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Hemp Sun Dressing: Summer Solstice Eco-style

You can’t beat hemp for practicality, and this number, simply and logically titled 100% Hemp Dress White, is that and more. Pictured is offered from The Hemptest in Boston, whose been in biz since 1995.

Owner Mitch Rosenfield also has Massachusetts stores in Cambridge and Northampton. Add neighboring Burlington, Vermont for a total of four stores. His impressive web store appeases those beyond the northeast communities. Gee, that makes five stores. I think he’s on to something good.

Mich says he’s committed to ethically and ecologically manufactured apparel. First glance of the inventory proves sourcing and production expertise, with an artful eye to combine a broad variety of styles. What really stands out is that there are no hippie, sloppy, burlap sack-type fashions. Even long-time diehard supporters can gain a new and refreshing perspective of hemp clothing at The Hempest.

Now back to this great sun dress, know that there are three convenient and functional pockets. How does a woman treasure the gift of multiple pockets and flatter her figure at the same time? The answer is bias cut.

A bias cut requires more fabric and typically cost more, but this is reasonable at $98. I love the fact that it can be a throw-on casual or dancing dress, — and probably everything in between.

This wouldn’t be true if it weren’t for quality detail. The side zipper is hidden, for example. That minor stylemark supports the elegant mode. Then the tie-off shoulder straps can be adjusted for another look. Oh, and 100% Hemp Dress Black is an option too.

What Mitch doesn’t say is that he’s literally changing the public fashion image of earth’s most versatile and beneficial Cannabis Hemp plant. He deserves your blessing!

Written by Delia Montgomery

I am Delia, d/b/a Chic Eco on, and established myself as an eco fashion guru by learning "who makes what in the world of environmental fashion and design."

Enjoy reading some of my freelance writing about environmental design, fashion and art -- from both consumer and supplier perspectives. You may notice I focus most on individual eco designers, movers and shakers.

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Early 2009 I constructed a yurt home office in a semi-urban setting on a tiny lot. My water comes from the sky, contained in a catchment that's not likely to dry in this rain forest. The electric is designed for solar conversion. I grow about 30% of my food organically, compost, and recycle to the hilt. Permaculture with a full eco system is my gardening style.

In fact, gardening is my ultimate joy. I seek gigs like design, weeding and planting between other jobs. My love is Hawai'i which has more climate zones than any state. There are frequent earthquakes here, typically under a 3.0 magnitude, and I happen to dig the vibrations. It's a wonderful simple life in paradise. As I grow older and wiser, I become more and more grateful.

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