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Patagonia Leads the Charge on Hemp-Based Clothing

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • The environmentally friendly outdoor apparel and gear company Patagonia has been using legally sourced hemp fibers in its clothing since 1997
  • Now that hemp is legal again in the U.S., Patagonia is working to establish a domestic supply of hemp, which could create new American jobs
  • Hemp was criminalized in the U.S. for decades, but the 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp legal to be cultivated, sold and transferred across state lines
  • The featured film, “Misunderstood: A Brief History of Hemp in the U.S.,” shows the history of hemp in America, as well as highlights the plant’s many uses
  • Hemp is known as the “plant of 50,000 uses” because every part of it can be repurposed

It wasn’t long ago that growing hemp in the U.S. could land you in jail on felony charges. But after decades of criminalization, hemp is once again legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, and the eco-friendly outdoor apparel and gear company, Patagonia, isn’t wasting any time in perfecting it its hemp-based clothing line.

The featured film, “Misunderstood: A Brief History of Hemp in the U.S.,” produced by Patagonia Films, shows the history of hemp in America, including why and how it was demonized for so many years. The film also highlights hemp’s various uses, including as a hearty textile that’s three times more durable than cotton. 

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