Jungmaven founder Robert Jungmann has been working with hemp textiles and natural dyes since '93. Tie dyeing and batiking with indigo, black tea, coffee, turmeric and making paper with the hemp scraps.
Our goal is to get everyone in a Hemp T-Shirt by 2020. The more farming of industrial hemp the better for the environment. Hemp cleans oxygen, water and nourishes the land. Hemp uses very little to no pesticides or insecticides and needs a fraction of the water that cotton takes to grow.
Hemp fields turn and strengthens the soil with their 4 foot roots, cleaning soil and scrubbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Hemp produces more fiber per acre than any other natural resource producing 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more than flax.
Hemp material dates back as far as 8,000 B.C.E. America was founded on it, both Presidents Washington and Jefferson grew it, the Declaration of Independence was written on it and Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag with it. Hemp, a natural resource that can grow in every state.
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Everyone in a hemp tee by 2020™
A keen environmentalist and conservationist, Robert Jungmann has been a leader in the hemp movement since the early ‘90s. In 1993 he founded outdoor clothing company Manastash
while attending college in Washington State. Jungmann sold Manastash in 2005 and left for Costa Rica shortly thereafter. While in Costa Rica, he started working with natural dyes, batik, tie-dye and hand painting shirts, all of which takes time and patience, and is less common in modern-day apparel manufacturing. This is where Jungmaven
was born. After moving to California, Jungmann began the search for a good, local production facility who could create beautiful, handmade hemp t-shirts.
Jungmaven products are made with 55% hemp blended with organic cotton, giving the shirts a softer hand and a little more structure. The 100% hemp tees came out in 2012 and are Jungmann’s personal favorites. Jungmaven uses natural dyes such as coffee, black tea, indigo, walnut, pomegranate, onion peel, red wine and creosote. The company is always experimenting with new natural dyes. To cut back on waste, Jungmaven does not use hangtags and ships its products with no packaging or plastics.
Jungmann strongly believes in working with hemp for multiple reasons. Hemp is a natural fiber that’s cultivated with low impact on the environment. It requires no irrigation, uses no pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or GMO seeds. It’s one of the most durable natural fibers on the planet and results in a fabric with a wonderful hand. Hemp also scrubs carbon dioxide
from the atmosphere. Cultivation of hemp improves soil health, and farmers can plant food crops in the same field immediately after a hemp harvest. In this way, farmers can grow cash crops and food crops on the same land. Hemp is an important alternative to cotton, which uses more insecticides
than any other crop. For more info on the benefits of hemp, click here
Unfortunately, industrial hemp is illegal to grow in most parts of the world. Activists, businesses and farmers alike are working hard to get the laws changed, but government agencies continue to mistakenly associate it with marijuana. Jungmaven currently imports its high-quality hemp fabric from China, currently the world’s largest producer of industrial hemp.
In 2010, Jungmaven launched a campaign, Hemp 2020
, to help raise awareness around the positive environmental impacts of hemp farming. The campaign’s mission is to “get everyone in a hemp t-shirt by 2020.” As consumers become more aware of the effects their choices have on the world around them, they have become more willing to spend money on products that have a positive impact. We've reached a tipping point in the climate change conversation and are at the forefront of a shift toward conscious consumption
. Hemp 2020 aims to get industrial hemp legal state by state. Its efforts are to help slow climate change by growing hundreds of thousands of acres of hemp to be used for food, homes, cars, paper, plastics, textiles, fuel and more.
To date, Jungmann has sold or given away approximately 1.5 million hemp t-shirts, furthering the company’s mission to raise hemp awareness.
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