Saturday, July 5, 2008

Not a Plastic Bag

I just knit this Market Bag from hemp - my first experience with yarn made from hemp. I read up a little on it and found it is a fantastic renewable resource. "It needs no pesticides or herbicides when it is being grown because it is unpalatable to insects and grows too fast for any weeds to compete. It can grow in just about any climate or soil condition which makes it great to re-claim otherwise unuseable land. It also offers a sustainable fuel for the future"

They are also make clothing from hemp - "it's cool in the summer and warm in the winter, it can be washed and dried with out degradation to the fiber and actually becomes softer the more it is washed. It also naturally repels up to 90% of UV rays!"

(source: Lanaknits)

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