable and renewable resource
Hemp is a sustainable and renewable resource that requires minimal water and no pesticides to grow. It also has a short growth cycle, allowing for multiple harvests in a single year. This makes it a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional hat materials like cotton or polyester, which require large amounts of water and chemicals to produce. And, unlike synthetic materials, hemp is a renewable resource. That means that it will grow back year after year (we can’t say the same for fossil-fuel-based products). Because there aren’t chemicals used to grow or process hemp, this also means that you won’t have to worry about chemicals on your hat!
Beyond that, hemp is a 100% biodegradable material. When your hemp hat is no longer usable, it will break down into the soil. With a clean life cycle from start to finish, hemp offers a much more planet-friendly option. By choosing a hemp hat, you are not only benefiting yourself but also helping the planet.
Hemp hats are durable and long-lasting
Hemp fibers are known for their strength and durability, making them an ideal material for hats. Many people think that natural materials are less durable than other options, but hemp proves that wrong. In fact, hemp is even stronger than steel! Hemp hats can withstand wear and tear, making them a long-lasting accessory that can be worn for years to come.
Additionally, hemp fibers become softer with use, making your hat even more comfortable over time. But, because it’s so strong, hemp won’t lose its shape in the way that cotton or straw hats might. If you pick a hemp hat, chances are that you’ll have an accessory for many years to come.
Hemp is hypoallergenic and breathable
Hemp fibers are naturally hypoallergenic, making them a great choice for those with sensitive skin or allergies. For those that fear the itchiness of wearing a hat, this natural solution is perfect. And, thanks to the fact that the crop is naturally resistant to pests, you won’t have to worry about any chemical residue touching your head.
Additionally, hemp is a highly breathable material, allowing air to circulate and keeping your head cool and comfortable. When hemp is paired with mesh, you’ll be comfortable in any environment. This makes hemp hats a great choice for outdoor activities or hot weather. Say goodbye to uncomfortable, sweaty, hats and hello to the natural comfort of a hemp hat.
Hemp is antimicrobial
Wouldn’t it be nice if your favorite hat kept itself fresh? Thanks to the antimicrobial properties of hemp, that dream can be a reality. Studies show that the hemp plant is naturally antimicrobial. It can fight off dangerous microbes like E.Coli. What does this mean for your head? Instead of dealing with “anti-funk” chemicals, a hemp hat will naturally fight off the bacteria that cause unwanted smells. Your hat will be less likely to smell sweaty or musty, even if you use it for activities like fishing and hiking.
And, you won’t have to sacrifice style
When you’re making an eco-friendly choice, you often have to give up something. But with this material, the sky is the limit! Hemp is an incredibly versatile material that allows for many styles of hats. Its natural color is attractive and neutral, making it a great pick for many clothing colors. Plus, hemp hats bridge the gap between function and style. Their durable enough for all-day use in the outdoors, and they’ll be at home at an event or gathering, too. The laid-back yet put-together look and feel of this material is a perfect choice for waterside living or travel!
Will a hemp hat shrink?
When cared for properly, a hemp hat should not shrink. Using only cold water, air drying, and most importantly, aiming to spot-treat a hemp hat for any stains, will help it keep its original shape. Hemp is about four times stronger than cotton, so it holds its shape better. But, it’s still a natural fiber. So at the most, you can expect a hemp hat to shrink by 3% to 5% if it’s submerged in water.
Can hemp hats get wet?
Ideally, your hemp hat will not get wet. If you need to clean your hat, brush it with a stiff brush. And if you need, spot-treat any stains with a wet cloth and a bit of natural soap. Every hemp hat style has slightly different reactions to water, so it’s best to check with the manufacturer before putting any water on your hat.
So, is hemp good for hats?
We sure think so! Hemp is a durable (yet completely biodegradable) alternative to synthetic fibers that contribute to microplastic pollution. Plus, it's UV resistant, breathable, naturally antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic. What else could you ask for in a hat material?
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