When you think about a sustainable fabric, it’s highly unlikely that you would ever think that a plant like bamboo could ever fit that bill, however, it appears that you may be pleasantly surprised when you find out just how sustainable the material actually is.
More about Bamboo...
A common misconception is that the material is that bamboo is a tree however it is botanically a type of grass. The fastest growing grass for that matter. Bamboo reaches its great for harvesting because it reaches maturity at around 4 years of age. There is no reason to replant bamboo as it’s root system continuously sprouts new shoots which grow quickly while converting those greenhouse gasses. That means there’s no need for big diesel powered tractors with poisonous pesticides and fertilisers, just good old-fashioned organic growth. Perfect for the environment.
In other words, an eco-friendly way of producing bamboo fibre has been established.
So, what are the benefits?
According to M. Lackman from Organic Clothing Blogs:
Bamboo fabric has a natural sheen and softness that feels and drapes like silk but is less expensive and more durable.
Bamboo clothing is easy to launder in a clothes washer and dryer.
Because of the smooth and round structure of its fibres, bamboo clothing is soft and non-irritating, even to sensitive skin.
Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal supposedly because of a bacteriostatic agent unique to bamboo plants called “bamboo kun” which also helps bamboo resist harbouring odours.
Bamboo clothing is hypoallergenic.
Bamboo is highly absorbent and wicks water away from the body 3 to 4 times faster than cotton. In warm, humid and sweaty weather, bamboo clothing helps keep the wearer drier, cooler and more comfortable and doesn’t stick to the skin.
The structure of bamboo fibres makes bamboo fabrics more breathable and thermal regulating than cotton, hemp, wool or synthetic fabrics.
Bamboo clothing is naturally more wrinkle-resistant than cotton, and while it might still require ironing after washing, bamboo fabric can be ironed at a lower temperature than cotton.
Bamboo the plant and also bamboo the fabric can rate high as an environmentally friendly and renewable resource as it grows rapidly and naturally without any pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers.