Making it Work

Sisters launch hemp cotton range as a lasting solution to fast fashion

The founders of Cork sustainable fashion brand Firkail design durable clothing made from a crop that consumes more carbon than trees

Aoife and Orla Lynch: their lifestyle brand Firkail sells sustainable clothing and accessories made from 100 per cent organic cotton hemp. Picture: Michael O’Sullivan/OSM Photo

Consumerism, and fast fashion, have been criticised in recent years for contributing to an unsustainable world and a heating planet.

Orla and Aoife Lynch, the Cork sisters behind Firkail, a sustainable fashion brand, believe their clothing can be part of the solution. Using hemp cotton, a textile made of fibres from a very high-yielding crop in the cannabis sativa plant family, they believe they are producing long-lasting garments which are also kind to the planet.