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Our purely hemp shower curtains are now available in an even greater choice of sizes and colours, including our stunning new Purely White and Purely French Blue-Gray, to suit your bathroom style. With a look and feel similar to Linen they also make beautiful, natural curtains for your windows and patio doors, matching our cushion & beanbag covers and home linens. So why not consider them for the rest of your home design too?  We also offer our flowing hemp shower curtain with a cotton like feel, and our own, unique range of hemp home linens from vibrant new colours in our Hemp Beanbag Covers & Cushion Covers to Hemp Runners & Hemp Tablecloths.  Please also see our fabulous new Knitted Hemp Throws and Blankets.

Do see our stylish & responsible alternative to plastic, pvc and vinyl shower curtains and to cotton shower curtains and home wares. Our wide selection of hemp fabrics also make a great choice, when deciding on sustainable fabrics that do not cause damage to the environment.  Let me know if you need different hemp fabrics than shown here, in larger quantities or to get together with other customers, group buying to help with miniimum production quantities!

Thank you for reading.

Nerissa Draper



Hemp (hanf) fabric is such a versatile fabric that it can be used for so many different products, either on its own or mixed with other fabrics for a different look and feel. It is a textural, naturally attractive and most durable fabric that feels great to touch. It can be produced in various weights and mixes, such as hemp/silk and hemp/organic cotton to the most attractive 100% hemp canvas styles, so is suitable for the finest of apparel to heavy duty upholstery. It is naturally UV resistant and absorbent, and is also known for its anti-bacterial, anti-mould and insulative qualities. Our fabric has a contemporary elegance and feels soft as well as strong, suitable for today's demanding taste.

Hemp can be washed, but the coloured fabrics would benefit from a low temperature and, to limit creasing it should be washed on a gentle cycle and pulled in to shape and ironed whilst wet/damp on the underside. Using a cup of white distilled vinegar in the rinse water is said to remove soap and help maintain colour, and can be used instead of chemical fabric conditioners for softness. Air drying flat is recommended and easy with hemp, as it dries very quickly. As with most dyed fabrics, please avoid prolonged direct sunlight. Hemp fabrics have their own natural characteristics and as such, should be tested for suitability prior to buying quantities by the metre. Hemp may also be dry cleaned, there are now eco solutions available such as "Greenearth", which may be more suited to some end products. 

Please see our own Collection of Drapers Organic purely hemp homewares, including our two ranges of hemp shower curtains and mix'n'match hemp curtain panels, hemp cushion covers and hemp tableware & runners. We also have a great range of  hemp fabric and bags with their contemporary colours and different styles and hemp shawls and baby throws, for natural protection against the heat of the sun. 

Do contact us for further retail or wholesale enquiries / product details. We are also happy to discuss supplying items to trade customers' specification, subject to quantity and lead times.

As hemp is a fantastic crop that is grown without the need for harmful chemicals, uses less water and actually helps clean the air, it is naturally better for our environment, producers and wildlife. Contemporary feel and look: hemp (hanf) fabric is known for its durability and sustainability but you may not know that it is also a very versatile fabric that can have many finishes, so you also get stylish, attractive textures and colours, suitable for hemp apparel as well as every style of home or work environment

There are many great reasons to buy hemp as an alternative to conventional cotton and other less sustainable fabrics, and not just because it is more environmentally friendly. It also looks and feels great. Surprisingly, cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops in the World, causing some devastating effects to the environment, wildlife and the workers involved because of the hazardous chemicals used, whereas hemp needs little help to thrive; spreading so quickly, it is prolific, hardy, sustainable, makes a great companion crop, helps clean the air and is grown with less water and without the need for harmful chemicals. 

The dyes used are reactive, low impact dyes that are azo and formaldehyde free.

See the below article taken from 'The Independent', dated *July 2008, about PVC shower curtains for your information:

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Toxic shower curtain warning

 

By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor

Sunday, 6 July 2008

 

American scientists are warning that the humble plastic shower curtain is responsible for releasing more than 100 toxic chemicals into homes, including some suspected of causing cancer or having gender-bending effects.

 

A report from the Center for Health, Environment and Justice calls for PVC curtains to be banned, a call echoed by Greenpeace. Several stores have already phased them out.

The research tested five curtains over 28 days and found 108 volatile organic compounds which, the study says, can irritate the eyes, ears and throat and damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system. Some, it adds, "are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans".

All the curtains were also found to contain phthalates which have been linked to premature breast development in girls, and feminisation effects in baby boys.

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We hope that the introduction of our purely hemp range of stylish hemp products, such as our biodegradable hemp shower curtains, great choice of hemp fabrics and our purely hemp mix and match homewares, including curtain panels, tablecloths, runners, napkins, cushion covers and beanbag covers, plus our beautiful knitted hemp blankets and throws and unisex hemp bags will help form this bridge between awareness and the chance to buy alternatives that are not only more sustainable but actually perform well and look great too. Our own range of hemp fabrics are available by the metre, or on the roll at a discount, in fabulous, contemporary colours that work beautifully together, or alone.

 

We are glad to announce that we continue to donate some of our hemp fabric to an inspirational initiative in Uganda, called Awamu. We hope our donation will go some way to help the amazing ladies involved to continue their most worthwhile and sustainable work. Please see our 'Information' page at the top of this website for further information, if you also wish to donate some sewing accessories or fabric, or to just read about some very inspirational people. Or visit www.awamo.co.uk.

 

Our hemp shower curtains and hemp curtain panels were used by Woking Borough Council at their Oak Tree House, a showcase for the Woking Low Carbon Homes Initiative, renovating an existing property to the highest sustainable standards. The house was open for education purposes, and public display, after which it was to be donated to a family at the top of the council's waiting list. It was envisaged to be a model for future new house-build programmes across the UK.

We are also pleased to have supplied our DOC25H6 100% hemp fabric and cushion covers to the UK Green Building Council, which they have used for their furniture as seen at Eco-build, Earls Court. Our hemp canvas is also being used for various other applications such as domestic curtain and upholstery, sun shades, beanbags, dog cushions, as well as for exhibition stands and banners.

 

 

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Hemp is one of the most eco friendly fabrics available. Unlike cotton, the plant needs little help to thrive and has a relatively short growth cycle, as well as needing less water to grow. In fact it is a weed-like grass, growing so prolifically and tightly spaced that it has no use for herbicides as it outgrows other weeds. It is naturally resistant to most pests, so there is also no need for pesticides. With its deep root system it grows without negatively affecting the soil and can therefore be grown consecutively for several years. In fact, growing hemp adds more than it takes out of the land, unlike cotton which depletes the soil of its nutrients. It offers protection to some other crops grown alongside it, so also makes a great companion crop. There is no wonder that hemp has been grown for centuries, it’s just somewhat surprising that its production ever declined.

With a little bit of research you will find that hemp can be dated back to 8000 BC, where the fabric was discovered in a tomb in Mesopotamia. Hemp paper can be dated back to 770 AD in China. In more recent times, Columbus used hemp on his ships and the first Levis were made from hemp denim. Hemp also makes a good building material. A restoration and conservation specialist says that lining walls with a hemp/lime mixture makes for a healthy house that doesn’t grow toxic mould, while a report on a social housing project in Suffolk concluded that hemp houses use less energy to build, create less waste and take less fuel to heat, though they do cost 10% more to build than conventional brick and block houses*. The benefits continue. Hemp seeds are highly nutritious while its oil is highly moisturizing for the skin.

Hemp was once the crop of choice in America before it became confused with its rather more narcotic cousin, and was banned. Slowly, however, growing hemp is now becoming legal in some parts of America again after much local campaigning. Containing only a trace of THC (the illegal part), smoking it would not even bring a smile to your face. Jefferson and Washington were both hemp farmers. The Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution were written on hemp paper. Americans were told to “grow hemp for victory” during World War II as its benefits were well known and much needed at that time.

Many Americans are campaigning against this unjust ban as they recognise the huge benefit that this crop could bring back to their Country.

Hemp fabric is very strong and durable and is known to be naturally resistant to mould and bacteria. The word canvas actually used to relate only to hemp. It blocks UV rays more effectively than other fabrics, is very absorbent and, with its insulative qualities, keeps you cool when its hot and warm when its cool. It also allows the skin to breathe. Hemp has been grown for centuries in China as a sustainable and most efficient crop, it is also grown in Romania. We are keen to support both of these Countries, as they have vast experience, gained over very many years, in growing and producing quality hemp fabric and where many of the general population still need to be accommodated with work. If such a resourceful, eco-friendly crop and products can be encouraged, it offers us all a good alternative to less sustainable industries for the benefit of the environment, consumers and of course, the inhabitants.

Our contemporary hemp range shows the versatility and elegance of hemp fabric. We currently use a stylish and flowing, ‘linen style’ hemp fabric for our mix and match homeware and interiors range and for the baby throws, whilst using a denser weave for our hemp shower curtains, which absorb the water, stopping it from spraying through. Our great hemp bags are made from a hemp canvas, which we also sell by the metre, along with other hemp fabrics in many great colours. We are continuously designing more fabrics to add to our range, with great colours for increased choice. See our general everyday carry/ shopping bags as an eco-friendly, stylish alternative to the plastic throwaway and our unisex courier style bags, around town and satchel style bags for their vibrant yet practical design.

 

Thank you for your interest in hemp and my purely hemp collection. Please do contact us for further retail or trade enquiries.

 

Nerissa Draper

Founder/Designer

Resources

 

**Natural Life Magazine March/April 2006 - Hemp For Houses by Rolf B. Priesnitz

*The Independent, July 2008 - Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor.

 

 

 


Organic Cotton pads are safer for you and the environment. Many of us are unaware of the variety of chemicals (including dioxins) women are putting next to and into their bodies with the use of disposable sanitary products. By choosing to use washable cloth menstrual pads, women can reduce their exposure to these harmful toxins.

It is reported that various chemicals including dioxin have been found in major brands of menstrual pads and tampons. Dioxin is a known carcinogen and has been linked to cervical cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, and immune system suppression, even if the exposure is small.

In addition, the plastic and glue backing on disposable pads reduces air circulation and creates a stagnant environment in which some bacteria thrive. This can cause vaginal irritation and yeast infection.

These washable pads are made of 100% Demeter certified Egyptian organic cotton; meaning that they are extremely soft and breathable as well as comfortable and irritant free.

The Organic Night Pads are designed for Post-partum and heavy flows – they also provide extra cushioning for post-partum sore parts. The mini pads can be used for light days (and for incontinence) and the day pads are for normal flows.

The liners can be folded in four ways, when you need to change the surface, to keep you feeling fresher for longer. The night pads come with 2x liner, whilst the mini and day pads come with 1 liner. 

The Organic Cotton Mini Pads are best suited for incontinence. They are small (8 inch or 22 cm long) so can be carried easily in your bag and they are super-soft just like the other pads. You can use them with or without the liner that comes with the pad. They help prevent irritation and allow your skin to breathe, which is important for people who are wearing them everyday.


Even the sewing threads are organic
All of the sewing threads are also made of 100% organic cotton and the snaps are nickel free to avoid allergy and skin irritation.

Economical
These pads are designed to last for years, which saves you money and is better for the environment.

How to use

(1) The Night/Postpartum Pads come with two liners. The Mini & Day Pad come with 1.

(2) Place one (or more) of the super-soft liners into the pockets – this practical design allows you to just change the liner when necessary, not the entire pad.

(3) The print side of the Menstrual Pads should sit against your underwear. Fold the wings over the crotch and close the snaps.


3. How to care for the Pads

These pads are made of 100% organic cotton, which contains natural oil. To maximize its absorbency, wash the pad before you use it for the first time, to wash off its natural oil.

Once you have used the pad, rinse and soak it with laundry soap or cleaning agent in cold water, then put it in the washing machine with your regular detergent. They can then be air-dried or with the use of a dryer, on a low temperature.

5. How many Pads do I need?

It is recommended that you have 4 Day pads, 2 Mini Pads and 2 Night pads to start with. If your flow is lighter than average, you need only 1 night pad. If you have a heavy flow you may want to add 1 more night pad and day pad, with liners.

6. Will These Organic Cotton Menstrual Pads leak?

Just like any other menstrual products, you need to change the pads within a reasonable amount of time to prevent accidents from happening. It may be a good idea to start using them on light days and once you are used to them, use them for your heavier days and during the night.

7. What is recommended for heavy flows, night time and post-partum?

Organic Cotton Night Pads are best suited for heavy flows, night-time and postpartum. They are 13inch or 34 cm long and come with 2 organic cotton liners as a set. While this is usually enough for heavy flows, you can also add liners for extra protection.

8. What sizes do the Organic Menstrual Pads come in?

Mini Pad (comes with 1 liner) for lighter days
Size: length 8", wing-to-wing 8", liner 6.75" x 6.75"
Day Pad (comes with 1 liner) for regular days.
Size: length 10", wing-to-wing 8", liner 9.5" x 8.5"
Night Pad (comes with 2 liners) for nights & postpartum.
Size: length 13", wing-to-wing 8.5", liner 12" x 11.5"



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