Hemp is a 'bast' fibre like its cousin, flax. It grows quickly and is resistant to insects. It requires little water to grow. Hemp has a deep root system, helping to reduce soil loss and erosion. For hemp production, herbicides aren't needed. It also reduces insects, so no pesticides are needed. Cotton uses around four times as much water as hemp processing. The fibre is naturally UV resistent and is known for its anti-bacterial and anti-mold qualities.