Fashion and Beauty
By Dominic Kilburn, Farmers Guardian
GROWERS still to make a final decision on cropping choice this spring, and those with a larger acreage to drill than originally planned for, could look to grow hemp under contract as an alternative to regular break crops.
With fast establishment and rapid growth, neither herbicides nor fungicides are required for growing hemp.
That’s according to East Anglian-based processing and marketing company Hemcore, which says that hemp can offer a competitive gross margin – characterised by high yields and low input – while providing additional benefits such as good weed control opportunities, fewer field operations and improved soils.
Richard Smart, who joined the company as fieldsman for the crop earlier this year, says that Hemcore is actively searching for farmers to grow the crop this spring following last year’s opening of a state-of-the-art factory in Halesworth, Suffolk – capable of a 50,000 tonnes per year throughput.
Demand for hemp being grown in the UK has been limited by processing technology and new and developing end markets, he says.
“Now, with established markets for the fibre in the automotive industry and domestic insulation, horse bedding and construction from the woody core of the stem, things are really moving forward both in the UK and Europe.
By Home Textiles Today Staff
At the New York Market – Trident Group has extended its towel offerings across several collections, all on display at their showroom in suite 909 at 295 Fifth Ave.
A collection called Magic is made using hemp and cotton fiber blends. Valued for its strength and durability, the natural fiber hemp is abundantly available in nature with negligible intervention of chemical inputs of fertilizers or pesticides.
The extra-absorbent, ultra-soft Magic towel line also resists mold and can withstand many washes, the company said.
The Q-Dry towel wicks away the moisture up to 30% faster than conventional towels, the Ludhiana, India-based Trident said. A “sustainable luxury,” Q-Dry conserves water and energy during its life cycle, due to its faster drying time.
Silver Fresh uses silver yarn in the base of the towel. The biologically active properties of silver ions offer lasting anti-microbial ability along with skin-enhancing gentleness by reducing static electricity and by extension, cutting down on dust and dirt retention. These properties do not diminish over time or use.
Nature-Pro is Trident’s all-new Cupro towel. Produced from cotton lint and down fiber which hitherto has been considered a waste, Nature-Pro has a natural sheen and softness. Trident calls Nature-Pro an example of its credo of “managing waste through smart innovation.”
By AKIKO KOGA, Kyodo News
KITAMI, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Despite the bad impression many have of hemp due to a perceived rise in marijuana use, the city of Kitami in Hokkaido is trying to create a buzz by cultivating the plant for its many industrial uses.
The plant is grown on a plot on a hill slightly outside the center of the city, which lies on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, and protected by a 2.7-meter-tall fence covered with grating.
Hidetaro Funayama, 58, represents a group involved in a city development project aimed at growing hemp without a narcotic component for the production of construction materials and "washi" paper.
He has been working on the cultivation of hemp since 2006 after visiting Germany, a nation considered to be advanced in processing hemp for industrial use, in 2003. He learned that Germans widely used the plant as an eco-friendly material and interior finishing material for deluxe automobiles.
Kitami's periphery is known as a natural growth area for hemp and Funayama said the plants keep growing no matter how many times local officials try to get rid of them.
The Hokkaido Prefectural Government recognized the land as a special place for the growth of hemp for industrial use last August in response to an application filed by the Kitami municipality.
Green-friendly fabrics may be expensive, but increasing consumer demand for the environmentally-correct now is forcing Asia's textile giants to go the extra mile to produce clean cloth.
In a sign of the times, at Paris' twice-yearly Texworld textile trade fair this week, around 60 of the 660 firms exhibiting from around the world flew the green flag, a sharp increase on previous sessions, organisers said.
In China, Bangladesh and India, the world's top textile producers, as well as in Pakistan, South Korea and Taiwan, natural fibres, organic yarns, fair trade practices and clean processing are creeping into an industry often chided for polluting soils, wasting water and employing child labour.
"We will be starting organic and fair trade by next year," said Sajedur Rahman Talukder, a marketing manager for Bangladesh's biggest textile-maker, Norman Group of Industries, whose tens of thousands of workers supply western firms such as Ikea.
"It is a market demand."
Eco-friendly fabrics, added South Korean firm Ludia, might currently be a niche product around 15 percent more expensive than run-of-the-mill textile, "but in two or three years the consumers will pay the difference."
"Eco-friendly is our key item, the market has changed," said a company manager.
A measure introduced by Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, would set up guidelines for the “growing, licensing, selling and processing of industrial hemp in the State of New Mexico.” House Bill 403 would spend $150,000. Of that, $100,000 would go to New Mexico State University to set up a seed bank and a seed certification so the program would meet the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The other $50,000 would go to the Department of Public Safety to set up a program related to the growth and sale of industrial hemp. The bill is before the House Business and Industry Committee.
Hispanic Affairs would be its own department
Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, is sponsoring a measure (Senate Bill 21) to set up an Hispanic Affairs Department. The measure appropriates $700,000 and would set up a 10-member Hispanic Affairs Commission. The measure, which has been introduced in the past, is pending in the Senate Finance Committee. Tuesday was Hispanic Culture Day at the Roundhouse.
• A measure that would enhance the felony sentences of public officials is set to be considered this morning by the Senate Rules Committee.
The bill (SB 141) would ramp up the penalties for public officials convicted of wrongdoing.
By Eco Textile News
An industrial hemp blended yarn has been successfully spun on conventional cotton ring-spinning equipment without modification and then knitted into jersey fabrics in trials sponsored by Hanesbrands Inc.
The hemp yarns were spun at North Carolina State University using fibres made with the ‘Crailar’ enzyme process from Naturally Advanced Technology, which uses enzyme technology to produce soft, comfortable textiles made from hemp and bast fibres that can better compete with cotton.
Tim Pleasants, Spun Yarn Lab Manager, NC State University, said, “We successfully carded and spun a blended Crailar yarn on our cotton ring spinning system. The resulting 20/1 Ne ring spun yarn was knitted into a 5-ounces per square yard jersey fabric. This is the first time in my 23-year yarn spinning career that I have seen hemp processed on conventional cotton spinning equipment.”
Earlier this summer, British Colombia-based Naturally Advanced Technologies (NAT) raised nearly US$2 million through a private placement of its shares and more recently signed a new promotional deal with Costco’s US stores.
by Charlie Mann,
The Viridis Luxe line of ethical fashion clothing is now available from www-fashion-conscience.com. The Viridis Luxe mission is to provide sustainable luxurious clothing to those who are making the choice to tread lightly on our planet, while continuing to enjoy fashion, luxury, and style. Viridis Luxe has reinvented one of the world's oldest cultivated fabrics, and launched a luxury brand of hemp clothing.
The Viridis Luxe aesthetic is the embodiment of effortless chic. Their signature organic fabric, exclusive to Viridis Luxe, is a revolutionary blend of the finest cashmere with long-fiber hemp. The Viridis Luxe line also includes exotic bamboo T-shirts and their exclusive sheer silk-hemp collection of jersey tops. Viridis Luxe is committed to making beautiful clothing using ethical, sustainable, eco-friendly methods.
With global warming and sustainable agriculture on everyone's mind, elegant clothing that benefits the planet is proving irresistible to celebrities like Amber Valetta, Uma Thurman, and Scarlet Johansson. They are just a few of the luminaries cosseting themselves this winter in enlightened luxury including lush wraps and sweaters adorned with the nifty VL embroidered logo. They are discovering the phenomenal qualities of hemp, and feel good about themselves as they enjoy this wonderful fabric which promotes a win-win situation.
BY TINA LIPTAI, The Standard
HEMP bags featuring artwork by Port Fairy pupils will hit the streets next week after the designs were unveiled yesterday.
The See Change In Port Fairy Project is a community initiative which aims to eradicate plastic bags from the town by offering a unique reuseable alternative. The bags were launched at the opening of the four-day Victorian Landcare Network Forum and community expo at Port Fairy's Victoria Hotel.
Every pupil from Port Fairy Consolidated and St Patrick's primary schools submitted artwork with an environmental theme as part of the project.
Project co-ordinator Genevieve Grant said the designs on the bags were chosen at random.
"I just picked up where the children from both schools were heading with their studies," Ms Grant said.
"It really is about the children passing on their knowledge to the community about sustainability and promoting a better understanding of how we should protect and look after our home, where ever we live."
The bag also features the See Change logo, designed by Port Fairy artist Ess Warmuth.
The bags will be officially launched when pupils from both schools march down the town's main street with banners and the bags on Monday from 11.45am.
By Press Release 365
PORTLAND, OREGON - Sue Augustyn Interior Design (SAID), a full-service design studio and retail showroom, today announced the launch of its new exclusive line of hemp bedding. The duvet covers (available in full/queen and king sizes) feature a simple, custom design and a clean look for the bedroom, all made from environmentally friendly fibers. The bedding is complemented by a line of hemp roman shades.
"Our customers are looking for specially designed products that are also good for the planet," said Sue Augustyn, principal of SAID. "Hemp provided the perfect canvas for creating our new line of bedding. By coupling this crisp, 'green' fabric with subtle design touches, anyone can create a room where they can actually feel good about going to sleep at night."
Hemp is a fast growing crop with a high fiber yield that doesn't require the use of pesticides. It also is beneficial to the soil as it suppresses weed growth, replenishes the earth with nutrients and nitrogen, controls the erosion of topsoil and actually can clean up toxins from the ground itself. In addition to its outstanding environmental benefits, hemp is strong, durable and resistant to mold and ultraviolet light.
By Thijs Westerbeek
Cotton cultivation is a disaster for the environment and the farmers who grow cotton don't see many benefits from their labour. However, if researchers at the Netherlands' University of Wageningen get their way, things will be very different in a few years' time thanks to the new varieties of hemp they have created.
There's a small field of hemp less than ten kilometres east of Wageningen, but it doesn't look very promising. The plants have all been chopped down and have been left, exposed to the elements, rotting on the ground.
Even though the hemp field doesn't look very prepossessing, the investigators from Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) are extremely pleased with the crop, as this new hemp variety may be able to break cotton's monopoly position as the textile crop of choice. Leaving the hemp to rot is simply part of the production process.
Visitors to Dr Ton den Nijs' office - a plant researcher at WUR - are invited to try on the jeans that are draped over the desk. At first glance, the jeans do not appear to be particularly unusual. However, the fabric is strong yet supple and once you have them on, they are remarkably comfortable.
The secret behind these jeans is that they are almost entirely made from hemp. It's not the hemp variety that you get high from but hemp as a fibre crop. The plant is doesn't contain a single milligram of THC, the main psychoactive substance found in hashish and marijuana.
By Dinna Chan Vasquez
The Body Shop has always believed that business has the power to make the right kind of difference in the world.
Over 50 percent of the companyâ€™s products contain Community Trade ingredients or are produced through the Community Trade program. The Body Shopâ€™s target for the year is an ambitious 65 percent. This program creates sustainable trading relationships with disadvantaged communities around the world and provides income to over 25,000 people across the globe.
Through the program, the company obtains sesame seed oil from Nicaragua, aloe vera from Guatemala, honey from an organic source in Zambia, shea butter from Ghana and bladderwack seaweed from Ireland.
How cool is it that your bottle of lotion helps provide a means of livelihood for communities?
In 2007, The Body Shop was the first company to have sourced sustainably harvested palm oil and introduce the ingredient into the beauty industry, working in partnership with a certified organic producer in Colombia.
Early this year, the introduced 100-percent post-consumer recyclate bottles while all polyethylene terephthalate or PET bottles contain a minimum of 30 percent recycled material, with a target to convert to 100 percent in the next 12 months.
The Body Shop also continues to raise awareness and funding for women affected by domestic violence. The Stop Violence in the Home campaign has run since 2003 and raised more than 2 million pounds.
Health: Skin churns out marijuana-like brain chemicals, Body's own cannabinoids help keep skin clear and healthySubmitted by restore on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 00:34
By Robin Nixon
Marijuana-like substances made by the skin are necessary for a healthy complexion, a new study concludes.
The skin has joined the growing club of organs that is known to produce "endocannabinoids" — the body's own reefer. The biggest producer of endogenous pot is the brain.
Significantly, the new study pins down long-suspected connections between brain and skin and between stress and zits.
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In the skin, explained lead researcher Tamás Bíró of the University of Debrecen, Hungary, these compounds help the sebaceous glands protect us from harsh outer elements, such as the drying effects of wind and sun. Cannabinoids are thought to have a similar role in the leaves of the marijuana plant.
Among its protective functions, "endo-pot" stimulates oil production and tells hair follicles to stop producing hair. Whether this explains the plethora of pimples and receding hairlines at Grateful Dead concerts (or those of former band members) has not yet been determined.
The research, funded mostly by the Hungarian and German governments, will be detailed in the October 2008 issue of The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal.
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