Organic Cotton, Linen, & Hemp Sheets Decoded: 6 Things To Know

You are ready to purify your home. You know you want pure and natural. You know you want organic and sweatshop-free. You know you want undyed and sustainable.  How do you decide which of the three organic sheets would work best for you?

Organic sateen cotton (top), organic linen (middle), and organic hemp (bottom) sheets.

Organic sateen cotton (top), organic linen (middle), and organic hemp (bottom) sheets.

At Rawganique Atelier, we have been growing, weaving and making organic cotton, linen, and hemp sheets since 1997. We touch, feel, and sleep with these fabrics everyday, and we can identify them with our eyes closed. This is why we are excited about opening our flagship retail store in Blaine, WA, so that customers who are in the Pacific Northwest can come and experience our different organic fabrics in person. We are very excited about it, and we hope you are too! 

Until then, let us describe the differences for you.

 

1) The Look, Touch & Feel

The Look:

The natural, unprocessed color of hemp fiber ranges from light beige to grey beige. We call it Desert Sand.  The color of our natural unbleached and undyed organic hemp sheets differs from batch to batch. If the harvest season is sunny, we get a lighter beige color, and if it’s prone to rain, then the color shifts towards beige grey.

Natural (unbleached, undyed) organic hemp bed sheets

Natural (unbleached, undyed) organic hemp bed sheets

Linen’s natural color is silver-platinum grey. We call it Evening Sand Dunes. Linen’s tone is much more consistent,  regardless of the weather, across the different harvest seasons.

It must be mentioned here that we grow our hemp and linen in Europe the traditional way and process them the traditional organic ways as well. We mix our linen fibers from 39 fields to maintain the integrity of the fiber and never grow a crop more than every seven years in any given field, to give the ground time to regenerate. We do the same with our hemp fibers.

Natural (unbleached, undyed) organic linen bed sheets in fine (top) and extra fine (bottom).

Natural (unbleached, undyed) organic linen bed sheets in fine (top) and extra fine (bottom).

You may know natural organic cotton color to be off-white, but this hasn’t always been the case. Thousands of years ago, cotton came in green or brown, and years of hybridization has resulted in the current off-white color.

Cotton fibers comes from the fluff in the mature pods of the cotton plant. They are then cleaned and ring-spun into yarn which can be initiated or woven. Cotton can be spun into very fine yarns, resulting in a silky smooth fabric like our organic cotton sateen sheets.

Organic sateen cotton sheets

Organic sateen cotton sheets

Linen and hemp, on the other hand, are called bast fibers, which are fibers that are extracted from stalks of plants (in this case the flax and hemp plants). The process of separating the tough outer skin from the finer fibers inside is called retting (by natural fermentation in our case, and by acid or caustic sodas in most other cases) and scutching (which further refines the rougher fibers for ropes from the finer fibers for fabrics). We then comb and spin the finer fibers into beautiful long strands that can be woven or knitted into fine fabrics.  Whereas cotton fabrics are graded by thread count (up until about 340 thread count is great and smooth while still maintaining the durability and integrity of the cotton yarn) and hemp and linen fabrics are graded by weight (how many ounces per square yard).

The Touch & Feel:

Organic linen and hemp have hollow cores of varying thickness over the length of the long-strand fiber. This makes the fabrics richly textured. You can feel the fibrous and expansive texture of the yarn, which is a sensual tactile experience for many people. Hemp and linen fabrics that have been grown and processed traditionally and organically have characteristic naps throughout. These naps are highly prized by linen and hemp connoisseurs for being the mark of high-quality, naturally processed linens.

Natural (unbleached, undyed) organic linen (left) and organic hemp (right) fabric.

Natural (unbleached, undyed) organic linen (left) and organic hemp (right) fabric.

Why are we describing hemp and linen fabrics together? Both are bast fibers that come from plant stalks (the cannabis hemp and flax linen plants, respectively). They are  processed the same way, and share many similarities in look and feel. In fact, the untrained eye would struggle to tell them apart. 

In general, linen can be made into slightly finer fabric than hemp, making it sometimes a bit smoother to the touch of your hand. In contrast, hemp, is more versatile and can be transformed into a wider range of products.

What is unique about cotton is its ability to be transformed into several varieties of look and feel: flannel and fleece are more plush and fuzzy, whereas sateen and percale are more silky and smooth.

Cotton is, by far, the most familiar of the three fabrics for most people today. That’s because, like many labor-intensive industries, it’s subsidized, and therefore made artificially cheaply available. Unfortunately, organic cotton is not (organic cotton is cotton grown and processed without pesticides, GMO, and chemicals). You can get just about anything made from conventional cotton - most often in the GMO form that is grown with pesticides and processed with chemicals. 

Historical note: Until Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793, linen and hemp were far more prevalent, because these fibers could be grown on any scale (even in your own backyard!), whereas cotton needed large plantations, cheap or free labor, and big machinery in order to be economical. Then came the cotton gin, the slave trade, and public subsidies for plantations, and the rest is history.  Cotton is a lot more intensive on water and land than either linen or hemp, which requires almost no water and, when grown organically like we do, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers to grow.

 

2) Durability

Organic hemp rope

Organic hemp rope

Hemp is known as the strongest natural fiber in the world. But what many people fail to understand is that its strength is mostly tensile, applying to linear force. For example, when hemp is twisted or braided into cords and ropes, the fiber’s strength is unmatched among natural fibers.

Organic cotton, while lacking in tensile strength, proves very durable as fabric because it can better withstand repeated friction.

The durability of hemp and linen really comes down to the way it is cared for and washed over time.

In all three cases, we recommend washing as rarely as possible. Use a front-loading washing machine, or a top loader without an agitating core. It’s very important that you keep organic fabrics away from high dry heat. Most modern dryers will weaken your natural fibers, rendering the yarn brittle and shortening the useful life span of the garment, so use them sparingly and always on a low/gentle cycle and remove your linens promptly just when they are about to dry.

Historical Note: Hemp and linen sheets have historically bound generations; they were passed on from mother to daughter, and so on. Of course, people didn’t launder their sheets every week as people do now. Nor did they use chemical detergents, bleach, agitators, or high-heat dryers.

 

3) Stretchability

As all three are woven fabrics, they are about equal in elasticity. 

Our organic cotton knit and fleece sheets will provide more stretch because knits are naturally more flexible than woven fabrics.

 

4) Absorbency

If you sweat while your sleep, you’ll be happy to know that organic linen and hemp sheets are both absorbent and breathable. They are efficient at wicking moisture, so you don’t wake up drenched in the middle of the night. The oldest fiber known to humankind, hemp, is also the smartest fiber around. Hemp doesn’t need nano fibers or any microchips to keep you comfortable and dry the whole night long.  

In this regard, cotton simply does’t compare to hemp and linen because cotton fabrics are smooth and silky and not adept at wicking away moisture as well as hemp or linen. In fact, hemp and linen both absorb 150% of their weight in water, whereas cotton absorbs about 100%.

 

5) Breathability & Insulation

Thanks to the hollow cores of bast fibers, fabrics made from hemp and linen insulate very well. It’s a paradox, and honestly hard to comprehend. Hemp and linen clothes will keep you cool and dry in the heat by wicking away moisture, AND their hollow cores will protect you from the cold by trapping your own body heat to warm you. Amazing, eh?

Organic unbleached, undyed french flax linen bed sheets

Organic unbleached, undyed french flax linen bed sheets

And hemp and linen fabric are generally more breathable than cotton. Hemp and linen sheets are great for year-round use. It takes but a few minutes in bed to feel comfortable and cozy. Because organic cotton yarns are so fine and uniform, cotton fabrics aren’t as great as hemp and linen in terms of insulation. Some people prefer the silkiness and smoothness of our organic cotton sheets, and others prefer the breathability and coziness of organic linen and hemp sheets. Organic cotton sheets are more breathable than polyester and other synthetic fabrics like bamboo or rayon sheets, but they just aren’t as breathable as hemp or linen sheets.

 

6) Wrinkle-Resistance

This one you know already. Hemp and linen will wrinkle, then relax again with ambient moisture. Organic cotton doesn’t wrinkle nearly as easily, and bounces back quickly, too. 

While highly prized traditional linen and hemp sheets from Ireland, France, and England were ironed crisp, our organic linen and hemp sheets are offered in relaxed, un-ironed state that is both casual and luxurious. Our customers love that the coziness of hemp and linen can be experienced right out of the box. The relaxed bed can look very modern and inviting. We offer ironed organic linen and hemp sheets as well. 

 

The Verdict

This is where it gets tricky. For every person who swears by organic cotton sheets, there is someone else who won’t settle for anything but hemp or linen sheets. It really comes down to a matter of preference. If you’re looking for bragging rights, choose hemp and linen. If you’re a night-sweater, FOR SURE go with organic hemp and linen. If you like texture, definitely hemp or linen. But if you want a smooth as silk experience while you sleep, then go with organic cotton sheets.

 

The Rawganique Difference (One More Thing)

At Rawganique, we create the purest and most authentic organic cotton, linen, and hemp sheets on the planet. We spent years collecting vintage linens at flea markets all over the world to help us perfect the craft of old-world luxury linens. It’s our true passion and calling in life.

Organic sateen cotton (top), organic linen (middle), and organic hemp (bottom) bed sheets.

Organic sateen cotton (top), organic linen (middle), and organic hemp (bottom) bed sheets.

At our ateliers, we grow  and process our organic fibers the traditional way. No pesticides, no GMOs, no acids and caustic sodas. No dioxin, no formaldehyde. We dew-ret, scutch, and mechanically comb our hemp and linen fibers the way it’s been done in Europe for hundreds of years. Often, large scale production defeats the purpose of hemp and linen by boiling down hemp and linen fibers with acids and caustic sodas into a pulp that can then be spun like cotton. Hemp and linen are different than cotton, and that’s the beauty of biodiversity. We strive to protect and promote, even celebrate, the differences in the three amazing natural fibers that we work with.

All of Rawganique’s products are made in USA, Canada, and Europe by artisans. They are all sweatshop-free, animal-friendly, and cruelty-free.

Still not sure which sheet set to go with? We recommend you sleep on it. Literally. Get a pillowcase in each fabric and sleep on it. Then you’ll know. Many people lose their hemp and linen virginity at Rawganique, and we have to say that almost all of them have become lifelong champions of the these amazingly versatile and environmentally plant fibers. By wearing hemp and sleeping on hemp especially, you can literally change the world.  Our customers do mix and match organic cotton, linen, and hemp in their wardrobe, according to their preferences for certain qualities in each item in their wardrobe. 

If you have more questions, please ask us! Send us an email at info@rawganique.co and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions about the three organic fibers we are very passionate about!

Which of the three do you prefer? Let us know!

The 5-in-One Sustainable Cleaning Product: Soap Nuts

Soap nuts (also known as soap berries) have been used for thousands of years as a natural detergent and cleaner. They come from the Soapnut Tree, and their shells contain a naturally occurring surfactant called saponin. Surfactants help remove dirt and particles from surfaces and clothing, making soap nuts a very effective cleaning product. Traditional commercial soap and detergents use chemical surfactants, which are often toxic. Imagine: you could be washing your clothes and your home in carcinogenic substances every day!

Himalayan Soap Nuts

Himalayan Soap Nuts

If you want to aspire to live chemical-free, using soap nuts around the house is a great place to start. Below are 5 uses for soap nuts that will help contribute to a sustainable and economical lifestyle!

1. Liquid Soap & All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Crush or mash berries to release saponins
  • Boil (two berries for every one cup of water)
  • Allow water to cool
  • Strain through a muslin cloth
  • Add desired essential oils (optional)
  • Store in the fridge to prevent spoiling

Leftover soap nuts and the muslin cloth can be used in combination as detergent for one load of laundry.

Your liquid soap can be turned into an all-purpose cleaner by simply putting it in a spray bottle. Use it on all surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom.

2. Laundry Detergent

This is the most common use for soap nuts. They will replace both your laundry detergent and your fabric softener. Simply add 1-2 berries to a load laundry to be washed in hot water (these will last for 2 washes), or 6-8 berries for a cold wash (these will last 6 washes).

If you are unsure whether your berries are still usable, squeeze the shell. It should release a liquid if they are still good.

You can also use the liquid soap (above) as laundry detergent if this is preferable.

Himalayan Soap Nuts

Himalayan Soap Nuts

3. Dishwasher Detergent

For those who use dishwashers, place 2-5 soap nuts in your silverware holder for each run. White vinegar can be added to the wash as well, and will act as a natural rinse aid during the cycle.

If you wash dishes by hand, the liquid soap mentioned above will work for this as well.

4. Body Care

Soap berries can also be used to wash your hair and skin!

For natural, hair loss-preventing shampoo, mix the liquid soap with water and store in a recycled jar. The best ratio is ½ to 1 ounce of liquid soap for every 12 ounces of water. Adding baking soda will strengthen the mixture. The shampoo can be used as normal, by rubbing through your scalp and rinsing.

The same mixture used as shampoo can be used as body wash as well. You can even add your favorite aromatherapy to leave the bathroom smelling wonderful. Who would have thought bathing could be so simple, and economical!

5. Glass Cleaner

Clean your windows and mirrors naturally by mixing white vinegar with the liquid soap (half and half). Pour into a spray bottle for ease of use. And of course, essential oils are a must!

Detox Your Personal Care Products

Reading ingredient labels on food and bodycare products can be awfully daunting, especially when the list is long and full of impossible, mysterious words. Let’s be honest, you probably can’t even pronounce half of them, let alone describe what they are or what they’re for.

Organic Minimal Ingredient Personal Care Products by Rawganique

Organic Minimal Ingredient Personal Care Products by Rawganique

If we do (perhaps reluctantly) take the time to read the label, it will most likely be that of a food product. As consumers, we are naturally more concerned with what we put in our bodies, rather than on them. But the fact is, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and acts as a gateway to the rest of your body. Everything that is put on or around you will be absorbed through 20 square feet of permeable membrane. So, it’s safe to say that whatever you put on your body is equally as important as what you put in your body.

Still, reading labels is daunting and unbearably time-consuming. I envy the person that has the time and patience to read every label on every product they pick up. More than that, selecting bodycare and cosmetic products is a deeply personal, almost scientific endeavor. I’ve spent more time comparing shampoos than I’d like to admit. But what does this have to do with the ingredients list?

Organic Handmade Hemp Oil Soap Bars

Organic Handmade Hemp Oil Soap Bars

When it comes to bodycare, we are picky, and we are attached. We don’t mess around when it comes to beauty. We want the best. We want toothpaste that whitens our teeth, shampoo that suds up in our hair, and lotion that smells heavenly – don’t even get me started on makeup. And once you find your perfect product, you use the same thing for years. We are, after all, creatures of habit. We also like to have options, and reading labels threatens our ability to choose whatever we want.

I used to convince myself that the ingredient lists were long for a reason. Products must need all of those things in order to work, right? Organic products can’t possibly be as effective, can they?

The truth is, the cosmetics and bodycare industries are not as heavily regulated as, say, food. Anything and everything can be added to shampoo or soap unless that ingredient is undeniably and scientifically proven to be toxic or carcinogenic. In other words, beauty companies can (and do) add just about anything in order to make their products smell and look good enough for you to toss in your cart.

As it turns out, organic products can be just as effective - perhaps just in different ways. For example, most commercial shampoos contain something called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). SLS is a chemical that contributes to the suds and bubbles produced when you lather your scalp. It can be found in body wash, shaving cream, toothpaste, and other products. This chemical is also used in cleaning products, and as an insecticide. Did I mention it causes cancer, liver damage, rashes, and depression? Is it just me, or are suds starting to sound overrated…?

So, now that we’re all nice and unsettled, how do we tackle this? How can a reasonable person avoid contaminating their body? I have two perfectly viable options for you.

Organic Jasmine Rice Powder Scrub, Detoxifying Bamboo Charcoal Mask, Kaffir Lime Shampoo, and Mungbean Powder Facewash by Rawganique

Organic Jasmine Rice Powder Scrub, Detoxifying Bamboo Charcoal Mask, Kaffir Lime Shampoo, and Mungbean Powder Facewash by Rawganique

One: The Abatement Approach. This requires that you obtain a fundamental understanding of the most toxic chemicals and ingredients that may be lurking in your products (i.e. SLS). Once you can recognize a dozen or so of those mysterious ingredients, you can start skimming labels and picking products that lack them.

Two: The Minimalist Approach. Meaning pick products that have the simplest, purest ingredient lists. These products may be harder to find, but they will reward you with transparency and purity.

Option two is my personal preference, but many people are skeptical of single or minimal-ingredient products. However, many of these products are made from ingredients that people have been using for thousands of years. Instead of relying on online reviews to guarantee effectiveness, you can rely on human history.  It doesn’t get much more organic than that. Below is a list of some sustainable, single-ingredient recipes [1] and how they can be incorporated into your beauty routine:

 

Kaffir Lime Shampoo

  • Prevents dandruff, aids eczema, prevents gray hair

Bamboo Charcoal Face Mask

  • Detoxifying - Aids psoriasis, eczema, ringworm

Witch Hazel Skin Toner

  • Itch relief, moisturizing, hydrating
  • Aids ringworm, tinea versicolor, psoriasis, eczema, insect bites

Hemp Soap, Shampoo, & Deodorant

  • Calming, anti-bacterial, moisturizing

Mungbean Powder Facial & Body Wash

  • Cleansing, clarifying

Jasmine Rice Scrub Powder

  • Exfoliating, conditioning, moisturizing

Soap Nuts Detergent, Soap

  • Natural all-purpose cleaning

Neem Oil Skincare

  • Treats psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, chapped skin, wind-burnt skin

Sodium Percarbonate (Salt) Stain removal

  • Removes stains, whitens, disinfects, deodorizes

Lemon Juice moisturizer

  • Aids tinea versicolor, psoriasis

Coconut Oil hair mask, shaving lotion

  • Soothing, moisturizing, prevents irritation, dryness, split ends

Almond Oil cuticle oil, makeup remover

  • Cleansing, conditioning, moisturizing

Argan Oil Nighttime moisturizer

  • Moisturizing, wrinkle resistance

Essential Oils

  • Fragrance, aromatherapy

 

There are tons of products out there with minimal ingredients. In the long run, you’ll save money, time, and stress if you resort to these natural, pure products for all your skincare needs. Mother Nature will take good care of you.

If you decide to take the Abatement Approach, I can provide you with a basic list of chemicals to keep an eye out for [2]. I would highly recommend familiarizing yourself with these names. You’ll be surprised by how many of them you’ll be able to locate on products you use every day.


 Parabens

What are they?

Synthetic compounds widely used as a preservative to stop the growth of damaging microbes such as fungus and bacteria.

On the ingredients label, they look like:

  • Methylparaben
  • Ethylparaben
  • Propulparaben
  • Butylparaben
  • Isobutylparaben

 Where will I find them?

 Deodorants, toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, makeups.

Why avoid them?

Parabens disrupt hormone function and reproductive health, which could lead to increased risk of breast cancer. [3]


 Synthetic Colors

What are they?

Essentially a hodge-podge of synthetic chemicals that are used to dye our products and make them pretty.

 Where will I find them?

Soap, lotions, shave gels, toothpastes, shampoos, styling cream, face creams, toners, cleaners, bath gels…. A simpler question would be where can’t you find them.

On the ingredients label, they look like:

  • Red 3
  • Blue 1
  • Green 3
  • Yellow 5
  • FD&C Yellow 6, etc.

 Why avoid them?

They are linked to cancer, allergic reactions, neuron damage, and tumors in the thyroid, adrenal gland, and kidney (depending on the dye). [4]


  Fragrance

 What is it?

 The problem with “Fragrance” is that no one really knows exactly what it consists of. Companies are not required to disclose the [chemical] makeup of their products’ fragrance. If that’s not terrifying enough, I’m not sure what is.

Where will I find it?

Shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup (why??), facial cream, serums, and PERFUME (who knows what’s in this stuff!).

On the ingredients label, they look like:

  • Fragrance (informative, I know)

Why avoid it?

Fragrance is once again a giant mess of chemicals that makes the scent of your product unique and desirable. Many of these chemicals have health concerns such as links to cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Some have no health data at all, which is arguably more frightening. [5]


Phthalates

What are they?

Chemicals (surprise!) that are used as binders and plasticizers (to increase products’ flexibility, transparency, durability, and longevity).

Where will I find them?

Color cosmetics, fragranced lotions, body washes and hair care products, nail polish and treatment.

On the ingredients label, they look like:

  • Phthalate
  • DEP
  • DBP
  • DEHP
  • Fragrance

Why avoid it?

They are linked to endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and cancer. [6]


Triclosan

 What is it?

 Used as an antimicrobial bactericide and a preservative.

Where will I find it?

Antibacterial soap, toothpaste, deodorant, aftershave, lotions, bath products, cleansing products, hair shampoos and conditioners, makeup, and skin care products.

Why avoid it?

Triclosan has been linked to disrupted muscle and hormone function, heart disease, heart failure, and caused skeletal muscles to fail. [7]


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

What is it?

A very common surfactant. As I mentioned earlier, it contributes to the sudsy/foaming component of your personal care and cleaning products.

Where will I find it?

In everything ranging from engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash products, down to your toothpaste and shampoo.

On the ingredient label, it looks like:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • Sodium dodecyl sulfate
  • Also avoid: Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Also avoid: Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Why avoid it?

They are known to cause skin irritation, eye damage, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, and damage to the immune system (which leaves the body more susceptible to disease and disorders such as cancer). [8]


Formaldehyde

What is it?

A preservative that helps prevent microbes from growing in water-based products.

Where will I find it?

Nail polish, nail and eyelash glue, hair gel and smoothing products, shampoos, body wash, cosmetics.

On the ingredient label, it looks like:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Quaternium-15
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Polyoxymethylene urea
  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol)
  • Glyoxal

Why avoid it?

Formaldehyde is linked to cancer, skin irritation, and allergic reactions. [9]


Toluene

What is it?

A toxic chemical that is used as a solvent to dissolve other substances.

Where will I find it?

Nail polish, nail treatment, hair dyes

On the ingredients label, it looks like:

  • Toluene

Why avoid it?

Toluene is linked to developmental, reproductive, and organ system toxicity, respiratory complications [10]

 


 

Bank Confuses Industrial Hemp With Marijuana, Shuts Down Rawganique's Account

On October 5th, 2017, we received a letter from Umpqua Bank abruptly terminating our 2.5 year banking relationship. Because we sell imported clothing, bedding, and bath products made of hemp fiber, Umpqua has determined that Rawganique “operates a business line that is an excluded line of business,” meaning we are being falsely associated with the marijuana industry (which is a highly regulated industry despite being legal in many states). 

Industrial hemp is in fact a different plant than marijuana, but the two are often associated under the generic term “cannabis.” Cannabis refers to the plant genus that both hemp and marijuana varieties originated from. As our co-founder Klaus Wallner explains, “ Rawganique.co is an organic hemp, linen and cotton clothing company. We don’t have anything to do with marijuana. That’s why this whole situation is so befuddling to us. Industrial hemp is NOT the same as marijuana. Industrial hemp contains ZERO psychoactive THC.” 

In an open letter to Umpqua, Wallner said “Our hemp fiber products cross the US, Canadian, and many other countries’ borders everyday without any problems, because hemp products are legal at both the state and federal level and have always been.” The company has been operating for 20 years and doing business with Umpqua for over two. Despite the obvious lawfulness of our commerce, Umpqua has lumped Rawganique in with the marijuana industry. 

Wallner points out in his letter that hemp seeds and hemp oil are found in all sorts of products, “like Nature’s Path’s cereal products, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (which has hemp oil as a main ingredient), protein bars, and hemp clothing,” yet the bank accounts of grocery stores and clothing stores are not being terminated. 

Our team has now taken it upon ourselves to shed light on this issue. “We have always assumed it’s common knowledge that hemp is different than marijuana,” Wallner said,” and that hemp is in fact a very useful, versatile and important plant.” We plan to use our unfortunate circumstances to educate the public and increase our efforts to spread awareness about industrial hemp.

Since the letter from Umpqua arrived, Wallner has reached out to other banks with local presence to find alternatives. So far, our business has been refused by U.S. Bank on the same grounds. Banner Bank has deferred our inquiry for need of more information. Wallner asked the director of sales at Umpqua, 'Why now? We have had an account in good standing with your bank for over two years.” Their response was that they are now under more rigorous scrutiny due to new FDIC requirements and financial oversight. Banks are being unnecessarily and unfairly cautious, and small businesses are dealing with the consequences.

It doesn't make sense for banks to single us out. We sell hemp fiber clothing, shoes, bed, and bath products, none of which can be smoked or used to get high.

We would like to thank the eco-friendly, sustainability, organic fiber, and hemp communities who have already shown Rawganique immense support on social media, with many expressing disbelief and outrage at the misinformation that still surrounds industrial hemp. After all, hemp is not marijuana. Hemp is food, fuel, medicine, building material, clothing, shoes, paper, and so much more. 

We plan to continue spreading awareness and voicing our advocacy for the industrial hemp industry. If you feel the need to help, please like, comment, and share our social media posts: 

Banking Termination Letter from Umpqua Bank

An Open Letter to Umpqua Bank

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