Healing the Planet with Hemp
Our mission is to make high quality, low impact, responsible fashion that helps to create a healthier future for all beings and the planet. Jungmaven garments are finely milled for durability and responsibly sourced, sewn, and made with love in California. Fashion is a form of activism: what we choose to wear says both who we are and what we stand for. Making beautiful, high-quality hemp clothing is our way of creating a medium through which we can all demand change with our dollars and express what kind of future we want to live in. Choosing a hemp tee is a small, simple act– but it’s one that can change the world. Hemp’s potential to mitigate climate change is one of the greatest opportunities of our generation. Learn more about how growing hemp purifies the soil and mitigates climate change here.
Jungmaven launched HEMP 2020 a decade ago to raise awareness around the positive environmental impacts of hemp farming and to get hemp legal to grow again in the US. We’ve made major progress, and are seeing hemp become widely recognized for its benefits. As we look forward into the next decade, we face a critical moment in the history of our planet. Let’s build a future where people and the planet exist in a mutually beneficial state, recognizing that we are all ONE.
Robert Jungmann, JUNGMAVEN founder, is a founding member of the Hemp Industries Association– a group formed in 1994 and instrumental in the legalization of industrial hemp. Their work directly led to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill which was a giant win for hemp– making it legal to grow again in the United States for the first time since 1937. This step was a new beginning for hemp, and while the US hemp industry is now headed in a good direction–it isn’t yet producing enough to meet production demands for JUNGMAVEN garments.
There’s still much work to be done. Apart from the on-going legislative battle to eliminate legal obstacles that keep hemp farms from thriving– farmers themselves are still building systems and perfecting the elements of processing: harvesting, retting, cleaning, spinning, knitting, cutting, sewing, and dying. The cotton industry has been prioritized for so long, while hemp was illegal, and only now is hemp able to start catching up in regards to streamlined manufacturing processes.
One day we hope to use hemp grown right here in the United States, but for now we responsibly source our hemp from China. We have a healthy 25 year relationship with reputable growers in Shanxi and Heilongjiang Provinces of China who pay fair wages and operate under ethical working conditions. In addition, we are working on a resource guide to help connect small American hemp farmers with factories.
Since cotton has dominated the fashion industry for much of the last century, new manufacturing and knitting methods adapted for hemp need to be implemented. JUNGMAVEN has been key in this process and in building the infrastructure of hemp knitting in the US– leading to hemp textiles becoming much more widely available. As US knitters become more adept at working with the hemp yarn– it positively affects the whole hemp production system, creating demand for farmers and making hemp textiles more available. We currently knit a quarter of our fabric in the United States, and have paved the way for other brands to do the same. Encouraging domestic knitting of hemp is a critical step forward that will ensure hemp becomes a viable textile in mainstream fashion.
Who We Are
Jungmaven was born from a crazy imagination, and we love that our customers share this non-linear, creative way of thinking. You inspire us, and we thank-you for believing in and supporting what we do at Jungmaven by choosing hemp. Please take care of each other.
& the Jungmaven Team