Next up in our mini workshop series about sustainable fabrics are hemp and jute. Like linen, hemp and jute are bast fibres and naturally sustainable. These fibres grow well on land unsuitable for food production and may help re-cultivate soils polluted with contaminants such as heavy metals.
Jute is a fabric, not so commonly used in fashion yet and therefore quite innovative. The benefits of jute are that the fabric is very resistant, water repellent and anti bacterial. ‘Perfect for shoes’ must have been what Veja thought when they decided to use natural jute in its newest Arcade sneakers. Check out its jute upper in our online shop.
Hemp is one of the world’s strongest natural fibres. Hemp enriches rather than depletes the soil by shedding its leaves throughout the season, creating rich compost. Insects don’t bug the hemp plant so it doesn’t need pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers and uses very little water. Hemp yarn is firm and though, making it the perfect fabric for bags, jeans and jackets.