A brief history of The Hemp Store
Jonathan and Lisa grew a crop of Industrial Hemp on the family farm in Suffolk back in the 1990’s.
It opened our eyes as to the fantastic potential of the hemp plant – surely one of nature’s great gifts. We watched as the tiny seed germinated within days, and then, just 100 days later, was a beautiful tall plant (over 2 meters) swaying in the Fenland winds – all on very poor and thin Breckland soil that struggled to support the more usual East Anglian crops of barley, wheat, potatoes and sugar beet without large inputs of fertilisers, pesticides and irrigating water – expensive on the pocket and of course expensive to the environment.
We also discovered the huge variety of uses for the hemp plant – fabric to make clothes and bags, seeds to make nutritious oil, well being food, bath, body and soaps to nourish and moisturise the skin, paper, bio fuel, building material and on and on!
Unbeknown to us at the time this crop would to shape the next phase of their lives.
The journey began when we left the farm in 1999 and set up The Hemp Store. We started on Cambridge Market (where will still trade on Sundays) with a determination to not only offer products made from eco friendly sources but that were also quality products – well made, sustainable, fairly traded and sourced and different. Today our mission remains the same.
Over the last 20 years we have met an array of wonderful characters – many who became firm friends – Udaya and Rosie Thapa from Nepal, Vidhi and Aichin Brorson from Denmark – the founders of Hemp Valley, John and Rachel of Thought Clothing, Gavin and Ash at THTC, and Amit and his family makers of the wonderful hemp Sativa Bags.
More recently it has worked the other way around.
We have been friends with Tom for over 15 years. Tom is the finest of professional soap-makers.
With our passion for all things hemp and Tom’s brilliant and innovative skills in formulating and making all manner of soaps, balms and creams, the seeds were sown for our own locally made hemp bath, body and soaps range.
In 2018 we achieved official organic recognition for all the organic ingredients used in our range by the Organic Food Federation (non-food). This means that our customers can be assured that all our organic ingredients are fully certified (not a requirement for cosmetic manufacturers (yet) but something we thought was important). We also achieved registration with The Vegan Society following their own thorough audit of all our ingredients – this means that vegans can buy with full confidence knowing that all our products that carry The Vegan Society logo are 100% vegan friendly.
We remain a small family business still following our initial vision to offer sustainable, eco friendly and quality goods to be savoured and enjoyed by all those with a passion and a care for our planet.
We supply our own range of hemp products to independent retail outlets (eco shops, zero waste stores, local stores, environmental web shops etc.).
If you are interested in stocking our super hemp stuff then please email us with your details, location etc. and we can forward you our current trade price list.