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Pic by Dawnie at her rock behind Dunsborough.

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 
grew up on his parents farm Dalby on the Darling Downs, Queensland.

 Seeing farmers in that region grow cotton , which was in high demand  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, bringing eco problems.

This devastation had a lasting impact on Colin as a child, seeing his beautiful, natural playground of rivers, creeks, lagoons, river flats , bilabongs and abundant wildlife disappear due to these unsustainable farming practices during the 1960's 70’s and 80’s. 

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 he would share , work and research his other passion; Hemp.

His GREEN HEMP AUST  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 could not do interviews without joking at the idea. Little did they know,  in this era ,  how beneficial this plant 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 many 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 closing down as importing  tarrifs crushed Australian Made clothing businesses.

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.

Sam Buckler 
Colin's Son currently at High School helps manage 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 once made for shops all over Australia.

As a young boy he always asked for a second spoonful of hempseed oil and appreciates the environmental benefits, comfort and durability of hemp clothing.