GREEN HEMP AUSTRALIA, as you've come to know and love, was founded way back in 1989 in St Andrews, Victoria, Australia by Colin Buckler.
Founder | Owner | Environmentalist | Bushfire Survivor
Industrial Hemp Association Victoria 2022 / Member iHemp WA
A brief snap shot at Colin Buckler's Long Hemp History.
Colin comes from generations of Farmers originally from Parwan Victoria and then Dalby in the Darling Downs, Queensland.
Colin grew up on his parents farm in Dalby in the 60’s/70's. Most of the farmers in that region grew cotton which was in high demand at the time and put excessive demands on the natural water resources in the area. The cotton farmers dammed up - stopping the natural flow of the waterways to the Murray and the Murrumbidgee Rivers, resulting in massive environmental problems.
This devastation had a lasting impact on Colin as a child, seeing his beautiful, natural playground of rivers, creeks, lagoons, river flats and abundant wildlife disappear due to these unsustainable farming practices during the 1970’s and 80’s. This fuelled Colin’s desire to make a change.
In later years he began learning about the environmental benefits of growing Hemp for fabric as an alternative to cotton! Hemp crops grow twice as fast as cotton and require less water, fertilisers or pesticides.
The first Hemp Colin ever used was for his T-shirt designs for his infamous Australian Punk/RocknRoll band 'The Painters & Dockers' in 1983. Colin toured the world as Drummer with the band for over 25 years and when he wasn’t recording, playing or touring and rehearsing he would share and gather information and research about his other passion; Hemp.
His GREEN HEMP business grew from strength to strength as he toured in the back of a Tarago all over Australia seeking new outlets in every town they performed.
Colin pioneered much of the initial research into Hemp Fabrics in Australia and the powerful Hemp Seed Oil benefits for health and skincare during the later decades of last century.
Designed and produced a large range of Hemp clothing during this period blending it with Aust Wool using Aust Knitting mills here in Melbourne. This was the starting point for the conception of GREEN HEMP AUSTRALIA.
His supporters and shops that stocked the skincare products soon let him know what was working and what wasn’t! Many people were very interested, yet cynical with comments “that’s a great gimmick mate.“
All Media where uneducated and could not do interviews without joking at the idea. Little did they know at the time how beneficial this oil is for us all, Babies to Grandparents. Many animals have also benefitted .
The beautiful skincare recipes have been slightly tweaked and simplified since those days. The GREEN HEMP products have brought a lot of joy and healing to hundreds of loyal customers and staff over the years since the 1980's.
Devastatingly, the GREEN HEMP AUSTRALIA premises and brand and Colin’s home in the bushlands of St Andrews in Victoria, were completely obliterated to ash in the catastrophic Black Saturday bush fires of 2009.
Colin’s family and three other families kept alive in a mud-brick and hemp home, escaped to the creek for refuge just seconds before the entire home collapsed on them. Amazingly and with sheer determination over the next few years, Colin rebuilt his home and business again in St Andrews concentrating on the hemp oil/bodycare production.
Australia's knitting mills and dye houses were all closing down as importing crushed Australian Made business's.
GREEN HEMP AUSTRALIA now focus mainly on organic 100% Australian Grown, Owned & Made Hemp Seed Oil, a beautiful and trusted skincare and hair care range going from strength to strength with new shops wanting to stock the range each week. Shops are listed on this website all over Australia. Wholesale and Retail welcome.
Colin's Son currently at High School helps managing the business.
He has been involved since a toddler. Sam was raised from the womb through childhood drinking hemp seed oil and wearing hemp rompers and jumpsuits, jeans, overalls socks etc which we made for shops all over Australia.
As a young boy he always asked for a second spoonful and appreciates the environmental benefits, comfort and durability of hemp clothing.