PRESIDENT OBAMA’S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN SELECTS ENVIROTEXTILES HEMP FABRIC
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Glenwood Springs, CO – June 29th, 2012
More on what’s happening at the Colorado-based EnviroTextiles HempHaven at the bottom.
Filippone and daughter bring hemp back from the era of our forefathers to modern day. EnviroTextiles LLC (ET), a woman- owned business, is credited with developing, importing and selling hemp fabric for scarves sold by the Obama 2012 Campaign. The scarves are a fundraising item for sale on Obama’s site and were designed by one of the first lady’s personal designers, Monique Péan. Barbara Filippone and daughter Summer Star Haeske of EnviroTextiles provided the Obama Campaign and designer Monique Péan with the special fabric. The $95 eco-scarf is made of 55% sustainable hemp and 45% certified organic cotton, a soft and lightweight flowing jersey knit. Monique Péan designed and organized the printing, and each scarf was cut and sewn in the USA! Filippone, who arrived from China yesterday, was elated to hear the President’s election campaign website marketing the scarf. “This is wonderful news!” she proclaimed, “The President can now educate the special interest lobbyists of America’s original industrial hemp policy.
If I could make American made hemp fabrics and bring back more U.S. manufacturing, I will have completed my life’s work!” Every day, more and more Americans discover the benefits of hemp. This ever-expanding market includes more products to be made from a single plant then ever documented. But despite hemp’s growing popularity, an outdated and misguided federal policy – created in the 1930′s – currently prevents U.S. farmers from growing this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop. “It is time for federal policy on industrial hemp to reflect today’s reality and to enable a bountiful plant like hemp to be grown domestically for the benefit of families and farmers, the economy, and for the ecology of the planet. Hemp is not marijuana. It is a close cousin (variety of cannabis) but there are no psychoactive properties in the industrial versions; no different than the controversy around poppy seeds.” adds Filippone.
EnviroTextiles is a pioneer in the development of hemp and hemp blend textiles as well as other natural fiber products, and is the industry leader in the efforts to improve corporate responsibility and transparency in manufacturing processes and labeling. Filippone is considered a leading developer in hemp textiles and numerous other natural fiber products. Barbara Filippone was the first person to work directly with the Chinese starting in 1994 to design and standardize hemp- based fabrics and was the first importer of Chinese hemp and organic blends. Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, Calvin Klein, Derek Lam and even Volkswagen, MTV, and Hollywood production studios source their hemp textiles from Colorado- based EnviroTextiles. EnviroTextiles provided sustainable products to over 65 countries in 2011, all out of their US facility. If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Barbara Filippone or Summer Haeske, please contact us at (970) 945-5986 or e-mail Summer at Summer@EnviroTextile.com.
Visit EnviroTextiles July 12, 2012 at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, for the Sustainable Fashion: Fiber to Fabulous! Symposium. Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC — Great Hall, 227 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
Contact: Summer@EnviroTextile.com or call (970) 945-5986
Pretty cool news. We all need to visit Obama’s site and ask him to make Hemp an important campaign platform by supporting the rights of American farmers, companies, markets and inhabitants… He’d get my vote if he legalized industrial hemp for total plant utilization. How about you?
Barbara has been a mentor, respected colleague and personal friend for many years now. I can still remember the first time we spoke on the phone and later met in person along with Summer. You just fall in love with them both. They are strong, spirited, encouraging and truly care about the work they do. They have Hemp Pimped Arnold’s Car, supplied fabric to designers big and small and sell direct in 11 different languages. Summer and I both sit on the Board of The Hemp Industries Association together and they support many social programs. Summer just told me that the EnviroTextile (ET) team is opening a new facility 1 hour south of the Glenwood Spring location where they will be spinning/blending different percentages of hemp, agave and Colorado grown alpaca fur. To further the personal touch and connection to the fabric, ET is putting in place state of the art equipment to produce finished garments in Colorado. The first line produced will be the classic hemp sock with more lines to follow. Way to go ET. Show us all it can be done.
Please check out EnviroTextiles and tell them Anndrea sent ya!
I appreciate you reading my blogs, and if you want to do more to support hemp in the USA, visit VoteHemp and call your Congressperson asking them to support HR1831 Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2011!