Hemper is the second Spanish fashion brand to win the international B Corp™ label. The B Corps™ are leaders of a global movement of people who use business as a force for good (Force For Good™).

In Hemper they bet for a production totally respectful with the environment and society, using natural and / or recycled materials for the production of their sustainable backpacks, all their production process is carried out in Nepal and is made using traditional textile techniques and local materials, thus promoting the economic and social development of disadvantaged local communities.

It all starts in the mountains of the villages of western Nepal. In these villages, rural families cultivate and harvest hemp. It is then boiled to obtain the fibres from the inner part which are later joined together to obtain the yarn. The thread is taken to Kathmandu, specifically to a community in the district of Budhanilkantha.

The women of these families wash the yarn and prepare it for sewing. When it is ready, they are the ones who, in a traditional loom, mix these threads to create the fabrics. Later in the same community of Budhanilkantha, tailors make the final confection of the handmade backpacks.

Also note that the labels on the backpacks are made with Sheedo, handmade paper made in Spain from cotton fibers reused from the textile industry, with incrustations of seeds that will allow you to plant it.

Continuing with its policy of total commitment, the packaging is a bag of reused rice from Nepal, which has been minimally manipulated in order to serve as protection during shipment and that you can use it later for daily use.

Hemp is one of the least polluting natural fibers, so we bet on a product with a high percentage of this fiber. It does not need neither herbicides nor pesticides since it does not suffer plagues. Only 200-500 litres of water are used to produce 1kg of dry hemp. On the other hand, to cultivate 1kg of cotton 10 times more are needed. It is the plant with the greatest regeneration power of O2. It detoxifies the substrate and prevents erosion. Up to 4 times more hemp than cotton can be grown on the same surface.

The textile fibre is very resistant, lasts longer than cotton garments and does not lose shape so easily. It also kills bacteria, making them naturally antimicrobial and blocks ultraviolet light. It has a better thermal capacity compared to all other fibers, which means keeping the interior cool in summer and warm in winter.

Monica Zaldumbide