The Hemp Temple: reversing climate change through fashion
The Hemp Temple: reversing climate change through fashion
Empowering communities through slow fashion! Conscious clothing and cultural hemp, make a stand for the planet. In style.
Empowering communities through slow fashion! Conscious clothing and cultural hemp, make a stand for the planet. In style. Read more
For a world in which fashion is the second largest contributor to pollution on the planet, we are called to change things. We are going to reverse climate change in creativity, connection and style. Hemp is the fibre of a global revolution. It is the powerful, tangible vehicle through which hope becomes a reality for humanity and for our Earth.
There is no other fibre greener than Hemp. Hemp grows easily without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides whilst removing existing pesticides, toxins and heavy metals from the soil. Hemp uses less than half the amount of water to produce 200% – 250% more fibre than cotton in the same amount of land. We are Slow Fashion, a process that embodies all things ‘eco’, ‘ethical’ and ‘green’ in one unified movement. It is a practice that takes the time to create quality and value for not only the product but all elements involved in the process.
The demand for our products, a sustainable alternative, has exceeded the capabilities of our small scale production line to supply. We do not have the funding to create the next platform, to respond to the consumer need. We need your help!
We are going to Nepal in March for on the ground research, but with your funding we can create more than just books full of contacts. We want to partner up with the community and employ workers who are in need, creating sustainable manufacturing with the vision to implement solar panelling. Hemp grows naturally in abundance in Nepal, and we want to document the cultural role of this plant and what it means for their communities.
Authenticity in our products comes from the soil up and we will be on
We want to help by creating business and helping rebuild the economy. Creating a new face of fashion, in which the consumer has access to the whole story, the total cost. We will be personally meeting our makers, visiting the crops, overseeing production and creating sustainable production.
We will be creating a short documentary of our process to give our customers access to visual story and complete impact of their products. We believe total transparency is an essential element of any sustainable practice. In praise of slowness, a film to celebrate culture, connection and the creative process.
We are pledging $55,000, a big number and a big vision! With your help, this will go straight into the resources for creating authentic sustainable products. What does this mean?
From creating a safe and secure in-house sustainable factory space, ideally with solar panelling, sewing machines. To securing and purchasing a hemp supply, testing and researching the quality of the fabric, the farm conditions and the farmers. Employing local designers, sewers, and representatives. Actually setting designs into production, creating the stock to supply it to our customers. To create recyclable packaging, postage bags, tags and labels. To getting the necessary international 'ticks of approval' of sustainability. We will also use the funding to purchase a camera for documenting the process and if we reach over the funding, to hire a film maker for the entire trip.
The Plant... What's the hype?
Hemp is a plant with the potential to revolutionise many industries especially the world of fashion. Why?
The cultivation of hemp requires no pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and revitalises the soil!
It grows in abundance using less than half the amount of water than cotton, producing up to 3 times the amount in the same amount of land!
The fibre is naturally uv resistant, incredibly strong and naturally disinfectant.
This fibre lasts a lifetime.
One acre of hemp can produce as much paper as 2 - 4 acres of trees, and has a growing cycle of only a few months, instead of a few years.
Hemp extracts up to 4 times the amount of carbon dioxide than trees. Agricultural hemp can be used as an extremely efficient insulation material for energy efficient buildings.
A sustainable source of super foods, high in protein and essential fatty acids.
A sustainable source for creating paper products.
Natural infection-resistant linens for hospitals and bandages for trauma patients. Non chemically processed hygiene products. (This alone could save hundreds of lives per year.)
Industrial absorbents for cleaning up oil spills without harming the surrounding ecosphere.
Nutritional supplements and medical benefits from CBD oils.
The power lies with the people, to create change with this plant.
As firm believers in sacred responsibility our ethos is strongly planted from the roots to the soil with the intention of creating a process, a system of production that is based upon holistic sustainability.
Holistic Sustainability is a term we coined to describe our perspective on sustainable practice. Cultivating sustainable practice is an evolving process of re-evaluating how we see ourselves in the world. The level of responsibility for business, is how involved are we willing to be? How much does our ethos reflect the lifestyle behind the brand? We walk our talk.
We are set out to re-connect the world through the fashion industry. Purifying and reversing not only the physical damage of the current state of toxic pollutions from cotton farming, dying and distribution. But the social and socio-economical effects of the damage the industry, through the way it presents itself in social media and marketing, has upon the wellbeing of the individual and the community. We want to re-empower self love and worth through diverse, basic hemp clothing accessible to all and aligned with a message of connection. Action, the heart of activism, begins with belief, and so through spreading awareness and empowering the people to reject the current state of fashion, we can begin to generate a collective eco-mind. Which will ripple out into all avenues, all industries, all communities.
A consciousness of connection, naturally shapes a sustainable mindset. When we feel connected to our earth and to each other, we naturally protect and preserve that which brings us life.
This is the work we do.
Inspiring a connection to nature, connection to humanity and connection to self. The vehicle of transformation we use to spread our philosophy is Hemp.
Here at the Hemp Temple, we are for the people and for the planet. Our vision is to reclaim hemp as the fibre of a global revolution.
We create stylistically simple designs, based upon the ethos of sustainability, to get the most wear of our products. We create 'basics' to ensure our styles can reach a wide market, using raw, white and stone dyed black as our staple colours.
The driving force behind the Hemp Temple is the friendship, passion and vision shared between Anna, Brittany and Silver. Relationships built upon a 20 year friendship, a collective passion for change and community development and a deep love for the Earth and humanity. Living and working with the earth, community and simplicity.
Risks and challenges
We have 3 years of experience working with the risks and challenges that come with international communication and production. We have learned to discern the integrity of our production process by meeting our makers first hand and creating personal relationships. Our current production was established in person 2 years ago in India. With awareness of the difficulties of language barriers, we have experience in creating a place of production from the ground up.
We are prepared to face challenges that naturally arise with creating business ventures in foreign places. In documenting our process, we hope to give value to all of our experiences, spreading awareness of the role hemp and fashion play in Nepal.
We are attempting to create pieces of quality and durability, raw hemp is a fibre that can vary in both of these aspects. So finding the right fibre is an essential part of the process, that may take us from Nepal to India or China. We will be discovering the most sustainable way to produce, including a place of production, fibre and sewers that can sustain an expanding supply demand. Finding the right place of production, the right fibre, the right people to produce; are the heart of expansion and so we will be open and flexible to where our discoveries may take us, to ensure that our completed project will be able to create and sustain products of quality and integrity.
We will be posting updates while we are in Nepal, sharing the story, speed bumps and all. We want our backers to be a part of our story, and the story of the hemp revolution. This often means things can work to their own timing, letting plans change and sychronicities take our vision to where we intend it to go.
We will overcome any issues with flexibility, trust and transparency.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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