A great variety of clothing made with hemp is already
available (and a lot of it is used by the army). It is
possible to make all kinds of fabrics with hemp; strong
and rough hemp fabric (like flax) or strong and smooth
By a process called retting, hemp needs no whitening
agent, reducing pollution. In the United States, 12 lakes
are unusable because of the whitening agents (chlorine)
used for cotton.
Hemp needs no pesticides or weedkiller to grow. Cotton on
the other hand uses about 250,000 tons of pesticides
annually (see Hemp
; educating and harvesting).