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Hemp gets high eco marks

Kentucky tobacco farmers looking to make good use of their land are campaigning for their state to legalize the growing of hemp. Folks across the state can lower their eyebrows: It’s the stalks of the plant (not their intoxicating flowers) that are a valuable commodity. Among the many uses of hemp are to make fabrics that, like flax linen, are hard-wearing and versatile.

Online retailer Hemp Traders sings even greater praise for hemp fabrics, saying they keep wearers cool in summer, warm in winter and are smooth, strong and highly absorbent.

Hemp is eco-friendly too: Growing the plant requires no pesticides or herbicides.

Among the offerings at Hemp Traders are linen fabrics in several weights. The company says the fabric becomes softer with every washing.

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Interested in getting a feel for hemp? Order a swatch book here.

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