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 vision is to get everyone in a Hemp T-Shirt by 2020 to help mitigate climate change. 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 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 is a natural resource that can grow in every state.
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 back to the USA, Jungmann began the search for a good, local production facility who could create beautiful, handmade hemp t-shirts.
Hemp is 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.
Unfortunately, industrial hemp is illegal to grow in most parts of the USA. Activists, businesses and farmers alike are working hard to get the laws changed, but government agencies continue to mistakenly associate it with marijuana. Jungmaven imports its high-quality hemp fabric from China, currently the world’s largest producer of industrial hemp.
In 2010, Jungmaven launched the "Hemp 2020" campaign to help raise awareness around the positive environmental impacts of hemp farming. The campaign’s vision is to “get everyone in a hemp t-shirt by 2020.” As we all become more aware of the effects our choices have on the world around us, we 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 products, furthering the company’s mission to raise hemp awareness.
Jungmann has used apx. 420 tons of hemp to build the 1.5 million hemp products stretching over 24 years. Each ton of hemp grown represents 1.63 tons of CO2 absorption in the field. To our calculation, by growing and working with hemp we've taken apx. 684 tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere, saved apx. 1 billion gallons of fresh water and prevented 500 thousand pounds of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizer that eventually would have ended up in our food and water supply if our production were 100% cotton.