Can Hemp Sheets be as Beautifully Soft as they are Sustainable?
I have always been a huge fan of hemp as a sustainable resource. Whether it be as an oil for wellness, a fashion piece for regenerative materials, or even used in carpets and other home goods, I have thought that hemp was a plant that should be used a lot more. So when Viola reached out to me to introduce Casa Parini, a luxury organic help bedding line, you can imagine how thrilled I was!
So Let Me Start Off With Some Of The Benefits Of Hemp When It Comes To Textile Usage:
Hemp can be cultivated in practically every environment, from New York to California. The hardy plants are pest-resistant so there’s no need for pesticides and herbicides, mature within months, and can produce additional crops, year after year.
There’s also a long list of ways that it can help the planet — because hemp can be grown locally, there’s less of a need to import it from far distances. Hemp seeds are a nutrient-rich source of food, containing high-quality plant-based protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids. There’s also CBD oil — aka cannabidiol — the non-psychoactive component of the hemp plant that can address a growing list of health concerns, from chronic pain to anxiety and insomnia.
Hemp as a crop is more sustainable than cotton and other conventional crops used to create fabrics and other materials that can create waste. Hemp is a non-water intensive crop meaning it doesn’t need a lot of water to grow. This saves more water in the long run. It also grows very fast, growing from seed to plant in 90 – 120 days. In comparison, cotton takes around 160 days from seed to plant. Hemp also produces more per acre than cotton. Per acre hemp produces 250% more fibre than cotton.
It can also combat climate change: the hemp plant is ideal for nourishing nutrient-depleted soil and reversing the effects of erosion, making it ideal for crop rotation. Using a process called phyto-remediation, hemp was used at Chernobyl to harmlessly extract toxins and pollutants from the soil and groundwater. Hemp actually absorbs CO2 while it grows through natural photosynthesis, making it carbon-negative from the get-go.
And Now On To Our Collaboration With Casa Parini:
Casa Parini was started by a young woman named Viola Stancati who wanted to make a difference in the world of bedding. When we think about our sheets, we are spending upwards of 8 hours a night in them when we are getting good night sleep, and our skin, the largest organ in our body, is in constant contact with the fibres and dyes. When we sleep in sheets that have been produced using pesticide laden cotton, or polyester blends made from petroleum, we are putting that directly on our skin for hours and hours a week.
Casa Parini is different in that it’s natural, totally plant based bedding you can feel wonderful about sleeping in. They only use 100% organic hemp, one of the world’s most eco-friendly crops. Soft and breathable, Casa Parini’s sheets and pillowcases are cut by hand and tailored by the seamstresses of Colori Vivi, a social enterprise that employs women migrants and refugees in the city of Turin. As we are always on the lookout for brands that look at human as well as environmental impact, I was so happy to find that Viola has carefully considered who she could best support in terms of employment when it came to producing Casa Parini.
I am so excited to have an exclusive launch with Casa Parini as we embark on curating more of a selection of sustainable home items. It has been a huge pleasure engaging with this beautiful line, and I have never seen a more beautiful bedspread! Also I can say with confidence that these sheets are as soft as cotton and as breathable as linen so don’t be fooled by ideas of scratchy hemp. My husband and I have never slept so well!