While the outdoor industry is always looking for innovative solutions to reduce its impact on the environment, the search for alternatives to synthetic fibers lead designers to plant based fibers, such as hemp, for it’s amazing properties.
Hemp is the oldest domesticated crop in the world, dating back 10 000 years. Industrial hemp is fast growing and can be turned into textiles, food, building materials and other renewable products. At Royal Robbins, they love hemp because it has superior natural performance and does not harm our planet – in fact, hemp is the most sustainable textile crop that has ever been encountered; it’s grown primarily with rain water, pesticide free, and its deep root systems promote soil health and prevent erosion.
Royal Robbins’ founder and his wife Liz were iconic Sierra Nevada rock climbers during the 1960s. They belonged to a scrappy band of modern climber/philosophers who coined and embraced the term “clean climbing”: a set of practices and techniques that enabled them to climb big walls with little or no damage to the rock. A literal representation of their lived ethos of deep respect for the natural world started a green climbing revolution during the 1960’s, therefore at Royal Robbins they feel especially proud to introduce their antibacterial, hard wearing, silky-soft and naturally sourced Hemp Travel Socks Collection.
Royal’s climbing ethos was to leave as little trace as possible, they mirror that in their fabric sourcing and production process. Therefore, they are proud to work with Hemp Fortex – the world’s leading hemp supplier. Founded in 1999 with the idea that textiles can be luxurious and high quality while simultaneously being sustainable and eco-friendly, Hemp Fortex source the best and most environmental fibers, spin the highest quality yarn and knit and weave eco-friendly fabrics for brands like Royal Robbins & Patagonia.
“Let your feet feel the difference and show the planet you care. For extra softness, we have added yak fibers. The yak naturally shed these luxuriously silky hairs each year. Herders comb the yaks to harvest the undercoat that is spun into ultra-fine, cashmere like yarns. The result of Yak fibers is a comfortable silky handfeel, anti-microbial, odor-resistant and breathable – attributes which are essential for active travelers.”
The Hemp Travel Socks Collection will be available for SS20 in eight different styles with designs that focus on the versatility of travel, creates the world’s most sustainable and highest performing travel sock.
Tuesday 02-06-2019 @ 11:00am CSR HUB – HALL B6
Representatives of brands and organisations will be there personally to speak about their projects, product and achievements. If you are curious about the latest developments in this exciting and challenging field you are welcome to join us!
DAYLY GUIDED TOURS
HDWool, Light My Fire, Nikwax, Re:Down
American Wool, Fluidsolids, Lavalan, myclimate, VAUDE
Beyond Surface Technologies, Lenzing, Royal Robbins, Südwolle Group, Textile Exchange