At the time I am writing this post it is 8 degrees outside…which got me thinking of ways hemp can keep us warm. If you wear it as clothing, hemp can provide incredible body climate control. If it is warm out, the clothing can actually keep you cool. If it is winter and cold, the clothing keeps your body heat inside the fabric effectively insulating you from extreme cold. This list is not just about the BEST outdoor clothing made from hemp and soft hemp blankets, it also covers insulation and home heating alternatives. Please note with each item that is described, I will be ending with a question. The more I study the Hemp Industry the more I realize one thing leads to another…and there are many questions that arise. So I leave things open for discussion with the hope of feedback from visitors to this site.
1) Stylish Winter Outfit Made From Hemp: Let’s Put One Together!
When I was younger I had this vinyl/cardboard doll and peel-off vinyl clothes to dress her with…it was always fun when a new outfit came out. I need to point out that there is such a thing as hemp vinyl that could be used in this way. The concept here is to put together a hemp winter outfit, including accessories!
To start with I am choosing a very warm jacket made from hemp and cruely-free wool. This Nova Scotia Winter Extreme Hemp Jacketis the warmest that Rawganique sells (referring to the above photo). Rawganique is a company that plants and cultivates, processes and prepares the hemp for their own products. Some of their locations are in Europe where the hemp for these jackets is cultivated. Nothing is out sourced and they love to mention the wonderful fact that their products are sweat shop-free. The outer portion of the jackets are made from the herringbone European hemp, but the lining combines the hemp with cruelty-free wool. The sleeves are lined with flannel made of organic brushed cotton which is particularly warm. Rawganique has called this jacket Nova Scotia because if it keeps you warm there, you will be warm anywhere else on earth. Remember while it is breathable, hemp insulates and wool traps the heat.
The cost of the Nova Scotia Winter Extreme Hemp Jacket is $329
It is considered unisex…for example the men’s XS is the women’s small. The sizes are assuming underneath you will wear a turtleneck or a lite sweater. If you wear bulky sweaters – up the size a notch.
Cleaning and care: Primarily they suggest you air out the jacket and spot clean. Otherwise, dry clean only.
Check out this Nordic Winter Jacket by Hoodlamb by HempTailors. This company is out of Amsterdam and is responsible for the first winter outerwear made from hemp. They started their company in 1993 and have a focus on cruelty-free options for outerwear. Here I noticed that the hemp is once again blended with organic cotton to make a very warm fabric. As with Rawganique, Hoodlamb is fashionable with their style and design.
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Since we are focusing on outerwear, let us find some hats made from hemp:
Alibaba is an on line wholesaler which sells hats made from hemp.wholesale hemp hats
Rawganique also sells mittens and gloves: some best in the industry to combat extreme cold temperatures.:http://www.Rawganique.co/?Clic…
I personally love to have my neck covered so I have chosen a turtleneck for my top. Rawganique sells a women’s mock turtleneck in a variety of colors for $79…entirely of hemp knit.
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HEMP LONGUNDERWEAR! This is probably where I should have started. Hempest sells these long underwear for $21 they come in 5 colors and are a blend (55% Hemp, 45% Organic Cotton)
Next we will need a good pair of hemp socks.,
Rawganique sells great hemp socks
I hope you have enjoyed putting together this stylish winter outfit made from hemp products…but there is more.
Yes, they use hemp as the top layers in these snowboards. The hemp component makes the board less likely to dent, lighter and less brittle…as hemp had flexibility in the cold climates!
And a nice hemp tee for the dog to keep him warm too!
Hemp clothing is not the cheapest because of the extraordinary quality and sweatshop-free approach of most hemp companies. My question… Is there “cheap” yet fashionable hemp clothing available today?
2) Hemp Pellets as an Energy Efficient Home Heating Source!
Hemp can be used as pellets for small scale alternative, renewable home heating! I was aware of wood pellets embraced by some as an alternative, small-scale renewable heating source for homes. The idea is to use wood that is normally. Discarded during tree cutting projects and turn it into these dense pellets by putting the wood through a pellet mill. The pellets are low moisture (less than 10%), but also burn without too many emissions. The UK and other countries have made efforts to use wood pellets for larger communities with mixed reviews. There are hazards according to Wikipedia….fresh pellets can actually remove oxygen from the air which could make some storage situations extremely toxic. Others don’t see wood as totally renewable.
Therefore, much energy efficient home heating research is being done on pellets other than wood, including switch grasses and similar…but of course the best results as far as similarity to wood appears to be hemp. Here is some vocabulary I have learned: biomass feed stock. Biomass feed stock refers to the earthy crop before it goes into the pellet mill. In the case of hemp they use the shiv (woody core) from the hemp plant. Hemp produces about 2% ash which is what the current wood pellet burning stoves are designed to handle, making it a compatible alternative.
What is the cost of hemp pellets for pellet stoves?
The real cost appears to be for a pellet mill, assuming we would be making the pellets ourselves. Pellet mills cost varies according to form/function. Pel heat sells a mini pellet mill for about $6,700.
If you are interested in learning more there are two links I can provide:
Other ways to warm yourself with hemp pellets is to think of summer. Now there are HEMP BBQ PELLETS available on the market. Warm thoughts of summertime grilling with hemp!
Hemp pellets have long been used as splendid animal bedding…especially for thoroughbred horses.
My question here…are there hazards or negatives to consider when using hemp pellets?
3) Breathable Wall Insulation made from Hemp Natural Fibers!
If you are reading this and it is winter I hope you are not in the middle of constructing a house! This is a brief reminder that hemp fibers are being widely used in construction as insulation batts or in rolls instead of fiberglass. It is a powerful, effective solution…and sustainable. I find it intriguing that even while it is part of the wall hemp still reduces carbon and releases oxygen. It is durable, very long-lasting, breathable and flexible plus it smells pleasant.
Here are some companies that make hemp insulation:
4) Blankets made from Hemp Fabric
The word is out that quality hemp bedding can be pricey and the first wash can produce a lot of lint. Other than that hemp blankets deliver. I have chosen to highlight ilovebad’s hemp/organic cotton blend blanket. This California company has the sizes with some nice color choices. Once again we see the adjectives: soft, breathable, warm comfortable. If you really want the insulation effect, throw a lightweight blanket over top..keeping you very warm, but not sweaty.
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Is there a way to make hemp sheets high quality, but more affordable?
5) Warm Yourself with this Recipe for Sweet Potato/Hemp Seed Soup!
- Lightly toast 1/2 cup of hemp hearts in a skillet for about 2 minutes using olive oil or coconut oil.
- Pre-bake 2 1/2 sweet potatoes. Peel, and cut the cooked potatoes.
- In a soup pan add a light amount of oil then diced shallots and garlic..brown garlic lightly and the shallots should be translucent.
- At this point add vegetable stock 3 cups.
- Add the sweet potato and blend; eventually bringing up the heat so the soup is simmering.
- Add the hemp hearts and let it simmer for another 20 minutes.
- Add touches of fresh rosemary and some white cooking wine if desired. Enjoy!
My question here…Any other hemp seed soup recipes?
6) Hemp Oil can help Combat the Winter Blues!
Ananda Hemp sells Kentucky grown full-spectrum legal CBD oil This scientific grade oil is more of a medicine than a food as is known to help with anxiety,
Amazon sells hemp oil from seeds as a food supplement which is also known to have a positive effect on mood.
My question here…How about combining Vitamin D with CBD oil to help feel happy and healthy all winter?
It is great to find one thing that can be so helpful as we face life’s challenges and frigid temperatures. Don’t forget the hot chocolate made with hemp milk!! Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated!