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Hemp – an often overlooked fiber choice

I have been making dog collars for a little over a year.  I test them on one of my 5 fur babies, and sometimes decide that the material choice wasn’t the best one.  Sometimes, I consider myself a pure genius.  😉  I like organic, environmentally friendly products.  So I started doing some research and came across bamboo and hemp.  Bamboo is a post for another day….. but I will say that if given a choice, bamboo knits would be the only ones I would ever buy or use.

Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable natural textile fibers.  It holds its shape well, and softens with time and use.  The fibers breathe and are biodegradable.  Hemp is a renewable resources, and grows more easily and quickly than trees.

Hemp has an obstacle because of its association with marijuana.  Hemp contains almost no THC, tetrahydrocannabinol – the psychoactive component in marijuana.  It is completely legal, and there are also huge health benefits to using hemp while cooking as it contains essential fatty acids and is second only to soybeans in protein content.

With all this said, I have made a choice to use hemp for dog collars.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t come already dyed, so I have to do it myself.  I am still working on that…. and just took out another batch from the second dye treatment.  Dyeing hemp is trickier than it looks.

three fourths raspberry hemp collar three fourths orange smooth hemp collar

There are two types of hemp webbing.  I call them “rough” and “smooth.”  Fancy, huh?  LOL


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