Hemptown contracts Alberta Research Council to help commercialize hemp technology

Dec 05, 2005, 00:00 ET from Hemptown Clothing Inc.

    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 / info@hemptown.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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