[Sh1] Hemp textiles in the UK

AUTHOR: Anna Holden

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CROSSLINKS:

Database:
[Ec1][Ec2][In1]
[In2]
Prototypes:
[Hw]
Scenario Games: Action Plan:
[AP1]
External

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ACTORS/AGENTS
Bio Regional Development Group

Hemcore

UK Farmers

Local Retailers

Shop staff

Factory workers
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DESCRIPTION

Hemp (Cannabis sativa) could be an important crop enabling the production of environmentally-friendly, locally produced, high quality textiles. Hemp is a traditional fibre crop which for centuries was important in meeting our needs for textiles, paper and oils. It is easy to grow organically, that is, without a need for artificial pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers, so it can make an important contribution to a sustainable future. Currently the bulk of our demand for textiles is met by cotton and synthetics, both of which have serious environmental problems associated with them.
The once major hemp textile industry has now completely disappeared from the western world. Bioregional Development Group have been investigating the potential for reviving hemp and flax cultivation and integrated processing to produce textiles, paper, particleboard and oils on a sustainable basis in their bioregion, The Weald of Surrey, Kent and Sussex in Southern England.


http://www.ukcia.org/industrial/hemptextilesinbritain.html
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RESEARCH AGENDA
Possibility of growing hemp in the UK and manufacturing it into textiles which can be made and sold within the same building.

Aim to reduce air miles associated with cotton import and hence reduce co2 emissions.

Aim to provide the whole of Beckton with their average yearly quantity of clothing which will be made on site.