Established in 2006. Hemp Tent Eco Boutique started as a vendor tent promoting fair trade hemp goods at the Carling farmer's market outside of Parry Sound: a friendly, outdoorsy small town on beautiful Georgian Bay (ON, Canada). Both the founder, Emily Bell (Christenson) and her husband Duncan Bell were raised here as well as 100% of their parents (so if you've lived here we might be related.) The boutique is now open on the waterfront, a unique place to stop along the beautiful fitness trail, located right where the trail crosses Bay St with a big yellow 'Fitness Trail Crossing' sign in front.
Hemp Tent is a small shop with big heart. Our guiding principles and goals are to be Environmentally & Socially Responsible, Support Fair Trade & Hand Made (Global & Local), Showcase and promote the most Sustainable, Ethical and Stylish products. We love to see people creating and expressing their unique style and feeling beautiful and comfortable in their bodies (we make clothes for every size!)
Emily grew up in the woods along the Shebeshekong River near Parry Sound on a homestead shared by various gardening, berry picking, guitar playing, canoe-toting family members.
Her early interests included poetry, star gazing and taking things apart. She became a vegetarian at the age of 12. Her passion for designing and creating began around age 13 with experimenting in various visual arts, sewing, vintage clothing/fabric, unconventional fashion aesthetic and web design.
At the age of 15 Emily bought her first .com and built a 100+ member online community for teenage girls. After taking a certificate program just to explore a different city Emily took up button making, silkscreening and worked in a small hemp store where she started to learn about sustainable fabrics as well as fair trade.
Since teaming up in 2009 Emily & Duncan (software developer, coffee roaster and folk rock musician) have traveled to Thailand to buy organic jewelry and pencils, stayed at an elephant sanctuary, vended at eco-focused and music festivals, setup their own server for Hemp Tent's eCommerce website, bought an electric car and most significantly added two beautiful daughters to their family.
OPEN YEAR ROUND
HEMP is one of the oldest and arguably the most ecologically friendly fabric in the world. Hemp fabric has been found in tombs that date back to 8,000 BC. Known for superior durability, strength, warmth, UV protection and natural softness, hemp clothing is an excellent choice for both comfort and wear & tear. Hemp comes from the plant Cannabis sativa and is often assumed to be a drug like it's close cousin marijuana, which it is not. In fact it's virtually impossible to get high from hemp but it does have many health benefits, and it's long fibres produce a fabric that provides excellent insulation to keep you cool in the heat and warm when it is cold out. Hemp grows fast and without the need for pesticides making it a very eco-friendly choice.
BAMBOO is another one of Mother Nature's wonder fabrics. Clothes made with bamboo fabric have a natural sheen and softness that feels and drapes like silk but is less expensive, more durable and easier to care for. The Bamboo used to produce fabrics is not the same species eaten by the Pandas. It is easily replenished as it grows quickly and it does not require pesticides, chemicals or irrigation. Bamboo is antibacterial, holds body heat in, yet is completely breathable. It's strong as steel, but gentle against even the most sensitive skin.. So why not indulge yourself?
As new trends emerge in sustainable fashion we are always keeping an ear to the ground to find out everything we can and make the best choices for our beautiful planet.
We believe as people become more informed about the practices and politics of international production and trade they want to use their purchasing power to support their concerns of social justice and environmental sustainability.
Our funky and colourful Fair Trade clothing, accessories and jewellery from Nepal, Thailand and India will brighten up any wardrobe and make a statement in more ways than one. Our hand-crafted clothing in a ribbed patchwork style uses natural dyes, stone washing and delicate hand embroidered designs. These traditional South Asian methods are used to create unique clothes that are so comfortable and look amazing ~ you'll get compliments everywhere you go!
While environmental sustainability is one of the principals of fair trade it also ensures that workers and artisans are paid a fair salary while working in a safe environment and are offered benefits such as health-care and education for their children. We believe in fair trade leading to social benefits and are not focused on profit alone.
Hemp Tent offers clothing and accessories that provide independent income to people from a range of social and economic levels. These clothes and accessories are an excellent choice for work or play and made to last from durable ecological fabrics, so you get the best value for your dollar!
Canadian & Locally Made
In the past couple of years our country has seen the emergence of a grassroots movement towards buying more locally-made products. It seems the pendulum has gone as far as it can in the outsourcing direction, and designers are striving for more balance and better quality control by choosing Canadian manufacturing. Hemp and Bamboo fabrics have taken the fashion and sewing world by storm, and with good reason. These fabric is sound ecologically, have reputed microbial properties, are comfortable to wear and also easy to sew.
Bamboo clothing is light-weight, breathable, smooth and flattering. No matter the occasion you'll look and feel lovely in this luxurious fabric that feels and wears like silk after every wash. Fast growing and quick spreading, Bamboo improves the soil and stops erosion. And it can be grown without fertilizers or pesticides since it is naturally disease and pest resistant.
Hemp fabric lasts 3-4 times longer than cotton, so in the long run it is much more cost effective. Hemp grows organically, is biodegradable and has many uses including paper, food and medicine. Many of our hemp and bamboo outfits are proudly Canadian made. They are machine washable, long lasting and endlessly comfortable.. an excellent choice for quality, comfort, style and value.