Did you know that coffee carries a lot of oils and it’s more obvious in dark roast coffees? During the brewing process, coffee filters trap oily substances in coffee called diterpenes. Naturally, used paper filters are not recyclable because of the oils that are deposited into the filter. Hence, disposable paper filters generate waste every time. Many coffee connoisseurs suggest that metal filters may add a metallic taste to your coffee. Hence, coffee filters made out of untreated hemp fiber are a popular alternative option for people trying to live a zero-waste lifestyle. Hemp fiber is excellent at absorbing oil and preventing coffee grounds from passing through. Also, it is easy to clean and can be reused many times.
- Size: Width 20 cm x Height 14 cm (1x4 fits perfectly into numerous standard coffee machines and pour-over filter sets)
- Material: 100% natural and undyed hemp fiber
- Made in South Korea
- Do not bleach
- Do not tumble dry
- To enjoy the natural fiber, we recommend soaking it in lukewarm water with a little amount of baking soda or vinegar, instead of washing it with chemical detergents.
Sambe is a Korean hemp fiber made by using fibers from the stalks of the Cannabis Sativa plant. As one of the most natural fibers, hemp fibers have been used historically in Koreans’ everyday life. The sustainability is initiated since the stage of growing – hemp requires very few or no chemical fertilizers or artificial pesticides and significantly less water and land compared to cotton. It also releases fewer toxic substances into the soil and the wider ecosystem. Hemp is also considered to be a carbon-negative raw material, which means that it absorbs more carbon than it produces. Aside from the environment-friendly cultivation, this vegan fiber has the following inherent beneficial characteristics.
Durable and Long-lasting
The fibers of hemp are long and sturdy, hemp fabric has the highest durability and strength among natural fibers. Hemp fabric is known to be about three times tougher than cotton. Since this plant-based fiber is not susceptible to shrinkage, it retains its shape over a long time and does not wear out easily, making it practically ideal for household textiles.
Hemp fiber has a low density compared with artificial fibers. Due to the unique structure of the fiber, it absorbs and discharges moisture quickly, hence its high popularity for use in towels. In addition, hemp fabric is lightweight and highly breathable.
Hemp is effective in preventing the growth of various bacteria that cause unpleasant odors. Its inherent antibacterial function is retained even after boiling or washing.
Antibacterial and Anti-toxic
This ecologically sound fiber is antibacterial and anti-toxic. The antibacterial standard of hemp yarn is 3.9 or higher, while the certification mark SEK given by The Japan Textile Evaluation Technology Council is eligible for products with a value over 2.2.
Natural hemp fibers are known to have superior UV protection properties compared to synthetic fibers. The 100% hemp fibers have a UV blocking rate of 92% and an electromagnetic wave blocking rate of 86%. That makes hemp material less prone to fading than cotton.
When hemp fiber is disposed of, it is biodegradable with a limited negative environmental impact.