Aldi has turned over a green leaf for their upcoming Special Buys sale with an eco-friendly range of products made from hemp — yes, that hemp.
Also known as ‘industrial hemp,’ the plant itself and the food and materials that can be made from it are often misunderstood or lumped in with the drug cannabis.
Isn’t hemp a drug?
Hemp and marijuana are indeed derived from the same species, Cannabis sativa, but unlike marijuana, hemp contains a far smaller amount (less than 0.3 per cent) of tetrahydrocannabinol or ‘THC’ which is the component that gets people ‘high’.
For that reason, it’s considered unsuitable for illegal uses — which we won’t go into here! — but is great for making things like rope, ship sails, clothing and other textiles such as bed sheets.
That’s where our favourite German supermarket comes in. Aldi is selling chic and affordable 100 per cent hemp sheet sets as part of it Special Buys on Wednesday, October 14.
The sheets will be available in two sizes only: Queen for $139.99 and King $149.99. Sets come in four on-trend colours — forest green, blue, sand and rust — and include a flat sheet, a fitted sheet with a 40cm wall and two pillowcases.
They not only look comfy and elegantly rumpled but they're good for the environment, too. Hemp fibre grows very quickly and requires minimal water making it a renewable crop. The material will last for years to come and you can rest easy when your sheets have finally done their dash as they’re biodegradable.
It’s an item that’s sure to be a hit with those who try to shop sustainably but don’t want to compromise on style.
The sheets have already generated some buzz on Facebook, where one prospective buyer put a call out for reviews.
“Hemp is a great environmentally friendly fabric,” wrote one in response.
“Hemp is a really great fabric and similar to bamboo. It's often thermal, so it'll keep you warm on cold nights and cool on warm nights. I was thinking of getting some new sheets, thanks for the heads up!” added another.
One user admitted that they were “loving that deep green”.
While the Aldi catalogue states that the sheets are ‘enzyme washed’ for a soft, relaxed look — and will only get softer with each wash at home — the jury seemed to be out on just how soft they were.
“The cloth is a lot coarser than cotton. It almost feels like you are getting a little epilation in bed,” wrote one.
While another told a different story, writing, “Love mine, very soft.”.
Along with bedsheets Aldi is also selling a range of hemp-based food, beauty and apparel products, all at wallet-friendly prices.
There’s a hemp face oil that ‘helps soothe and calm distressed skin’ (30ml for $6.99) as well as a hydrating lip balm (15g for $3.99) and a moisturising hand cream (100ml for $3.99).
You can also wear your hemp in the form of sneakers ($19.99), eat it in Tom & Luke’s Hemp Snackaballs (198g for $5.99) or drink it in Hemp-Boosted Kombucha (330ml for $3.49).
Even pooches can get in on the hemp fun with Aldi’s Natural Dog Treats with Hemp (150g for $7.99).