Hemp Clothing Products
Organic Cotton Linens
Rawganique.com offers sweatshop-free, chemical-free, cruelty-free, ethically & socially responsible hemp products as well as organic cotton and linen clothing, bedding, and home products that are made with love in USA, Canada, Europe, & Thailand. We do not test any of our products on animals; except for cruelty-free wool bedding & socks, our eco-friendly products are also 100% vegetarian, vegan, and PVC-free. Our hypo-allergenic organic products come in standard, Big & Tall, Plus, & Petite sizes, and a whole lot of coziness. We are a human-scale family business that's been celebrating uniqueness since 2000.
At Rawganique.com, pure is the word! Rawganique ships to USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, S. Korea, and more.
Hemp Clothing Products, Organic Cotton & Linen Products
I love to see anything that implies a simpler mode of life and a greater nearness to the earth. — Henry David Thoreau
Our goal is to tread lightly on this fragile planet of ours. We believe in purity, sustainability, simplicity, integrity of the human spirit, and quality of life. To that end, the organic cotton, linen, and hemp products we make are free of objectionable stuff like PVC, formaldehyde, animal cruelty, dioxin, bleach, pesticides, heavy metals, acids, or harsh chemicals. None of our products are tested on animals. All of our products are made without cruelty to animals.
We are a human-scale family business that manufactures only pure & sustainable natural fiber products. We make stuff that fits, so you'll find lots of things here that range in sizes from petite to 4XL. Rawganique's organic cotton, linen, and hemp products are made in USA, Canada, Europe, and Thailand (by sew-at-home artisans who are paid fair wages and get to be at home with their families, not stuck in a sweatshop somewhere).
The co-founders of Rawganique live totally off the grid on a small island off the Strait of Georgia. Their homestead is powered by the sun & wind and yields most of their yummy organic foods year-round.
We truly believe that our planet deserves our care. We love what we do, we are passionate about our work, and we are grateful for the chance to connect with like-minded folks from around the world. Here's to all of you kindred spirits out there: Thank you for being there.
May love, peace, happiness, sustainability, and truth prevail.
Namaste. ("I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One." — From Wikipedia entry for Namaste.)
A note to customers: You won't hear from us unless you have to. We don't solicit or keep e-mail lists. We won't send you marketing e-mails. We don't distribute or sell customer information. You will only hear from us by phone or e-mail if we have a question about your order. Life is too precious and short to dish out spam or have to deal with one!
If you are waiting for a back-order or interested in hearing about new product announcements or specials, please follow us on Twitter via the link on the right-hand column. We post mini updates, arrival dates, and specials on our Twitter account from time to time and think it's a great and short & sweet way to connect with our customers.
We ship worldwide. We use recycled packaging materials to lessen the impact on the environment. There is no sales tax for US or overseas customers. Canadian customers: we have a warehouse in BC, so there are no custom brokerage fees or duties to pay. GST or HST applies on Canadian orders.
If you have the time, we invite you to read on for more information and tidbits about Rawganique.com and about the many uses of hemp, the wondrous plant that might just save the day in this age of Global Warming. Thanks for visiting! It's so nice to have you here.
» What's unique about Rawganique hemp products? Plus some FAQ's.
- Our products are made from pure natural fibers: organic cotton, linen, and hemp grown without chemicals or pesticides of any kind in USA or Europe. Since 2000, we have been manufacturing most of the organic cotton, linen, and hemp products you see on our website. We only use warm water and mechanical combing to soften our hemp fiber per heritage traditional methods, whereas most Chinese hemp fibers are chemically softened with acids and other toxic substances. Our vegan clothing - vegetarian clothing have been enjoyed by people of all ages since 2000.
- In 2007, Rawganique.com debuted the world's first 100% organically grown European hemp knit.
- Why are Rawganique's products expensive?
Compared to non-organic and sweatshop products, our products might appear expensive at first. But when you consider that
our workers are paid fair wages, that we use only high-quality organic raw materials, that we finish our products responsibly, and that we go out of our way to make sure our products are as sustainable and pure as possible, then you might see that our products are actually quite reasonably priced. Much of the price of our products goes towards sweatshop-free labor and organic raw materials, which in our opinion is as it should be.
- Why are Rawganique's products cheap?
Because we sell directly to our customers. There are no middle people to mark things up to market to you. We are a small manufacturer who aims to make a modest profit so that we can bankroll our next production. We strive to offer eco-friendly alternatives in the marketplace that's chock-full of chemically-laden, sweatshop-made products. We want to change all that by offering alternatives that won't harm you, our workers, or the environment. Our chemically-sensitive customers as well as customers who will settle for nothing less than truly sustainable products will appreciate our passion and commitment to purity.
- Do you offer discount coupons or sales?
No. We don't believe in marking things up excessively and then marking them down and calling it a "sale". We have very modest margins. This is in contrast to most mainstream retailers that produce things cheaply, often in sweatshops, so that they are able to command a high advertising budget and profit margin; these retailers are then able to offer discount coupons and sales to encourage more buying activity. We are just happy to be a small manufacturer offering a unique line of products that cater to chemically-sensitive and environmentally-positive people.
We specialize in timeless styles of clothing, so we are not seasonally motivated like most mainstream retailers. That's why we don't hold end-of-season sales. Since we ship globally, winter in one location is summer in another, so our stock isn't affected by the seasons like brick-and-mortar stores. Once in a while, we need more room in our warehouse, so we hold clearance specials on discontinued items, all of which are listed on our "Specials" page that you'll find in the left-hand column.
The "Coupon" box in the shopping cart is for Gift Certificates, not discount coupons.
- Rawganique = Raw. Organic. Unique.
» What fibers do you work with?
Our products are made from organic cotton, linen, and hemp. We do not carry any products made from bamboo because a lot of chemical processing is usually involved in turning bamboo plants into fiber (read more under the next bullet).
» Is there a difference between European and Chinese hemp?
There is a big difference between European hemp and Chinese hemp. Our European hemp is grown without chemicals, defoliants, or pesticides of any kind. We mechanically comb and wash our European hemp in warm water to soften the fibers, whereas often Chinese hemp is washed in chemicals and acids to soften the fibers, making the Chinese hemp fibers weaker in the process, not to mention the environmental and health consequences of using chemicals.
» Why aren't there hemp fabrics from US or Canada?
It has been legal for a few years now to grow hemp in Canada. At this time, hemp grown in Canada is mainly used for food (the plants are bred to yield good quality hemp seeds, which have an ideal ratio of Omega-3 and Omega-6, but not long-staple baste fibers for weaving). We have lost the technology through years of prohibition to convert hemp fiber to usable fabrics for clothing in Canada. That's why European hemp is currently the purest source of hemp fiber for clothing, bedding, and bath. Hemp is still prohibited from being grown in the US (although that may be changing soon). It is legal to buy hemp products in the US and the rest of the world, but only a few countries allow cultivation of the hemp plant.
Of course, hemp fiber is closely associated with marijuana because it came from the same original cannabis plant, with the difference that THC content was bred out of hemp fiber and the cannabis grown for fiber has been bred to yield longer stalks for weaving.
More interesting info from Wikipedia:
- Cannabis activist Jack Herer has researched DuPont and in his 1985 book The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Herer concluded DuPont played a large role in the criminalization of marijuana cannabis.
- In 1938, DuPont patented the processes for creating plastics from coal and oil and a new process for creating paper from wood pulp. If hemp had been largely exploited, Herer believes it would have likely been used to make paper and plastic (nylon), and may have hurt DuPont's profits.
- Andrew Mellon of the Mellon Bank was DuPont's chief financial backer and was also the Secretary of the Treasury under the Hoover administration. Mellon appointed Harry J. Anslinger, who later became his nephew-in-law, as the head of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (FBNDD) and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN), where Anslinger stayed until 1962.
- In 1916, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) chief scientists Jason L. Merrill and Lyster H. Dewey created paper made from hemp pulp, which they concluded was "favorable in comparison with those used with pulp wood" in USDA Bulletin No. 404." In his book Herer summarized the findings of Bulletin No. 404:
USDA Bulletin No. 404, reported that one acre of hemp, in annual rotation over a 20-year period, would produce as much pulp for paper as 4.1 acres (17,000 m2) of trees being cut down over the same 20-year period. This process would use only 1/7 to 1/4 as much polluting sulfur-based acid chemicals to break down the glue-like lignin that binds the fibers of the pulp, or even none at all using soda ash.
The problem of dioxin contamination of rivers is avoided in the hemp paper making process, which does not need to use chlorine bleach (as the wood pulp paper making process requires) but instead safely substitutes hydrogen peroxide in the bleaching process. ... If the new (1916) hemp pulp paper process were legal today, it would soon replace about 70% of all wood pulp paper, including computer printout paper, corrugated boxes and paper bags.
- Hemp was a relatively easy target because factories already had made large investments in equipment to handle cotton, wool, and linen, but there were relatively small investments in hemp production.
- Another issue with hemp is that the average yield of economical useful fiber from hemp is normally much lower than the yield of fiber from a well managed forest in the north of the U.S. since it is only the outer skin (the bast) surrounding the stem of the hemp that contains fibers that are economically useful for production of paper.  Big technological improvements in the wood pulp industry were invented in the 1930s; for example the recovery boiler allowed kraft mills to recycle almost all of their pulping chemicals, and other improvements came later.
- There was also a misconception hemp had an intoxicating effect because it has the same active substance, THC, which is in potent cannabis strains; however, hemp only has minimal amount of THC when compared to recreational cannabis strains.
» Why don't you have any soy, tencil, or bamboo fiber products?
With soy, there are issues with genetic engineering, chemicals, and pesticides. Tencil is made from fresh wood pulp (not recycled wood) so trees have to be cut down.
With bamboo, there are issues with chemical processing to get to soft fiber. On top of that, it seems that the fibers many manufacturers are referring to as "bamboo" are in fact rayon. News: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US and the Competition Bureau in Canada have begun to file charges against manufacturers of bamboo fiber products for making false claims. "The US FTC this week charged four sellers of clothing and other textile products with deceptively labeling and advertising these items as made of bamboo fiber, when they are made of rayon." And in Canada: "Identification of man-made fibres must conform to a list of generic fibres. Under the Textile Labeling Act and Regulations "bamboo" is not listed as a generic fibre name, and as a result it is not legal to identify the fibre content on a label as "bamboo". Because of the processing involved, "rayon" must be used."
We don't work with recycled plastic fleece or other synthetic fibers because of their high potential for toxicity, outgassing, and allergic reactions. Fortunately, we don't need any of these fibers. With organic cotton, linen, and hemp, we can make most clothing and home products that anyone could possibly need.
» Do you offer Plus and Tall sizes?
Absolutely! Most of our organic cotton, linen, and hemp clothing come in Petite, Plus, Big & Tall, as well as regular sizes. We constantly expand our sizing range to accommodate the full spectrum of eco-conscious and chemically-sensitive folks everywhere. We value your feedback, so write to us if you need an even wider size range. With enough feedback from our valued customers, we'll be happy to comply. Let us know!
» What is sweatshop-free?
For us, sweatshop-free means fair labor conditions and respect for human rights. We ensure that the facilities we use for our production adhere to the highest fair labor standards. Most are either unionized, or set up as worker-owned cooperatives. We also have sew-at-home arrangements with artisans of many years' experience — this allows talented sewers, many of whom are elderly and single-parent mothers, to work at home and still earn a fair income.
Our products are made in USA, Canada, the EU, and Thailand. (It's true that having products made in these countries does not guarantee sweatshop-free conditions: even though human rights violations are illegal, sweatshops still exist, unfortunately.) We are a small manufacturer so are sweatshop-free almost by definition (sweatshops usually churn out big volumes for big manufacturers). More importantly, we are fully committed to making sustainable products that respect both human rights and the environment. Once in a while, a customer would ask us why our products aren't as "cheap" as some products made elsewhere: some reasons are high-quality organic materials and quality sewing cost more, and paying sewers a fair salary will result in a higher price than if sewers are paid a few cents an hour, as is the practice in many "sweatshop" factories.
We are involved in the production process from beginning to end to be sure of procuring the right fabric weave & weight and the right fit & finish for our unique products. First, we obtain organic raw materials of the highest quality possible (it's very rare that we use organic stock fabrics, preferring instead to custom-make fabrics for each job to truly realize our designer's vision; most of our fabrics are actually unique to us and aren't available in the marketplace). Then we contract top knitters and weavers to turn our organic fibers into the perfect fabric for the job. Once the fabric is made to our specifications, we contract sew-at-home artisans or sweatshop-free sewing facilities to work on the production. Lastly, our products are ecologically finished, then packaged, and sent to our warehouse for distribution. We also carry a small number of products made by respectable organic outfits that are as committed to sweatshop-free practices as we are.
» Who buys your hemp products?
Hemp purists, connoisseurs of heritage linens, and eco-conscious folks from around the world. Chemically-sensitive people and those suffering from environmental allergies — MCS or multiple chemical sensitivities. Patients recovering from major surgeries and chemotherapy whose skin has become sensitive to industrial chemicals, synthetics, and dyes in clothing, sheets, and towels. Renowned green-organic spas, hotels, restaurants, retreats, and resorts around the world. People of all ages who care about the environment, health, and human rights.
With Global Warming on everyone's minds, we're also seeing more and more new folks who are interested in helping the environment. Many customers find us through such publications as Elle, Natural Home, People, Wish, Envy, Modern Dog Today, InStyle, the LA Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Alive, The Green Guide, Kansas City Star, as well as websites such as The National Geographic, Woody Harrelson's, Tao Of Change, the Green Muze, and numerous others which have featured or written about our products.
We are moved by the good work that people are doing around the world, touched by the support we have received through the years, and thankful for the opportunity to provide the global eco-community with eco-friendly green products that are sustainably made, comfortable, stylish, and borne of fresh & innovative takes on heritage traditions.
» How can hemp alleviate Global Warming?
Hemp is a renewable, sustainable plant that's very versatile. It's fiber for clothing and home products, nutritious food for good health, pulp for paper, cellulose for energy, oil for paint, fiber for insulation and industrial applications, and so much more. Hemp has the potential to end our reliance on fossil fuels once and for all. Hemp clothing keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. Hemp grows quickly and enriches the soil as it grows. Hemp doesn't need fertilizers or much water to grow. Read more.
» What are your most popular products?
There are many, but hemp suits for weddings and work, hemp shower curtains, French linen sheets, hemp yoga-karate pants, organic cotton underwear and socks, organic cotton mattresses, hemp shoes, hemp soap, hemp jeans, and hemp towels are all at the top of the list.
» How long have you been around?
Rawganique has been offering hemp clothing and home products since 2000. We ship world-wide.
» What's your take on the environment?
We care passionately about the environment. We walk the talk and strive always to offer consumers pure, sustainable, and real alternatives to Earth-harming conventional products. The cofounders of Rawganique live simply and totally off the grid on solar & wind power; they grow their own organic foods year-round, Fukuoka-style. In fact, Rawganique was created off the grid on a Mac.
"We have chosen to become hermits in a society that demands — even requires — of us an over-exposure to its various mind-numbing media outlets and corporate advertising. Life has become a lot more manageable and beautiful since we took ourselves off the treadmill of modern society with all its irresistible trappings. We can actually hear the sounds of nature and see and feel the simplicity in all things. We have, in effect, become our environment. We can feel its splendor, glory, and sadness, and we do all we can to leave our environment as healthy, sane, safe, clean, and natural as we imagine the original pristine environment to be. That's our purpose in life." More info can be found on the About Us page.
» Do you have a print catalogue?
Yes! We print our 28-page full-size catalogues on 100% recycled paper using biodegradable vegetable inks. Our printer is wind-powered. We will be happy to include one free with your order. Or you can purchase one for $5 in N. America, $10 elsewhere, to help offset printing & shipping costs.
» How do I order?
Click the "Add to Cart" button on the product pages to put items in your shopping cart. Once you're ready to pay, click "Checkout" and give your billing, shipping, and payment information, and you're done! We usually ship orders the same day they are placed.
» Is shopping at Rawganique safe?
Definitely! Our online shopping cart employs the highest security standards and protocol, so it's 100% safe and secure. (Verisign Secure Seal)
» Are your products returnable?
Of course. You may exchange or return unused clothing and footwear products within 30 days of receipt. Bedding, bath, food, underwear, and custom items are, however, not returnable due to prohibitive cost or hygienic reasons. More info is provided on our Help page.
» How do I contact you?
Call us toll-free at 1.877.Raw.Hemp between 9AM – 4PM Pacific Standard Time, Monday – Friday. For fastest service: Please click here to e-mail us.
» Even more information about Rawganique.com
Organic Hemp Clothing + Organic Cotton & Linen Products
Rawganique.com: Unique sweatshop-free organic hemp clothing products made in USA, Canada, & Europe (not China) under fair labor conditions; we also have a comprehensive selection of organic cotton & linen clothing & home products. Our hemp products are made from certified organic European hemp (chemical-free), not Chinese hemp (many of which are processed with toxic chemicals & acids). We do not carry clothing made from soy (issues with Genetically Modified Organisms — GMO's — and pesticides and chemical fertilizers), bamboo (issues with chemicals and acids used in the manufacturing process), PET (recycled soda bottles: issues with outgassing and chemicals), or wood fiber (made from new wood, plus acids & chemicals in processing).
Founded in 2000 by Thammarath Jamikorn & Klaus Wallner, Rawganique.com is a human-scale family business that promotes sustainable organic hemp clothing products (as well as organic cotton & linen products) and way of life. We are concerned about the fragile condition of our ecosystem and inspired by the works of Scott & Helen Nearing.
Rawganique.com was created off the grid on a Mac, from clean solar & wind power. (Our cofounders homestead in a small cabin powered solely by the sun & wind and grow most of their own organic produce.)
Our catalogue of hemp products is printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable ink and non-toxic, water-based coating.
We remain committed to supplying the global eco community with pure, sweatshop-free, and environmentally conscious hemp clothing products that are made under fair labor conditions in the US, Canada, & Europe. We also offer a selection of organic clothing made in Thailand by sew-at-home seniors in their 50's and 60's. Our organic cotton, linen, and hemp clothing & home products are made without heavy metals or harsh chemicals for true purity & environmental sustainability.
With over 1,000 organic cotton, linen, hemp clothing & home products on offer, Rawganique.com is one of the internet's most comprehensive sources of quality eco products that are friendly to people and the environment.
Over the years, Rawganique.com's organic cotton & hemp clothing & home products have been featured in Natural Home Magazine, Elle Magazine, Instyle Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post, L.A. Time, The Green Guide, The Today Show, Modern Dog Magazine, as well as many other magazines, books, & television shows. Our organic hemp products have also been used in many films as well as the Manhattan production of the hit Abba Broadway musical Mamma Mia!
Our organic hemp linens and bath products can also be found in many luxury green hotels all over the world (Vanessa Noel's Green Hotel in Nantucket is one example). We are deeply grateful to the above as well as all of our customers who have supported and encouraged us through the years. We also wish to thank Woody Harrelson, Alicia Silverstone, as well as other celebrities who have spoken up on behalf of the environment and who walk their talk.
The only way to make sure you're getting truly pure and sustainable hemp products that are free from chemical defoliants and other toxins is to choose hemp clothing, footwear, food, and home products that are made from certified organic European hemp.
Hemp clothing in other languages: Hanff Kleidungstücker, Vêtements de chanvre, asa, asanuno, nawa, ama, mafu, omeshi, hifuku, omeshimono, irui, ishokujuu, iryou
A word of greeting from the Rawganique family:
Welcome to Rawganique.com Organic Cotton, Linen, & Hemp Clothing and Home Products, where the good life is the simple life. Please consider our website of sustainable products a quiet, old-fashioned retreat from the hecticness and rampant chemicalization that are characteristic of the modern, conventional world -- we at Rawganique.com wholeheartedly embrace the Slow Is Beautiful Movement (slow living, slow food, slow cities, slow islands).
May love, peace, purity of mind and spirit, happiness, goodwill, mindfulness, health, light, and sustainability prevail.
» Hemp in other cultures and languages
Hemp has a powerful history in many cultures across the globe. In Japan, hemp is strongly associated with newlyweds, with the wedding party clad in hemp clothing for the celebration. Hemp was in use in Egypt even before cotton. A plentiful and quality supply of hemp canvas (for sails) and hemp ropes was of course the main ingredient in a any navy's success (this was before nylon and other synthetics came along). Hemp was used in construction of bridges and buildings in the Middle Ages in Europe. The list goes on.
Here is how "Hemp clothing products", "organic cotton products"
, and "organic linen products" translate into different languages:
- French: vêtements de chanvre , produits en coton biologique , produits lin biologique
- Swedish: hampa beklädnadsprodukter , av ekologisk bomull , ekologiska linneprodukter
- Spanish: productos de cáñamo ropa , productos de algodón orgánico , productos orgánicos de lino
- German: Hanf Bekleidung , ökologischer Baumwoll , Bio-Produkte Leinen