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Sustainability

The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it is the second-largest polluter in the world. With HENIM™ we work to significantly reduce the environmental damage

WATER 
POLLUTION

20% of Industrial water pollution comes from textile treatment and dying.

 

The Raw HENIM™ is kept in its natural form avoiding all the harmful treatments and dyes. In further developments, we pledge to avoid all form of harmful dyes and treatment 

WATER CONSUMPTION

85 % of the daily needs in the water of the entire population of India would be covered by the water used to grow cotton in the country. 100 million people in India do not have access to drinking water — Stephen Leahy, The Guardian.

 

The water footprint (WF) of hemp is less than one-third of the WF of cotton (10,000 l/kg vs. 2,719 l/kg). Not just this, hemp can produce 200-250% more fibre within the same land when you compare it with cotton.

MICROFIBRES IN OUR OCEANS

85% of human-made debris on the shorelines around the world are microfibres. 190,000 Tonnes of the textile microplastic fibre ends up in the oceans every year.

 

We use 100% organic hemp fibres in making of The Raw HENIM™to avoid adding textile microfibres to the oceans. 

CHEMICAL ADDICTION

Conventionally 1Kg of chemicals are required to make 1Kg of textile. Hemp does not require insecticides or pesticides like cotton. Cotton production uses 24% of insecticides and 11% of pesticides produced globally.

 

There is minimal use of agrochemicals which eliminates top-soil erosion caused due to logging. This would also lower the risk of pollution of water bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams, etc.

GREENHOUSE GASES EMISSION 

Switching to The Raw HENIM™would mean planting more Hemp plants which help the process of CO2 absorption from the atmosphere at a faster pace as compared to other trees.

 

After sourcing the fibres we produce the yarn on “Charkha” and turn it into a piece of fabric on the handloom. We employee craftsmanship vs industrial processes n making of The Raw HENIM™ as carbon negative. 

SOIL DEGRADATION & 
DESERTIFICATION

Hemp can grow easily in most soil types, it doesn’t deplete soil properties and can restore vital nutrients back to the soil. For example, farmers can regrow hemp on the same soil as well as plant hemp as a crop rotation process.

 

Hemp cultivate does not require chemical fertilisers like cotton as leaf shedding provides the soil with adequate fertilisation or pesticides because it is naturally pest resistant too.

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HENIM™ 

Fewer & Finer vs Fast Fashion

We treat our wardrobes as disposable. Studies on buying patterns reveal that the average consumer bought 60 per cent more clothing from 2000 to 2014, but kept each garment for only half as long. We don’t need more clothes. Our landfills don’t need more clothes. We need fewer finer vs fast fashion. In pursuit of this goal, we commit to create products responsibly, enable you to maximize their wear, we are working on partnerships to recycle every product through second life programs.

While many are concerned, the currently available sustainable fashion solutions are heavy on the pocket and require significant personal commitment. This is where HENIM™ steps in.

Making of HENIM™ 

with KHADI

We care deeply about how each product is made and its impact on the environment, and we have developed capacities to do more than 90% of the whole supply chain part inhouse and to support responsible production from raw material to finished good.

 

Our label HENIM™ is owned by Gujarat Khadi & Gramodhyog Trust regulated under KVIC, Government of India.  For a fabric to be called “KHADI”, it is essential that it has been made from “hand-spun” yarns on Charkha, and woven on handlooms. 

 

The HENIM™ fabric is an option which is rarest to find in today’s world! The HENIM™ is an - Undyed, 100% hemp-derived, hand spun, hand woven twill fabric. We have chosen the raw material and process to make the most eco-friendly, sustainable, durable product. 

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WHY HEMP? 

FOR HENIM™ 

Hemp fibre or industrial hemp is obtained from the outer layer or the bast of the Cannabis sativa plant, which is more popular for producing marijuana or hashish. However, while marijuana contains 20 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol content (THC) which causes the high when smoked, industrial hemp only contains 1% THC.

 

Today, there is a dire environmental crisis on our hands and the production of hemp fibre is a highly sustainable process. It is a carbon-negative crop because it actually absorbs CO2 from the air. It can be produced with half the amount of water and land in comparison to cotton and has thrice the tensile strength of cotton. It can also be easily blended with other fibres and doesn't strip the soil of nutrients. On the contrary, hemp returns 60-70 per cent of all nutrients back into the soil. The fabric is porous and thus retains colour and is very breathable. Hemp clothing is highly durable and does not lose its shape easily. The fact that it is anti-bacterial and blocks ultraviolet rays doesn't hurt.

 

Turning to hemp clothing is a big step you can take as a conscious consumer and will go a long way in saving our planet's resources.

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