ALL ABOUT BAMBOO
Bamboo can grow up to 1 metre a day, making it one of the fastest growing grasses. Bamboo makes few demands on the environment and the soil, and needs little water or nutrients. The bamboo used for textiles comes from China.
CHARACTERISTICS OF BAMBOO
Bamboo has a number of unique properties. The anti-bacterial effect of the fibres prevents unpleasant odors, so bamboo and bamboo charcoal have become popular materials for work clothing, such as socks and shirts. The open structure of bamboo fibres means they can absorb sweat four times faster than pure cotton. Bamboo is cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. It is an excellent alternative for people with sensitive skin and allergies. Another useful property is that it is wrinkle-free, which keeps maintenance down.
Although bamboo viscose is a new material, bamboo itself has been used for making clothes for a long time. Chinese and Japanese farmers and fishermen used raw bamboo to weave hats for protection from the sun. Bamboo was also used for strengthening corsets. Processed bamboo has now made these natural fibres suitable for use in modern textiles.
THE POPULARITY OF BAMBOO
Bamboo has a number of unique properties. Its anti-bacterial effect helps prevent unpleasant odors, and it is a sustainable alternative to cotton. These qualities have made it a popular material.
BAMBOO A SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE
Bamboo is a sustainable alternative to cotton. It makes few demands on soil, needs little water, and no insecticides, pesticides or artificial fertilisers. Only the plant’s side shoots are used to make clothing, so the same plant can be harvested every year. Bamboo also absorbs five times more CO2 than comparable plants, and produces 35 percent more oxygen. The strong roots of the plant bind soil and prevent erosion.