The Hemp Temple – three words, three people, one incredible vision.
The Hemp Temple was founded on the idea of freedom and responsibility, and also with an urge to do something that would have a positive impact on the planet. Fuelled by yoga, dancing, and caffeine, the three founders are living the vision The Hemp Temple was built on.
We sat down with co-founder Isabella, to chat more about how The Hemp Temple came to be.
What made you start The Hemp Temple?
Our first intentions for creating a business were fuelled by a deep yearning for freedom in a way only self employment could meet, later we discovered the shadow of the fashion industry and we went through a massive transformation and awakening into responsibility, shifting our focus to hemp and rebranding ourselves as The Hemp Temple. We chose to re-commit our brand as a way to create a positive impact on the planet as a way to respond to both the social and environmental crisis.
Do you have a morning routine? If so what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?
We are three people, but I will wrap it all into one. We ritualise the mornings by moving our bodies, yoga or walking or dance & then meditation. Plus adding in some breathing practice if we are feeling dedicated, then we get coffee. Coffee is definitely a ritual for us where we speak philosophy, recall our dreams, share our insights and inspirations as well as our feelings and whatever we’re struggling with. Depending on our cycles and rhythms, routines aren’t really set for us. Unless they involve coffee and the ocean.
What’s the biggest barrier you’ve found to succeeding as a socially conscious business?
The barrier is complex, as with all pioneering ideas you have to carve a new way forward through a deeply ingrained system of habits and beliefs which always implies friction, resistance and sacrifice. Socially conscious businesses are up against a well established machine of industry giants who have the resources and influence to perpetuate the fast consumeristic tendencies we have all been brought up with. The ‘easy’ paths to success is that of people over profit, money always comes first and socially conscious business is exactly the opposite. So one of the internal barriers is self forgiveness where intention and passion for perfect sustainability are met with time and resource barriers that teach you patience instead of perfectionism. Each step towards sustainability, which is arguable in itself, takes investment and happens over time. So you have to constantly hold your ground and resist the easy ways that you see other businesses doing, say using other materials that are less sustainable and much cheaper. Barriers develop a resilience which gives the business strong roots of self belief. And the barrier from the outside is the price difference of fast fashion to sustainable fashion which is a hard battle as without education people are always going to go for the cheaper option.
Within the ethical fashion community, there’s a big question that we ask which is ‘who made my clothes?’. In the scope of The Hemp Temple, who made the things you sell? Can you tell us a bit about them?
Yes we have a few videos on our website showing our workers and how our products are made. We have a beautiful family of 6 sewers in India who work from their homes and shop spaces. Our main point of contact is Mr Jain, who we love dearly. He is a philosopher and we often explore ideas of love and existence when we visit and spend the days designing and being very overfed by their hospitality.
Why did you pick the fabrics/ingredients you have chosen to work with?
Hemp is the most sustainable fibre on the earth. It requires about half of the amount of water to grow than cotton and is naturally repellent against insects, so most hemp fibres are totally chemical free. Hemp also grows a lot quicker and produces about 200-250% more fibre than cotton grown on the same amount of land. As a material, what makes hemp more amazing than other fibres is its high durability and strength, its natural bacterial qualities and the fact it is generally highly breathable. Hemp can be woven into an incredibly vast array of materials, which are only just beginning to be released into the marketplace.
Best piece of advice you have ever received?
“Keep it simple.”
What’s next for you and The Hemp Temple?
We are heading over to Europe to explore sustainability in a community sense and learn how we can implement more initiatives for a better planet through our platform. Plus we are curating a podcast to open the empower conversation and education as a key focus for the Hemp Temple community. Everything from social and climate renewal as well as politics and poetry. We are passionate about education, and are about to begin our partnership with 1% for the planet, through which we can support education and learning for kids and indigenous communities. We are also in the early stages of creating 100% hemp clothing line with a solar powered sustainable manufacturer in China. They have amazing resources and a long cultural history of farming hemp, so we are super excited to create pieces that can be passed from generation to generation until they are worn out and can return to the earth.
One book and/or documentary everyone should read/watch? Why?
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. It is a poetic manifesto that guides daily existence, and The True Cost documentary for self education about the truth of the fashion industry.
Are there any other Movers & Shakers out there in your world that you think people should know about?
The Temple of Words is a grass roots community poetry event that supports the Indigenous Literary Foundation and encourages people to open their voice in a really safe and inspiring way. Plus @odeandiefreude is an amazing instagram page for eco-feminism and community knowledge. Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Marianne Williamson and Alexandria Cortez are inspiring feminine leaders in the social and political sphere.