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bamboo tunic dress from Braintree hempJust a quick post from me today. The weather is dragging me from my computer at the moment – yipee! Yesterday we were out and about all day – visiting neighbours, doing a little gardening, taking photos and generally enjoying the most perfect of spring days. Last night I had that glorious glow on my face from a combination of wind and sun.

Last night, I was pointed in the direction of a website that I want to share with you. It’s called Brain Tree Hemp and stocks a small range of women’s and men’s clothes. Items are made mainly from hemp, but there are bamboo and soybean options too!

Growing between three to 16 inches a day, bamboo is sustainable and renewable. It is the strongest and fastest growing plant on earth and doesn’t need any pesticides. To top it all, it is naturally anti bacterial, making it the perfect fabric for clothes.

In a smiliar vein, hemp doesn’t require huge amounts of pesticides or herbicides. It’s also incredibly strong and durable. It replenishes soil with nutrients and nitrogen, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces lots of lovely oxygen for us.men’s hemp zip hoodie

I confess to knowing nothing about soybean fabrics, but I will take a look into this next week and see what I can find out.

I have my eye on a cute tunic dress and empire line t-shirt. To my delight, there is a sale on at the moment with generous discounts.

If you’ve never tried hemp before, you could play safe with their best selling product – hemp socks, which will set you back just #4 a pair.

Have you worn hemp, bamboo or soybean? How did you get on with the washing and wearing of these fabrics?


  1. Allie on March 28, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    That dress is adorable.

    My favorite shirt is bamboo. It’s so soft and wears well. It doesn’t stretch out with washing (and I haven’t noticed shrinking either). And it even controls odor.

    It makes me wonder why cotton is still so popular. Bamboo is so much better.

  2. Mrs Green on March 28, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Hi Allie,

    Good to see you and thanks for sharing your experience of bamboo. Oh well then, it looks like I’ll just have to treat myself to that dress 😀

    Love your site – I’m going to add a link to you in a moment.

    Thanks for dropping by,

    Mrs G x

  3. Layla on November 19, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I’ve been wondering what these would feel like!! 🙂

    Haven’t worn any, didn’t know fabric can even be made from soybeans!! (I wonder if they are GMO-free, toxic-free soybeans though, and how it’s made?)

    Have been sceptical of bamboo since I first found out about it (it was in some mostly-non-eco catalogues with so many excellent adjectives that it immediately made me suspicious!)

    I have had better thoughts about hemp, since it needs no toxics to grow.. Still not sure what kind of chemicals they treat it with to make it soft, and if they are iffy or okay? As far as I know, conventional hemp products were well, not soft! 🙂

  4. Mrs Green on November 20, 2009 at 9:38 am

    @Layla: well apart from the bamboo pads, I’ve not tried anything either. The soybean fabric intrigues me and I still know nothing about it. You’re right though, the way they soften fabrics needs to be investigated further….

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