Increasing populations is resulting in a rising demand for fibre based products, placing further pressure on the planet’s remaining arable land. While global commitments to restore 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2020, industries and corporations desperately continue to search for tree free, deforestation free fibres.
Bamboo is a most resilient plant requiring no pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation to thrive. It can grow on degraded land, providing positive restoration properties while at the same time reducing deforestation. Bamboo is fast growth rate and high productivity results in significant volumes of fibre produced per area.
In order to produce high-quality bamboo viscose fabric, a process must be used which uses a non-toxic solvent to break down the ‘woody’ bamboo pulp. These same chemicals are routinely used in the processing of organic cotton into fibre, as approved by the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) and the Soil Association. We only source our bamboo fabrics from suppliers that can provide OEKO-TEX 100 certifications which proves that no harmful chemicals were used in the process and no harmful chemicals are present on the final product.
BAMBOO FIBRE PROPERTIES
Much like wool, bamboo has the uncanny ability to keep cool in summer and warm in winter, making it an excellent choice for winter sports base layers.
Bamboo contains an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bio-agent which is retained through the fabrication process and even after several washes.
Bamboo fabric cuts out 97.5% of harmful UV rays, making it the perfect summertime travel companion.
HYPOALLERGENIC AND BREATHABLE
Ideal material for anybody with allergy prone skin. Bamboo fibre fabric is anti-static, breathable and more absorbent than cotton which helps to wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you drier.
Our viscose made from bamboo is blended with a small amount of elastane for extra comfort and a luxuriously soft, wrinkle-free handle.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, growing up to 1 meter per day. New stems can be harvested multiple times making bamboo one of the most sustainable raw materials in the world.
Compared to cotton, bamboo yields the same volume of fibre while only occupying 10% of the land area.
Bamboo is naturally resistant to bacteria and thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilizers.
Fabric made out of 100% bamboo fibre is completely biodegradable and compostable.
Bamboo only needs rainwater to grow, while cotton can use up to 2700 litres of water for a single T-shirt
As a grass, bamboo is cut, not uprooted, which is good for the soil as it helps retain water and prevent erosion. Bamboo can grow almost anywhere, particularly on slopes not viable for other crops.
HELPS REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES
Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen and absorbs five times more carbon dioxide than trees!
Our faithful core customer still swears by cotton as their preferred material fibre for their everyday underwear. However cotton, even in its organic version, is a source of fibre which requires large amounts of land and water to cultivate, which is not ecological or environmentally friendly. So we decided to look for an alternative natural fibre which isn't as wasteful and this is how we came across bamboo.
ORGANIC DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN ECO FRIENDLY
You may think organic cotton is the more environmentally responsible choice, but in effect, your organic cotton t-shirt actually uses up more resources to produce than one made of conventionally grown cotton.
One of the main reasons, is that conventional cotton used in manufacturing today has been genetically engineered to produce more fibre than its organic counterpart, which in turn requires more land in order to yield the same amount of fibre and satisfy the ever growing demand. This translates to a comparatively higher average water consumption as well. It takes about 830 litres of water to grow enough conventional, high-yield cotton to produce a t-shirt, while the same amount of organic cotton for a t-shirt requires about 2400 litres of water.