fCotton has done enough harm. Hemp is a far superior choice of fabric for your underwear. Here are 9 reasons to ditch other subpar fabrics.
Find yourself buying undergarments multiple times a year? Being a shopaholic may not be the only explanation.
Maybe your underwear wears out too soon. Or it doesn’t look as nice or feels as comfortable as when you first bought it.
Yes, time has a way of aging things. But wouldn’t it be sensible to use materials that stand the test of time? A material that doesn’t hurt the environment maybe?
Personally, I would like to not have to worry about my knickers damaging the planet or my wallet.
That is why I switched to hemp.
Hemp underwear lasts a long time unlike cotton, and it doesn’t damage the environment as synthetic fibers do. And the undergarment industry needs to take cognizance of this fact.
If you ask what is the most comfortable material for underwear, I would say hemp.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Let me prove it to you.
Your Regular Cotton Undies Fall Short In These Ways
Undergarments are synonymous with cotton. Having used it for 7000 years, we can’t imagine our lives without cotton.
Yes, cotton has long been used to make underwear for men and women. But just because something has been around for ages doesn’t mean it is the best we can do as a civilization. It also isn’t necessarily the right choice for the world we inhabit today.
Just because our Victorian-era predecessors chilled in cotton undergarments doesn’t mean we have to stick to the tradition in the 21st century.
It’s time to give up the laziness and update the undergarment industry for the better.
Your daily-use cotton undergarments disappoint you every day in ways you choose to overlook. It also damages the planet in ways you may not be aware of. So let me refresh your memory and update your general knowledge.
- Cotton Hogs Land And Water
As one of the most resource-hungry natural crops, cotton is extremely taxing on water and land. It is already causing water and land scarcity in India and other countries.
1kg of cotton takes an estimated 22,500 liters of water to produce. Only a pair of jeans or a t-shirt can be made with that much material.
You can drink that much water for over 12 years.
An average of 500 pounds of fiber is produced per acre of land cultivated. It takes around 3% of the world’s land to grow cotton. And even at that high land occupation, cotton is a low-yield crop. It provides two crops with a seasonal harvest.
- It Isn’t Kind To The Soil As A Crop
Over 16% of the world’s pesticides are utilized in cotton production. This essentially poisons the soil. Over time, the quality of soil degrades. Soil erosion is common on such lands.
Not to mention how harmful this amount of chemicals is for human beings. The poor farmers growing cotton for you are risking their health.
This chemical runoff also pollutes the nearby water bodies. Biodiversity is directly affected as a result.
- Cotton Undergarments WILL Wear Out Fast
Cotton is the flower of the crop. It is naturally soft and fragile.
Cotton’s softness is both its curse and boon.
While this is the quality that makes cotton so popular in the undergarment industry, it is also what makes cotton unfit for prolonged use.
If you have used cotton undergarments before you would know how fast cotton loses its shape. With multiple washes, it fades, gets holes and rips, and degrades in skin feel.
If an undergarment company promises longevity in their products, they’re most likely not using pure cotton. It is a blend of cotton and synthetic fibers. Let’s leave the environmental impact of artificial fibers for another day.
- Expect Dampness And Infections With Cotton Underwear
Cotton fiber retains moisture like a sponge. It isn’t resistant to pests and microorganisms either. The combination of these two factors is deadly.
Sweat will easily accumulate in cotton undergarments. If not stored and washed properly cotton can get mold, mildew, and rot easily.
But these are problems you can see with naked eyes. What about bacteria?
Bacteria and fungus thrive in cotton. And a damp atmosphere only promotes this possibility. Other than that, constant dampness in itself is pretty irritating.
- Cotton Products Add To Your Recurring Expenses
The previous points justify this one. Pure cotton undergarments will cost you a fortune simply because of the amount of resources cotton consumes during cultivation. And once bought and used, it will soon be time to buy a new one.
If you get used to cotton products, be prepared to hurt your wallet.
Cotton may be known as the fabric of our lives, but hemp is the fabric of the future. And we need to get on board with this change.
The Mind-blowing Pros Of Choosing Hemp Underwear
Cotton’s act is up! But you might be wondering if that is enough reason to switch to hemp. And you’re absolutely right; it is not.
Hemp’s qualities speak for themselves. And you may still be in the darkness about them.
It’s my job to enlighten you. So let’s get to business.
- You’ll Be (Passively) Undoing Global Warming
You must have learned at school that greenhouse effect and global warming are best pals.
Fair enough. But what can hemp do about it?
Hemp can absorb carbon dioxide from the air, which is a major greenhouse gas. As a carbon-negative plant, it doesn’t leave behind any carbon footprint.
Hemp reduces greenhouse effect which directly lowers global warming. And in purchasing more hemp products, you’ll be contributing to the same by encouraging and boosting the hemp industry.
- There Is No Pollution With Hemp
Air, water, land—hemp is a friend to all.
No part in hemp production releases toxic chemicals into the atmosphere. In fact, it absorbs harmful radiation. It doesn’t even need fertilizers or pesticides. So say goodbye to soil pollution and toxic water runoff.
Best of all, hemp rejuvenates the soil. It enriches the soil with nutrients and makes it fertile for any other crop.
- All Natural Resources Will Be Reserved
As a low-maintenance high-yield crop, hemp saves a ton of natural resources.
It is easy on the water and land requirements. With only 2300 liters of water, 1kg textiles can be produced. It also yields a whopping 1500 pounds of fiber per acre of land. That is a lot compared to any other fiber!
To put the cherry on the top, hemp can grow four times a year in the same soil. And except for Antarctica, it can grow anywhere.
While other natural fibers consume resources mercilessly, hemp gives back.
- You Don’t Need To Wash Your Underwear After Every Wear
Sounds a bit icky, but stay with me.
Anybody who has ever worn a pair of hemp underwear would agree on this. Unwashed hemp underwear neither smells funky nor gives you an infection.
Because hemp is antimicrobial and porous.
Sweat and other bodily fluids will easily evaporate due to hemp’s porous nature, and the bacteria they leave behind will be killed. No microorganisms can thrive on hemp.
The same applies to benefits for your skin and intimate hygiene. With hemp underwear, the chances of infections and irritations are minuscule.
- Expect To Feel Easy-Breezy Down There
Remember we talked about the dampness of your regular cotton underwear? Yeah, you don’t have to worry about that anymore.
Hemp is the best natural moisture-wicking fabric out there. It is great at absorbing all the sweat from your body. And thanks to its porous nature, the moisture will evaporate in moments.
Chub rub, redness, and all problems caused by moisture will be decreased significantly as well.
And as a bonus, hemp keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. So you would be comfortable all year round.
- Spend Once, Reap The Benefits For Years
Not going to lie to you—hemp undergarments are going to cost you more than other available options out there.
Weirdly enough, that is one of its biggest positives. Why?
Because that speaks of hemp underwear’s superior quality.
Hemp is an extremely strong and durable fiber. It would last you several years. Hemp has low elasticity, so it won’t shrink or expand no matter how much you wash it.
While other fabrics wear out, hemp wears in. It gets softer after every wash. You will not see any fiber degradation. That means no holes, rips, or rot. Only hemp’s awesomeness.
- Go Out Without Any Sunscreen
Hemp hates the sun as much as you do.
In other words, hemp has remarkable UV protection properties. It protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Hemp has a 50+ UPF rating.
So the next time you go to the beach, no need to awkwardly rub sunscreen on your private parts. Hemp will take care of it.
Due to this property, hemp garments don’t fade in the sunlight. They retain their vibrancy over time.
- You’ll Be Helping Poverty-Stricken Communities
Hemp is grown in many developing countries where it is the sole source of livelihood for the people involved.
In mountainous terrains, where other crops don’t grow well, hemp thrives. It yields all year round. This provides a stable source of income for the poor farmers. They don’t have to migrate to the cities anymore.
This is the story behind Hemp Foundation as well. The reason I delved into the hemp industry was partly for the benefits of hemp for the planet, and partly for what it can do for the local economy of the Indian Himalayan Region.
The hemp products you buy are woven by impoverished, marginalized women of these communities. They are empowered and paid fairly.
So every penny you spend makes a sizable difference in someone’s life.
- No Guilt When You Finally Discard It
Hemp is 100% biodegradable. It disintegrates within two weeks of disposal.
When you have reached a point where you have to throw out your hemp undergarments, you can do so with the reassurance that you’re not creating waste. No matter where hemp ends up, it won’t hurt a fly.
Hemp will soon become one with the Earth, where it came from.
Now you can compare and see for yourself that hemp underwear is better than cotton. In fact, hemp is good for underwear compared to all other existing fabrics.
You Deserve Better. Hemp Can Give You That!
Not that you’ll need much convincing after what you’ve just read, but in case you’re still on the fence, let me tell you one last thing — “we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”.
It is the principle I live by. It is also the founding principle of my company.
If you see some truth in this statement, choose hemp. Not just for undergarments, but for everything else you possibly can. Your children will thank you for it.