Chico Company Creates Mens Stylish Hemp Clothing

Parallel Revolution's men's shirts are 97% biodegradable

Parallel Revolution’s men’s shirts are 97% biodegradable

Men’s fashion, especially men’s shirts, has evolved more slowly than the eclectic, often frenetic world of women’s fashion. Chico, California-based company Parallel Revolution is leading the way with changes men can feel good about.

Jake Wade and Andrew Schrage co-founded the company in 2010. Schrage was, according to Wade, an eco-driven guy, so the idea of making sustainable men’s clothing was a natural fit.

When Schrage proposed the idea, Wade had two conditions – that their products should be made of hemp and made in the USA. Schrage agreed and the company was born.

To learn more about the surprising sustainability of this eco-friendly clothing line, see the full article here.

Opportunity for industrial hemp included in newly signed Farm Bill

hemp legalizationWhen President Obama has signed the Farm Bill last week, it included a little touted but exciting amendment – one that would allow State Agriculture Departments and colleges and universities to grow hemp. Continue reading

The Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat – a healthy healing alternative

Around 80 percent of adults experience some sort of back pain in their lives. Almost 50 percent experience some neck pain.

There are countless remedies to help you get relief – scads of medications including Tylenol and Ibuprofen, chiropractic adjustment and acupuncture, to name a few. All of them are valuable and can make a difference. But there’s another option that’s surprisingly simple and as effective in easing the discomfort.

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Abe’s Market – an online family and eco-friendly place

Abe's Market offers a wide variety of natural and organic products from smaller, top quality retailers

 

Families looking for quality affordable, natural and organic products have plenty of options these days. But it’s often challenging to find the great products offered by smaller companies.  

Abe’s Market – an online marketplace for natural and organic products – provides an easy and affordable way to find what you’re looking for.  

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ChicoBag’s Produce Collection – a great alternative to clear plastic supermarket bags

Single use plastic bags are a growing environmental threat

Over one billion single-use plastic bags get handed out every day in the U.S.  Costing retailers an average of $4 billion annually, these bags are made from petroleum and toxic chemicals that create pollution and greenhouse gases. Hundreds of thousands of sea and land-based creatures mistake them for food and often end up dying an agonizing death. With a large majority of these bags ending up in landfills, these bags pose a serious environmental problem.

The good news is while some communities are beginning to ban the use of these bags, Americans are slowly shifting to using reusable bags instead. One of the leading makers of reusable bags is ChicoBag.

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Earth Creations offer eco-friendly fashion

Earth Creations makes sustainable clothing with no harsh chemicals

 

Approximately one-third of a pound of chemicals are used to grow the cotton in one t-shirt. There are an array of harsh chemicals that are used throughout the garment manufacturing process, most of which are toxic to humans. These include chlorine, sodium hydroxide, heavy metal salts and formaldehyde. Residuals of these toxins stay in the fabric. They also find their way into wastewater systems, particularly in developing countries.     

Many dyes that are excluded from the Organic Standards contain toxic components, said Martin Ledvina, co-founder of Earth Creations, Inc. Most conventional dyes don’t comply with EPA regulations so they’re sent overseas. The products that use these dyes, often made in sweatshops, make their way back here.     

Earth Creations makes fashionable sustainable clothing from materials like hemp and organic cotton, using natural clay-based dyes and others that have a low impact on the environment.     

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Another reason to legalize hemp

Hemcrete - a revulutionary building technology made from help

Hemcrete - a revulutionary building technology made from help

There have been a number of stories in the media the past few months about the many uses of marijuana’s cousin, hemp, and their potential for revenue.  Yet lawmakers have ignored the positive side of what this has to offer.

Now a hemp-based product in Europe   Tradical® Hemcrete®– is trying to make it’s way to the US and its high value warrants serious consideration.

Hemcrete, made by U.K.-based Lhoist Group, is a bio-composite, thermal walling building material made from hemp, lime and water.  And this new technology is carbon neutral, making it an ideal substitute for traditional concrete.

Versatile, sustainable, good looking, environmentally-friendly and 100% Hemcrete 1recyclable, Hemcrete has an amazing array of applications – from roof insulation to wall construction to flooring.  Among its many benefits, its waterproof, fireproof, insulates well, does not rot [when used above ground] and is completely recyclable. It can even be used as fertilizer when demolished!

This revolutionary product has been popular in Europe for years. BUT this species of hemp is currently illegal in the U.S., so finding a market here is going to be tough.

Perhaps if there’s enough money to be made from it, pressure on politicians will turn the tide, forcing them to revisit the issue.

Regardless, it’s so profitable overseas that Hemp Technologies, one of the biggest manufacturers of hemp products in the UK, is actively recruiting as many new growers as it can.

So instead of making it illegal, perhaps its time for hemp to take its rightful place as a viable, versatile, cash cow again here in the U.S. What do you think?