Naturally Advanced Technologies
is a Vancouver
company focused on providing textile, composite and pulping solutions, through the processing of industrial hemp
, and other bast fibers
. The company states that it believes that using hemp as an alternative to other fibers results in end products which are more environmentally-friendly
than those currently produced using conventional feedstock
. Naturally Advanced is now developing and commercializing its proprietary CRAILAR®
fiber processing technology in partnership with the National Research Council of Canada
and the Alberta Research Council
. The CRAILAR® process and resulting products and by-products are expected to have applications in apparel
, performance textiles
, composite materials
, and pulp and paper
Naturally Advanced is comprised of two wholly owned subsidiaries
– Crailar Fiber Technologies Inc.
and HTnaturals Apparel Corp.
Naturally Advanced is the parent company
are publicly traded
Naturally Advanced Technologies was founded as Hemptown Clothing in 1998. Originally a clothing company focusing on hemp, the company name was officially changed to Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. in 2006 to reflect its new stated direction as a developer of technology. The company has claimed to operate on a triple-bottom-line
philosophy since its founding. The apparel division of Naturally Advanced is now called HTnaturals
Naturally Advanced products are marketed through it’s subsidiaries. Crailar Fiber Technologies is in the commercialization stage of its line of CRAILAR® products. HTnaturals provides natural and organic clothing through third party retailers and a factory outlet, as well as its website.