Hemp Fiber Enzyme Development Presentation from Hemptown Clothing provides insight into Biotech advances

Jul 27, 2004, 01:00 ET from Hemptown Clothing Inc.

    VANCOUVER, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Hemptown Clothing Inc. (NASD
 OTCBB: HPTWF), a leading provider of enviro-friendly hemp fabric clothing is
 pleased to announce that its recent presentation with the National Research
 Council of Canada provided excellent documentation regarding the impact of
 NRC's xylanase engineering on the Pulp & Paper Industry, and how such a
 similar enzyme may work with hemp fiber.
     Hemptown recently announced that it entered into a collaboration with the
 NRC for the development of a patentable enzyme technology process that may see
 hemp fibers replace cotton worldwide. Dr. Wing Sung, Lead Researcher at the
 NRC, explained how similar technology has positively affected the Pulp & Paper
 Industry by reducing production costs as well as reducing chemical and waste
 discharges.
     Hemp fiber is similar in its structure to wood pulp, and the NRC is
 working to build an enzyme specific to industrial hemp that will break down
 the sugar polymers in a matter of hours versus the conventional method which
 can take more than a month. This would pave the way for Hemptown to convert
 the raw hemp into textiles and industrial fiber on a large-scale basis at its
 planned fiber production facility in Saskatchewan, Canada, as well as allowing
 Hemptown to license out the patented technology to third parties.
     Hemptown intends to develop a hemp fiber production facility in
 Saskatchewan, Canada and purchase its hemp requirements from local suppliers,
 thereby creating a domestic industrial hemp agronomy. Eventually, the Company
 believes that it could compete directly with the Cotton Industry both in
 fabric quality and pricing.
     Jason Finnis, President of Hemptown, commented, "Hemp fiber is the
 strongest and most durable among natural fibers; so strong that it is even
 being developed into products such as windmill blades and automobile panels.
 And hemp converts five times (5X) more Carbon Dioxide into biomass versus a
 tree without herbicides or pesticides, making it a profitable and truly
 socially responsible cash crop for farmers who are looking for alternatives."
     Please visit www.hemptown.com for more information.
 
     This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
 Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, Section 21E of the Exchange Act of
 1934 and the provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995 and is subject to safe harbor created by these sections. Actual results
 may differ materially due to a number of risks, including, but not limited to,
 technological and operational challenges, needs for additional capital,
 changes in consumer preferences, risks associated with: market acceptance and
 technological changes; dependence on manufacturing and material supplies
 providers; international operations; and competition.
 
     For further information
     Patrick Smyth, Tel: (604) 255-5005 or 1-866-HEMPTOWN,
     Patrick@hemptown.com
 
 

SOURCE Hemptown Clothing Inc.