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BURLINGTON – A North Carolina B-corporation is aiming to kick-start a ‘dirt to shirt’ fully trackable and traceable hemp apparel supply chain in the US. It claims North and South Carolina – with their rich manufacturing history – have the climate to produce industrial hemp as well as the supply chain to spin, knit, weave, finish, cut, and sew apparel made with it. The B-Corp manufacturer aims to take advantage of the US Agricultural Improvement Act (the 2018 Farm Bill), which essentially re-labelled hemp an agricultural product rather than a controlled substance. It said it will begin the process by acquiring hemp fibre and fabric from China – a world leader in hemp production – with a view to ultimately developing a full US supply chain. “This is a watershed moment in the United States … a chance to work together and bring manufacturing back to the US while building an industry sustainably from the ground up,” the manufacturer said.

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