It is hard to believe that with this plant we can make T-shirts, briefs and even a pair of socks, the most surprising thing is that it is considered to be one of the fabrics of the future because it is a self-sufficient wild plant. What are you waiting for to discover all the benefits of making garments out of bamboo stems?
The protagonist - the bamboo stem:
The bamboo stem emerges as an innovative and revolutionary idea within the textile sector. It is a necessary raw material in the preparation and manufacture of ecological fabrics because it is a sustainable material by itself, in a response to the global need for production.
The advantages of bamboo :
Bamboo is highly valued for its sustainability and ecological advantages. It does not need artificial irrigation because it requires five times less water than cotton. It grows without pesticides or fertilizers and is also characterized by its extreme softness.
Its fibers -
They are treated as cellulose fibers made from the pulp of bamboo, which is a natural and ecological material that can be decomposed in the ground and mixed with other materials such as cotton or silk.
No to deforestation -
Bamboo comes from plantations and it is not considered deforestation because they are exclusively grown for consumer use. It is a very viscous manufacturing process where a fine fiber is obtained that later becomes a very resistant thread with which the fabric is made.
Stronger than cotton -
Bamboo fibre is stronger and more resistant than cotton. A shirt made from bamboo fiber will last three times longer than any cotton garment. Its manufacturing process requires less washing and dyeing and the brightness of the colours are maintained for a longer period of time.
More economical -
It is considered a hypoallergenic material on the same level as silk, cashmere or Egyptian cotton, but bamboo fiber is considerably cheaper. After years of research, it has been concluded that it is softer, lighter, breathable and absorbent than cotton and it is especially useful for people with sensitive skin or those who suffer from allergies and for tropical or warmer climates.
It has natural anti-microbial properties that helps absorb moisture, dries quickly and reduces bacterial growth on clothing that has negative impacts on human skin. Bamboo fabrics are 40% more absorbent than the finest organic cotton which makes it possible to keep the skin cool by absorbing sweat, ensuring you feel comfortable and dry.
Garments made of bamboo block UVA rays or the harmful rays of the sun by up to 98%, making it a perfect wear for summers where you can be stylish while avoiding sunburn naturally.
In addition, another advantage of this fabric is its thermal sensation; it feels warm in winter and cool in summer. It is very breathable because of its porous qualities and also acts as a natural insulator.
Bamboo Is A Sustainable And Ecological Resource
From the ecological point of view, the bamboo plant grows and reproduces at a high speed, without the need for any artificial growth stimulators like fertilizers. It does not require extra care and zero to minimum weed or other pest growth, making pesticides redundant in this case. It is also 100% biodegradable and does not need large amounts of water as is the case with cotton. However, there are certain processes in which bamboo fabric is made. While one is a mechanical process with very little carbon footprint, numerous companies use a toxic chemical process to extract bamboo fibre, which does more harm than good. To know more about the processes in which bamboo fabric is made and how companies try greenwashing some of the toxic techniques, subscribe here.
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