Finding sustainable clothing can be a challenge. Every eco-friendly fiber seems to have its downsides—cotton plants take tons of water; vegan “leather” is (often) just rebranded plastic. However, one material stands out from the rest as a stellar option for planet-friendly apparel. Hemp may have a storied past, but this natural fiber makes some of the strongest, most versatile fabric on the planet, all without harming it in the process.
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Here’s a closer look at the merits of hemp and 13 hemp clothing brands to put consider for your eco-friendly closet.
Hemp 101: A History
Hemp’s reputation has been through the wringer in American history. Today, many people associate the plant with cannabis consumption. However, while hemp and marijuana originate from the same plant, they vary in the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the compound responsible for pot’s high) they contain. Hemp, by law, must have less than 0.3% THC content.
Hemp has been used as a natural fiber since at least 8,000 BC, when it was cultivated in China for clothing, rope, and paper production. The crop was once a material of choice in America, and over 40,000 acres were in production as late as WWI.
Unfortunately for this hardy fiber, the rise of cotton put hemp production in decline. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 took a toll on industrial hemp’s status by placing a tax on all cannabis sales of all forms, essentially halting its production. Fair or not, this once ubiquitous textile started becoming associated with illicit drug use.
As the world learns to reaccept cannabis, industrial hemp is making a comeback. The 2018 Farm Bill made it legal to grow in 46 states, meaning more people than ever are discovering the value of this versatile textile.
Why Hemp Clothing?
Far from a fringe fiber, hemp shows promise for being one of the world’s most sustainable, versatile, and comfortable textiles. Here are some of its main advantages.
- Minimal Waste: almost every part of the hemp plant is valuable, from the fibrous stalks to the oily seeds. The fiber found along the outer bark (called the bast fiber) is what’s used in yarn production.
- Ultra-Durable: By some estimates, the material is eight times stronger than cotton. This means every piece of hemp clothing will last a long time.
- Requires Few Resources: hemp grows wells in various soil types and rarely (if ever) benefits from fertilizer or pesticides.
- Minimal Water Needs: hemp plants require about 10% of the irrigation necessary to grow an equivalent amount of cotton, making it ideal for water conservation.
- Productive: compared to other textiles, hemp yields large quantities per acre (up to 2,650 pounds—twice the production rate of cotton) and can be harvested within 90 days for multiple harvests per year in many climates.
- Naturally Anti-Fungal, Anti-bacterial, and Mold-Resistant: As with latex, hemp fibers naturally repel mold and mildew while offering protection against ultraviolet light.
- Carbon-Negative Raw Material: hemp absorbs atmospheric carbon while it grows, meaning that producing it leads to a net loss in greenhouse gases.
- Reduces Soil Erosion: hemp’s long taproots keep soil in place and prevent erosion.
- 100% Biodegradable: at the end of its lifespan, hemp fabrics break down into dirt.
- Improves With Wear: Unlike other clothes that quickly look worn, hemp retains its shape but gets softer and more comfortable the longer you wear it.
- Natural Thermal Insulator: hemp-made clothing helps you regulate your temperature, keeping you cool in the heat but warm in chilly weather.
- Improves Soil Quality: Hemp’s long roots draw nutrients into the top portion of the soil, making it ideal for sustainable crop rotation systems.
Are Hemp Blends Ok?
While many brands make 100% hemp clothing, the plant material is more often combined with other natural fibers like cotton and TENCEL (a trademarked fabric made from birch bark). This ensures the material achieves the advantages of hemp without compromising on comfort and versatility you’d expect from other fabrics.
13 Top Hemp Clothing Brands to Consider Today
More apparel companies than ever are embracing hemp in their clothing lines. Here are 13 we believe belong on your radar.
Highlights: One of the best companies for sustainably-made industrial hemp shoes using algae soles.
- Clothing Styles: waterproof hemp shoes, backpacks, hats, wallets, socks, dog toys
- Material Content: top of shoes made from 100% hemp, algae bloom soles
- Pricing: Around $135 per pair, pricing for accessories ranges from $10-$35
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Free shipping on orders over $100, free exchanges and returns.
This sustainable shoe brand sells certified vegan sneakers made from industrial hemp. This makes the shoes naturally temperature regulating, anti-microbial, and anti-bacterial so your feet stay comfortable and stench-free over the day.
All 8000Kicks shoes also contain a sole made from algae. The brand has partnered with Bloom Foam to sponsor the removal of harmful algae from marine ecosystems. This “waste material” is then transformed into lightweight shoe bottoms with surprising durability.
Each pair has a proprietary coating overtop that repels water and protects it from stains, liquid, and other forms of grime—ensuring the shoes are easy to clean. And despite their unconventional construction, these shoes are strong, flexible, and lightweight enough for daily use.
The brand has recently expanded beyond shoes to sell 100% hemp socks and hats.
Highlights: Boutique brand offering hemp-based apparel that’s sure to turn heads with its appeal; leftover scrap material is repurposed to reduce waste.
- Clothing Styles: tops, bottoms, and dresses for women
- Material Content: Most hemp items have a fabric blend of 55% hemp, 45% TENCEL (other fabrics are available)
- Pricing: ranges from $98-$298 (hemp scrunchies are $18)
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Free shipping on U.S. orders over $150. Returns accepted for new, unworn items within 14 days of delivery
Valini’s line of boutique, hemp-based apparel will satisfy even fashion snobs. Vanni Leung created this apparel line to give women more fun, feminine, and sustainable staples options.
Everything is made by teams of tailors in India and Chicago according to stringent ethical and environmental standards. Most clothing is made from a blend of hemp and TENCEL fibers or organic cotton. Each fabric is then dyed with low-impact, non-toxic dyes that aren’t blended with synthetics.
Clothing patterns are designed to minimize fabric waste, while leftover scraps are sewn into scrunchies or saved for filling pillows and stuffed animals.
Valani orders arrive with sustainable packaging, including recycled boxes and tissue paper, straw paper hang tags, hemp twine, and organic cotton labels. The company donates 10% of all sales profits to organizations that fund women’s empowerment, animal rights, and environmental initiatives.
Highlights: Sustainable company known for its hemp-based underwear made for optimal fit, function, and design.
- Clothing Styles: underwear and intimate apparel for men and women
- Material Content: Most products are a blend of 53% hemp, 44% organic cotton, 3% spandex
- Pricing: $24-$28 for underwear, $44 for bras
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Free shipping across the US. All first-time shoppers can request a new size or color or request a refund without making a return (email email@example.com). All other orders are returnable within 90 days if in original condition with the original packaging.
WAMA is a California-based company known for its hemp-based underwear. The brand strives to offer the world’s best hemp underwear through optimal fit, function, and design. This plant-based fiber is well-suited for intimate apparel, as it is naturally anti-bacterial, soft, and breathable.
The company uses eco-friendly reactive dyes within its fabric for both sustainability and practicality. These toxin-free color compounds are certified eco-friendly by Oeko-Tex’s Standard 100 label. The underwear itself is lightweight, breathable, and super soft. If you don’t like your first pair for any reason, the company will replace or refund it free of charge.
All of WAMA’s hemp manufacturing takes place in China, where the majority of the company’s crop is grown on small, family-run organic farms. The brand partners with factories that sign its Code of Conduct, meaning that the factory will pay fair wages and provide safe working conditions. In fact, a WAMA team member is based in China to oversee things.
WAMA is a Green America Certified Business, a member of the National Hemp Association, and a key player in the Business Social Compliance Initiative.
Highlights: Hemp-based men’s and women’s athleisure and loungewear company offering limited releases of items dyed using upcycled food waste.
- Clothing Styles: men’s and women’s athleisure and loungewear
- Material Content: 30% hemp, 70% non-GMO cotton
- Pricing: ranges from $30- $138
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Shipping calculated at checkout; free for orders over $75. Refunds are available within 30 days of purchase for unused, unwashed merchandise with original tags attached, minus $3 fee for return label processing.
Groceries Apparel clothing has a unique selling point—all of its fabric is dyed with upcycled food waste collected near its factory in the Arts District of Los Angeles. This vege-dye process utilizes post-consumer produce such as pomegranate, carrot tops, avocado skins, and other forms of organic material to produce vivid natural dyes for the brand’s active and casualwear pieces. Most prints have a tie-dye design that holds through repeated washing.
Everything is made within Grocery Apparel’s Los Angeles factory, which guarantees employees’ fair wages and working conditions while providing full traceability to customers who want to know the precise process behind their clothes. To date, the company has manufactured over five million garments and created more than 40 full-time jobs in Los Angeles.
The brand specializes in causal basics such as bras, leggings, tank tops, and oversized sweatshirts. Most Groceries Apparel is a limited release—sometimes with fewer than 50 of each style made. Stock changes regularly, so check the site frequently to find new releases.
Highlights: Los Angeles-based company that makes and sells its hemp clothing from within the United States with an eye for sustainable initiatives.
- Clothing Styles: unisex, mens, and women’s shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, dresses, intimates, etc.
- Material Content: Most clothing is made with the company’s signature hemp blend of 55% hemp, 45% cotton.
- Pricing: ranges from $44 (t shirts) to $150 (sweatpants/sweatshirts) and $275 (jackets)
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Standard shipping is $7, free for orders over $175. Returns are accepted for 30 days; the buyer pays for return shipping (exchanges are free).
“Jung” by the company definition means making conscious, daily choices that heal the planet instead of harming it. By creating beautiful, quality clothing items, Jungmaven wants to allow customers to demand change with their dollars to support a healthier world.
The brand started in the early 1990s when founder Robert Jungmann became passionate about protesting clearcutting forests. He believed hemp offered a more sustainable apparel solution and started a small clothing business within a Central American surf shop. Beyond his clothing, Jungmann has a founding member of the Hemp Industries Organization, a group that was instrumental in passing legislation to legalize industrial hemp in the US.
Though the company has scaled up, it remains loyal to these humble origins. Today, all Jungmaven clothing is cut and sewn from paper patterns in Los Angeles, CA, by a skilled team paid a living wage. The company works closely with its network of global suppliers to ensure the hemp is sourced responsibly and the fabric is produced under safe working conditions. At present, the brand knits a quarter of its material in the United States and has established a path for other brands to do the same.
Jungmaven focuses on gender-neutral styles that flatter a range of body types. You can also purchase 100% hemp accessories like bath towels and bedding material.
Highlights: The very first North American company to earn Fair Trade certification, although if you want their hemp products specifically, you’ll have to be careful to look for them.
- Clothing Styles: unisex tees, skirts, dresses, and athleisure
- Material Content: fabric blends include 55% hemp, 25% recycled polyester, 20% TENCEL; 55% hemp, 45% recycled polyester; 53% hemp, 44% recycled polyester, 3% elastane; 55% hemp, 35% recycled polyester, 10% TENCEL, etc.
- Pricing: $68-$98
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Free shipping through the US, returns accepted within 30 days of purchase, minus a $3 processing fee.
The first North American company to earn Fair Trade certification, prAna clothing has been sustainable from its start in 1992. The brand offers an extensive range of clothing made from hemp, TENCEL, and other sustainable fabrics in casual and professional styles.
prAna’s hemp is processed through a sustainable method known as dew retting. This means that farmers cut the crop, lay it down, and let water and sunlight naturally separate the plant fibers—no harsh chemical processing required.
Just note you’ll need to search out the items specifically made from hemp, as the brand offers a wide range of clothes made from synthetic fibers like nylon as well. At publication, approximately 9% of the brand’s styles contain hemp.
All orders pack and ship in 100% plastic-free packaging.
Highlights: Sustainably-minded hemp-based company offering beanies, belts, hats, scarves, tees, socks, and more based in San Diego, California.
- Clothing Styles: beanies, belts, hats, scarves, tees, socks, vests, and leggings for men and women
- Material Content: Most clothing is made from a blend of 53% hemp, 43% organic cotton, 4% spandex
- Pricing: ranges from $11.50 (socks) to $38 (tees) and leggings ($52)
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Shipping is $6.95 per order, free for orders over $70. Returns are accepted for 15 days after delivery; the buyer pays for return shipping
Hempy’s has been making hemp-based clothes since 1995, giving the San Diego brand over two decades of experience with this versatile fabric. The business strives to educate customers about the merits of hemp while shedding light on the destructive nature of the standard fashion industry.
The brand began with a reusable surf wax bag and has since expanded to include fashion-forward tees, jeans, beanies, and baseball caps. You can choose from apparel styled with cannabis motifs or go for bolder statements with designs advocating for better healthcare, environmental care, and other current issues.
At publication, Hempy’s donates 20% of proceeds from its Black Hat Series purchases to environmental initiatives and global community development projects.
Highlights: Men’s and women’s tee company that utilizes a mixture of hemp and organic cotton with some serious sustainability chops.
- Clothing Styles: men’s and women’s tee (other shirts available in different fabrics)
- Material Content: 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton
- Pricing: $38
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Free shipping throughout the United States. Shirts can be returned unwashed with tags; the buyer pays for return shipping.
This US-based apparel company specializes in colored tees and long sleeves made from a blend of hemp and organic cotton. ONNO takes environmental sustainability seriously, and the company became ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified in 2014 for commitment to proper environmental management.
All Onno hemp shirts are made in Tai’an, China, at a small factory that’s only a short commute for most of the brand’s rural workers—allowing many of them to head home over lunch to spend time with their kids.
The brand’s tees are GOTS certified, a recognition that is only given to companies committed to limiting the use of toxic bleaches, dyes, and other damaging inputs during the manufacturing process. The company also monitors its carbon footprint by purchasing carbon offsets from CarbonFund. In this way, Onno helps fund projects dedicated to reducing worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Highlights: While not exclusively a hemp-based producer, Recreator specializes in graphic tees, bottoms, and hoodies utilizing sustainable fabric blends – including hemp.
- Clothing Styles: tees, crop tops, tank tops, leggings, sweatshirts, Henley’s, shorts, hats, and joggers for men and women
- Material Content: Fabric blend examples include 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton: 53% hemp, 43% organic cotton, 4% lycra: 70% organic cotton, 30% hemp: 64% organic cotton, 28% hemp, 8% lycra
- Pricing: ranges from $45- $165
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Shipping costs vary according to zip code. Exchanges are permitted for unworn items within 14 days; the buyer pays return shipping. Returns for refunds are only accepted with written confirmation after contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
As both an art and apparel brand, Recreator specializes in sustainable fabrics, many of which include a hemp blend. It’s a one-stop shop for graphic tees, bottoms, and hoodies for men and women.
Recreator was founded in 2012 with a vision of boosting the role of industrial hemp in the US agricultural and apparel supply chain. The company believes hemp offers a sustainable clothing solution that everyone should capitalize on.
Most items are sewn by human hands in downtown Los Angeles from low-impact-dyed fabrics. While most of Recreator’s hemp comes from China, the brand works closely with US farmers to encourage more local hemp cultivation and ensure all hemp used within its apparel is grown according to environmentally sustainable practices.
Highlights: European brand offering tees, socks, boxers, and shoes made from hemp and manufactured in small workshops across the European Union.
- Clothing Styles: tees, socks, boxers, and shoes for men and women
- Material Content: Most apparel contains a blend of 30% hemp, 70% cotton, shoes contain 100% hemp canvas.
- Pricing: ranges from $8-$54
- Shipping/ Return Policy: Free shipping on all shoe orders; all orders are final sale.
Bohempia is a European brand that sells shoes and apparel for men and women made from hemp. Started in 2015 by Tomas Rohal, this fast-growing company strives to make hemp mainstream worldwide.
All products are made in small workshops across the European Union from raw hemp fiber the company spins, weaves, knits, and dyes on site. The designing, prototyping, fitting, and testing takes place in the brand’s Prague studio. The shoes themselves are certified vegan, lightweight and breathable, so your feet stay dry and smell fresh after a day of wear.
All Bohempia clothing offers a minimalist aesthetic and straightforward design that makes its apparel ideal for daily wear. The company closely monitors how each item is made, the quality of materials, and the working conditions for producers.
Highlights: Formerly known as Braintree Clothing in Australia, Thought is now based in the UK and is making contemporary hemp clothing.
- Clothing Styles: casual and professional shirts, pants, skirts, dresses, and accessories
- Material Content: fabric types include 100% hemp and 55% hemp, 45% organic cotton
- Pricing: ranges from £14.95 to £130
- Shipping/ Return Policy: US shipping is £12.00 per order. Returns of unworn clothing are accepted within 30 days of ordering; the buyer pays return shipping in most cases.
Another EU brand, Thought hemp clothing is tailored toward women but offers men’s apparel as well. Based today in the UK, Thought got its start in Australia in 1995, where it was known as Braintree Clothing.
The company is a member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), an alliance of companies and NGOs striving to promote workers’ rights worldwide. Other brand certifications include Eco-Cert, GOTS, Fair Trade, and Oeko-TEX.
The brand strives to combine timeless fashion pieces with contemporary style and sustainability objectives. A large portion of the collection contains sustainable fabrics, including hemp and organic cotton. Likewise, all products are shipped in plastic-free packaging.
Overall, Thought makes sense for sustainability-minded shoppers interested in their clothing matching the styles of fashion trends, with less of a back-to-the-earth aesthetic than other hemp brands.
Highlights: Sweater and outerwear hemp clothing brand aimed towards men that takes part in a circular use strategy to stay sustainable.
- Clothing Styles: Everyday basics and business casual for men
- Material Content: 70% organic cotton, 30% hemp
- Pricing: $38-$248 (Luxe hemp tee is $65)
- Shipping/ Return Policy: free shipping and returns on all U.S. orders
Exclusively tailored towards men, Tact & Tone offers everything from basic tees to office-appropriate sweaters and outwear—all made from sustainable fabrics.
The company is committed to using only organic and regenerative natural fibers or upcycled synthetics. For example, its bestselling lightweight hemp jacket is made with a 50/50 blend of hemp and recycled polyester coated with a non-toxic water repellent.
In this way, Tact & Stones clothing is part of a circular use strategy where products are recycled without contributing to waste at the end of their life cycle. Making this process even easier, the company lets you ship back your apparel once it’s worn out to be properly disposed of.
At publication, Tact & Stone is committed to sourcing all its materials from suppliers that are OEKO-TEX, GOTS, Fair-Trade, and USDA Organic certified. All of their clothing is made in Northern Portugal and Mola Inc., a premium knitwear cut-and-sew manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles.
Highlights: Eco-certified by bluesign and OEKO-TEX, Toad&Co has been making products from sustainable fabrics for years. They do use quite a few different textiles though, so make sure to specifically seek out their hemp products!
- Clothing Styles: pants, tees, jackets, underwear, skirts, dresses, and jumpsuits for men and women
- Material Content: samples of fabric blends include 55% hemp, 45% cotton: 54% hemp, 44% TENCEL Lyocell, 2% elastane: 69% organic cotton, 29% hemp, 2% elastane, 73% recycled polyester, 17% hemp, 10% elastane
- Pricing: ranges from $40-$120
- Shipping/ Return Policy: $7.95 ground shipping, orders over $100 ship free. Customers can choose for orders to ship in reusable LimeLoop Mailers (recycled cardboard is also available). Returns are accepted, subtracting a $5.95-$7.95 fee.
Toad&Co got its start in Telluride, Colorado, and this clothing company has made hemp apparel for men and women since 1996. The apparel ranges from casual tees to cute summer dresses. Note that the brand uses many fabrics beyond hemp, primarily organic cotton.
The company is eco-certified by bluesign® and OEKO-TEX®. One standout business practice is the use of reusable mailers for packages. Customers that opt to receive their clothing in LimeLoop Mailers can mail them back for a continuous distribution.
Beyond their clothing, Toad&Co is also making strides to be sustainable as a business by exchanging all the lights within their facilities for LED bulbs and taking part in composting programs. All print materials are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified papers, and the company offsets its energy usage by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates.
The company culture also earns acclaim, as Toad&Co has been named one of Outside Magazine’s Best places to work for eleven years running.