VANCOUVER, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Hemptown Clothing Inc. announced today it will work with the Alberta Research Council (ARC) to commercialize its new Textile Fibre technology developed jointly with the National Research Council (NRC). Specifically, ARC has been contracted to conduct pilot tests on samples to establish the parameters required by industry for Hemptown's new sustainable super fibre technology CRAILAR(TM). Hemptown CEO Jerry Kroll: "This is a key time in the development of CRAILAR. We look forward to seeing the results of ARC's tests and appreciate their help in assessing CRAILAR as a viable biotech tool in the processing of Hemp." Hemptown Clothing Inc. and the federal science organization NRC jointly developed CRAILAR as a patentable enzyme process that transforms industrial hemp into a soft, white fibre. Worldwide, petroleum and cotton based textiles make a huge environmental footprint in production and are not sustainable for our future. Hemp is highly environmentally sensitive, grown organically without the use of pesticides, toxic fertilizers or the enormous fresh water irrigation required by cotton. ARC will take the NRC developed enzyme from the test-tube, apply it to full pilot plant samples, and finally render 100kg bundles of refined Hemp fibre. The research is one step in the overall process to develop large-scale commercial textile applications for CRAILAR in apparel, home wares, flooring and more. Mr. Kroll continues: "With our CRAILAR fibre, we have the ability to grow a Canadian equivalent to cotton - even better because hemp requires no pesticides, toxic fertilizers or fresh water irrigation. This has the potential to become one of the largest cash crops for Canadian farmers and will have a dramatic economic impact on agricultural communities from coast to coast." Hemptown was recently granted 80 acres of land by the town of Craik, Saskatchewan as the site for a CRAILAR fibre production facility, anticipated to open in July 2007. More than 2,500 hectares of hemp were grown in Canada last year, according to the Saskatchewan Hemp Association. Patent submission for CRAILAR is expected in late 2005. Hemptown Clothing Inc. (HPTWF: OTCBB) was founded in 1995 in response to growing demand for environmentally friendly, socially responsible clothing. The company supplies wholesale and private label customers throughout North America through offices in Vancouver B.C., Shanghai, China and Blaine, Washington. For further information contact: Jerry Kroll, Hemptown Clothing Inc., (604) 255-5005 www.hemptown.com / email@example.com 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.
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