Los Angeles-based apparel maker Recreator has signed a contract to source hemp fiber from Bastcore, Omaha, Nebraska. Bastcore buys raw hemp which it then processes into basic materials for textiles, composites, and energy production.
The company gets its fiber from farms in Minnesota, Colorado and Kentucky, and says it has plans to also work with farmers in North Carolina and New York as hemp operations in those states get rolling.
Recreator produces eco-friendly fashions, and says it will use Bastcore’s production to make t-shirts and other articles of clothing.
“This partnership should encourage rural communities to re-invest in natural fibers and textile production. We are excited to show the pull-through capacity of Recreator by implementing Bastcore’s American-grown and processed hemp fiber into our premium apparel line,” Recreator CEO Matt McClain said in a press release.
“This fiber supply contract marks a historic milestone in the U.S. Hemp Industry, and particularly for American-made hemp textiles, since the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill,” Bastcore CEO John Lupien said.