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FAQ

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Email us at curie@petrichor.earth if you need more information!

  • What does "petrichor" mean?
    "A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions." Just as the petrichor scent rejuvenates the earth after rainfall, we aim to bring a fresh and revitalizing approach to the fashion industry. Our name reflects our commitment to sustainability and our belief that we can be a force for positive change. It reminds us of the importance of responsible practices and the need to protect our planet. We believe that through our clothing and our mission, we can inspire others to embrace sustainability and make a lasting impact on the world.
  • Why hemp?
    Hemp fabric offers numerous environmental benefits, making it an excellent choice for sustainable fashion. Here are some key reasons why hemp is good for the environment: Resource Efficiency: Hemp is a highly resource-efficient crop. It requires significantly less water compared to other natural fibers like cotton, reducing strain on water supplies. It also has a higher yield per acre, meaning more fibers can be produced using less land. Pesticide-Free: Hemp is naturally resistant to pests and diseases, reducing the need for harmfulpesticides and herbicides. This promotes healthier soil and water systems while minimizing the negative impact on biodiversity. Carbon Sequestration: Hemp is a fast-growing plant that absorbs a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during its growth cycle. It acts as a natural carbon sink, helping to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Soil Regeneration: Hemp has deep roots that help stabilize soil and prevent erosion. These roots also improve soil structure and nutrient content, making it an excellent rotational crop that enhances soil fertility for future plantings. Versatile and Durable: Hemp fabric is known for its strength and durability, outlasting many other textile materials. This longevity reduces the need for frequent replacements, resulting in less textile waste in landfills. Biodegradability: Hemp fabric is biodegradable, meaning it can naturally decompose without leaving behind harmful pollutants. This ensures a more sustainable end-of-life cycle for hemp-based products. By choosing hemp fabric, we can support sustainable farming practices, reduce water consumption, minimize chemical pollution, and contribute to a more eco-friendly fashion industry. It's a versatile and environmentally responsible choice that aligns with our commitment to creating a positive impact on the planet.
  • Why not use hemp from the U.S.?
    When it comes to sourcing high-quality hemp fabric, there are various factors to consider, including regulations and market dynamics. Prior to 2018, the cultivation and production of hemp in the United States were subject to heavy regulation, limiting its widespread availability. However, with the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the Farm Bill, hemp cultivation was federally legalized in the U.S. While the legalization of hemp in the U.S. has opened up opportunities for domestic production, it takes time to establish and scale up a hemp industry. China, on the other hand, has a long history of cultivating and processing hemp, and their industry has been well-established for many years. Chinese hemp fabric manufacturers have honed their expertise and developed efficient production processes over time, resulting in high-quality products. It's worth noting that the decision to import hemp fabric from China or any other country depends on various factors, including quality, price, sustainability practices, and ethical considerations. As the U.S. hemp industry continues to grow and stabilize, domestic sourcing may become a more viable and competitive option. For now, importing high-quality hemp fabric from China can offer a reliable solution while the U.S. industry further develops and adapts to the changing regulatory landscape.
  • How can I send my end-of-life stage items back to Petrichor?
    We've made the process simple and convenient for you. Here's what you need to do: 1. Email us at curie@petrichor.earth with your order number and item you wish to return. This will help us identify and process your request more efficiently. 2. Put your used item into the envelope that you receive and drop it off at your nearest UPS. That's it!
  • What happens to my garment after I send it back to Petrichor?
    When you're ready to part ways with your Petrichor garment, we will facilitate the garments' transfer to Material Returns, an incredible company based in North Carolina that specializes in recycling textiles and garments. By collaborating with Material Returns from the initial phase of garment design, we ensure that our very first product will be 100% recyclable. This collaboration allows us to close the loop and contribute to a circular economy.
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