Monday, March 2, 2009

Save an Animal! Buy Hemp Fur! Shop Local!

Yes, you heard me correctly: HEMP FUR. I had no idea that such a product even existed until I stopped by the not-really-new-but-new-to-me Adams Morgan store Capitol Hemp.

Hemp has come a long way from its scratchy, burlappy past. Blended with silk, cotton and other fibers, hemp is as silky, soft and flowey as you want it to be. Now, its even furry! Plus, if you like the fuzziness factor, but don't want to buy the regular faux fur (which is usually petroleum-based) hemp fur is the answer for you. No animals, no petroleum. It's like an eco-fashionista's wet dream. (Okay, okay, maybe just mine. . . )

Here are some of the hemp fur products you can get - from the Amsterdam-based co. Hemp Hoodlamb (get it? get it? Hoodlamb, like Hoodlum . . . okay, whatever. I thought it was clever.) :

(Pics from Inhabitat.)

Capitol Hemp carries a huge assortment of basic and stylish hemp and hemp-blend items. Socks, underwear, t-shirts, etc. When I stopped in, they had the sweetest little hemp/cotton mini-skirts on sale for $40. Note to self: must get one for Spring.
Some of the brands they carry are: Livity, Two Jupiters, Jungmaven, Swirl Space, Ecolution, Mountains of The Moon (great fashion basics here), Envirotextiles, Sweet Grass, Hempys, The Hempest, Hemp Hoodlamb, Canaan Fair Trade, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, Black Spot Sneakers (want that Converse hipster look? Go fair trade and hemp with these!), Hemp Sisters, Living Harvest.

So, if you have not checked out DC's first adorable little hemp store (pic of of the store below) please do! I think you'd like it. Really.


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