Hemp, Inc.’s diversification also expands into the apparel industry with their hemp and natural fibre clothing (www.cartelblue.com) launching Spring, 2014. Cartel Blue will manufacture hemp jeans and other eco-friendly clothing. The apparel line’s physical advantages are its hemp fibers due to its length, strength, durability, elasticity, and ability to withstand high temperatures without degeneration. It also has antimicrobial properties, as hemp is resistant to the growth of Aspergillus Niger… a fungus and one of the most common species of the genus Aspergillus. It causes a disease called black mold and is ubiquitous in soil, commonly reported from indoor environments. Furthermore, hemp can be grown without or very minimal herbicides and pesticides.