The Benefits of Hemp
"Hemp can save the planet" - Jack Herer
3X STRONGER THAN COTTON
Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all-natural textile fibers. Urbane Luggage's exterior shell is 100% hemp fiber, which is lightweight and absorbent, with three times the strength of cotton. Not only is hemp durable, but it also holds its shape and color better than any other natural fiber.
THE VERSATILITY OF HEMP
Top producers in many diverse industries use hemp as raw material for clothes, food products, cars, building materials, cosmetics, and more! Today, more than 50,000 products are created from hemp. Hemp fabric is superior in terms of premium quality.
UV and mold-resistant, hemp is excellent to travel all around the world.
Easy on the Environment
Aside from fertile soil, hemp requires only light and very little water (half as much as cotton). And, the crop can thrive without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers. In about 100 days, hemp replenishes the soil where it grows and absorbs more carbon dioxide than trees. Furthermore, nothing is wasted in the hemp production process: roots, seeds, stem, bast fibers, and flowers are used to make a wide variety of products.
Tencel signature lining
TENCEL™ has several different qualities that make it a worthy choice for our signature lining. Similar to rayon in feel, Tencel is soft, breathable, lightweight, and biodegradable (can fully revert to nature). TENCEL™ fibers originate from the renewable raw material wood created by the natural process of photosynthesis. The cellulosic fibers are manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
Tencel is made from cellulose in wood pulp, which is harvested from tree-farmed trees. Cellulose is the natural polymer that makes up the living cells of all vegetation. The tree farms have been established on land unsuitable for food crops or grazing.
The fiber is produced via an advanced ‘closed loop’ solvent spinning process, with minimal impact on the environment and economical use of energy and water. The solvent used in the process is toxic but 99% is recovered and continually recycled.
Production plant emissions are significantly lower in comparison to many other human-made fiber operations. The closed-loop process used to manufacture Lyocell fiber does not require bleach, which is commonly used in the production of different fabrics. Tencel/Lyocell products contain no free chlorine and are sold as “TCF – products”. The European Union awarded this process the Environmental Award 2000 in the category “technology for sustainable developments.”
eco-faux Leather Trim
Naturally soft Polyurethane faux leather offers a greener alternative to vinyl (PVC). PVC contains chloride and is not degradable. It leaches toxic additives in landfills and emits carcinogenic dioxin when incinerated. Polyurethane faux leather offers a greener alternative to leather. Leather production is a chemical-laden process, including the use of heavy metals.
Urbane Luggage leather trim passes the California Section 01350 emissions test, which tests potential interior products for extremely low levels of toxic chemicals, including VOCs. Our leather is manufactured in an ISO 14001 certified facility, that is conscientious of the green movement. A variety of policies are in places, such as air and water pollution decrement systems, as well as reduction and reuse of solvents.