Top 10 Celebrities Using Hemp Clothing
Hemp clothing has gone through incredible changes over the years; from scratchy and stiff hemp clothes to more stylish yet comfortable apparel. This paved the way for hemp to join the serious fashion league.
Prominent designers like Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren have made hemp clothing a part of their regular collections. Even sports brands like Patagonia and Nike use this multipurpose plant to produce their athletic wear.
Going eco-friendly was once considered boring but times are changing and people have come to terms with a sustainable life. Hemp is the answer to that, making it a rapidly growing trend in a sustainable fashion.
Why celebrities are the driving force towards sustainable clothing?
The Manufacture of nylon, the most well-known synthetic fiber, began in 1935. It is light, durable, and provides plenty of warmth at a fraction of the cost of wool. Overnight cardigans were thrown away, and polyester windcheaters took over.
We live in a world of glamorous entertainment with celebrities that we relate to or admire. It is human nature to follow in the footsteps of the one admired. These celebrities heavily influence us and while some do not understand this; others take being a celebrity seriously.
Climate change is a very real problem and some are willing to stand and fight for this planet. The United States Department of Agriculture released their 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum that covered cotton.
Cotton as we know is not a sustainable choice as it requires far more water and cares to survive than hemp does. The Outlook laid out the stats for consumption and production of cotton in the world.
Even with all the proof in place, world cotton consumption increased by 0.9% in 2018-19. The consumption rate is at the highest level since 2007-08. This is where the celebrities come in to vouch for a sustainable livelihood to encourage their followers to accept this change.
The United States recorded 14.1 million acres were used for planting cotton in the year 2018-19. Out of the planted acres, only 10.5 million acres of cotton were harvested in the same year. Imagine the amount of water and pesticides polluting the earth because of this production.
The harms of cotton are echoing across the country, leading to a number of places reducing their cotton production. However, Brazil has increased production while China has kept the same pace.
Celebrities across the planet are endorsing sustainable fashion in hopes that it can stop the cycle of use and throw. Here are some famous people going green with hemp clothing:
1. Livia Firth
Co-founder and Creative Director of Eco-Age Livia Firth also founded the acclaimed Green Carpet Challenge (GCC). The challenge pushed celebrities to wear sustainable clothes making the red carpet metaphorically green.
In 2011, Colin Firth hosted the Met Ball in New York and his wife Livia donned the carpet in an eco-friendly dress and a detachable hemp skirt. Ever since she initiated the GCC, Livia has only worn clothes from ethical and eco-friendly labels.
2. Emma Watson
We all cherish the legendary story of Harry Potter as well as the perfect portrayal of Hermoine Granger by actor Emma Watson. She has been in the limelight for a long time and each year she fights harder to make the earth a better place to live.
At the 2016 Met Gala, Watson wore a dress made out of recycled plastic bottles and organic silk. The actor has gone on to designing sustainable clothes for fashion brands like People Tree. With the help of Italian designer Alberta Ferretti, Emma created an organic hemp clothes line titled Pure Threads.
3. Willie Nelson
Country musician Willie Nelson has been soothing us with his catchy tunes for years. It is no secret that Nelson is an avid hemp follower. Back when hemp was misunderstood, Nelson created the Willie Nelson Hemp Collection.
The line consisted of T-shirts, ball caps, and fanny packs, all made from hemp. The main agenda of this company was to inform people about hemp clothing in 1992. For the launch of the company, goody bags were made with 100% hemp caps accompanied by pro-hemp literature.
These hemp gifts were sent to dozens of influential people including president-elect Bill Clinton. However, the products were peddled through Nelson’s concerts as no mainstream retail company showed interest back then.
4. Seth Rogen
Comedy actor Seth Rogen is part of the Canopy Growth clan. Canopy Growth is a cannabis company that sells hemp clothes among other cannabis products. Rogen teamed up with the company to work on his own cannabis company called Houseplant.
Rogen is one of many celebrities who have partnered with Canopy Growth to promote sustainability.
5. Michael Fassbender
The star villain from the X-men films, Michael Fassbender is actually a real-life superhero. He relentlessly supports sustainable fashion in his career and personal life. The actor grabs every opportunity he gets to promote the value of hemp clothes for a healthy lifestyle.
6. Woody Harrelson
Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson has always been on the green side of things. He spoke about being vegan and his work as an animal rights activist and environmentalist. To show his support for the hemp plant, the actor wore a hemp tux for the 1997 Golden Globe Awards.
Harrelson walked the red carpet in a dyed hemp tuxedo designed by Giorgio Armani. His spouse Laura Louie and the ‘People vs Larry Flynt’ director Milos Forman also dressed in hemp. The three posed for pictures in hopes to spark the green revolution.
Sadly back in ‘97, many were misinformed about the hemp plant and its uses. The mainstream media called it the perfect definition of a smoking jacket. Hemp is a type of marijuana plant but has a threshold limit of 0.3% THC. The only thing hemp cannot do is get you high!
7. Martha Stewart
This American celebrity has shown her undying support for the cannabis plant more than once. Stewart has now joined the Canopy clan for her line of CBD-infused products. The company Canopy Growth released a hemp T-shirt with Marth Stewart’s signature to mark their collaboration.
8. Snoop Dogg
Rapper Snoop Dogg is no stranger to the unlimited benefits of the cannabis plant. He has also decided to collaborate with Canopy Growth for his own line titled Leafs By Snoop. This world-famous musician is dedicated to living a sustainable and eco-friendly existence.
9. Tommy Chong
From the hilarious movies Cheech and Chong, Tommy is a sworn advocate for the marijuana plant. In fact, Chong was the first American to have a medical marijuana license card. The comedian has slowly branched out to hemp and CBD-infused products.
Chong has been selling a number of hemp products over the years. He has added hemp fabrics not only to his product line but also to his personal use.
10. Stella McCartney
Fashion designer and Paul McCartney’s daughter Stella pulled her own weight up the ladder of success. Her strong personality to find her own name pushed her towards a sustainable livelihood.
She took the stage to voice out the importance of waste and pollution caused by fabric production. The fashionista has successfully incorporated hemp clothes into her fashion line. Stella is adamant to keep the production of her clothes’ line eco-friendly from start to finish.
A Hope For A Greener Life
Hemp has proven time and again that it is one of our strongest forces against climate change. Only 1% of clothes are recycled while the rest is wasted due to poor durability. Hemp is far more durable than any other fabric and does not wear out or shrink like cotton.
The production of hemp fabrics in the U.S. is expected to increase in 2018-19. Statistics by the U.S. Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) records America imported hemp textiles worth $1.9 million in 2017. The data of the same year shows the U.S. also imported 312 tons of hemp yarn.
With the 2018 Hemp Farm Bill, America is scaling towards being the biggest hemp fabric importers in the world. Here’s to hoping all the influencers like the ones above take a greener step towards sustainability.