Bamboo Fabric

Date Posted:23 October 2018 

Bamboo is quickly becoming one of the most popular sources of fabric in the world. There are many reasons why this resource is booming and why should be making the switch when buying your clothes.

Bamboo is a wonderful, green resource and hugely beneficial to us and the environment. Being sustainable is a major aspect in lots of people’s lives at the moment. We need to look after the environment in order to assist it in helping us. Bamboo is amazing as it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world and can replenish itself once harvested in almost just a few weeks, sometimes growing up to 120cm per day! Bamboo is also naturally pest resistant which means all the fibres are 100% natural, unlike timber or cotton that requires boosting to grow more efficiently. These other resources also need extensive watering and replenishing which bamboo does not require.

Since bamboo does not require much water and no pesticides to grow, it is an amazing plant for the environment. It also absorbs more carbon dioxide that cotton or timber and released more oxygen into the environment to improve air quality. Compare this to cotton farming which needs extensive irrigation and chemical spraying in order to grow a quality product. A single cotton T-shirt can use around 2700 litres and water in the growing process.

If all these points weren’t enough to convince you how great this fabric is, then it’ll be good to know that bamboo is also 100% biodegradable. So once you have no use for a bamboo product, you can rest easy knowing that it will return to the earth it came from, leaving little to no footprint in its steps. Plastic or man-made materials, on the other hand, can clog up our ecosystems and take millions of years to break down.  

How is bamboo fibre made?

To produce high-quality bamboo fabric, the ‘woody’ bamboo is put through a process using sodium hydroxide. The crushed bamboo is soaked into the chemical which then breaks down the fibres and produces cellulose. Sodium hydroxide is a harmful chemical but when used responsibly has absolutely zero effect on the environment or the manufacturers’ health. This process is approved by the Global Organic Textile Standards and Soil Association for green manufacturing. It also washes away and does not remain on the clothing.

Even more advantages of bamboo clothing:

  • Soft to the touch
  • Hypoallergenic
    • Does not irritate the skin
    • Gentle on sensitive skin
  • Breathable
    • Keeps you cool in Summer and warm in Winter
  • Super absorbent
    • Wicks moisture away from the skin
  • Biodegradable
    • A green material that will return to the Earth and not clog waterways
  • UV protection 

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