Much of our clothing is made with synthetic fibers or conventionally grown cotton. Did you know over 1/3 of a pound of pesticides are used to make just one 100% t-shirt? (See Are You Dressing In Chemicals Today?) With clothing so close to our skin most of each day, it just makes sense to look for more natural alternatives.
Bamboo is one alternative. It grows fast (up to a meter a day), can tolerate heat and drought, and can grow most anywhere. If you've never worn clothing made from bamboo, you'll enjoy the light and soft texture, breathes easily and doesn't absorb smells. Read more of the benefits below.
Benefits of Bamboo
Bamboo has a short growth cycle, one of the fastest growing woody plants on earth. Some species can grow up to one meter daily, which makes it a quick renewable resource. And because it's so versatile and yields so much, it solves the problem of replenishing many consumables quickly.
Throughout the world, there are over 1600 species of bamboo which have adapted to many different environments. Bamboo can be harvested in 3 to 5 years, in contrast to other plants that take 10 to 20. It also tolerates extreme weather conditions, from droughts to high rainfall.
Bamboo is antibacterial, forever. By killing almost all bacteria, bamboo stays fresher and odor-free for longer, is more hygienic and healthier.
For sensitive or allergy prone skin, bamboo is perfect. In production, there is a lack of harsh chemical treatments which can irritate skin. Bamboo fiber is smooth and round, so is a non-irritant. It contains a naturally-occurring, antibacterial ('bamboo kun') that resists the spread of bacteria on the skin without any adverse affects, such as abrasion or irritation.
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, mainly because it has extraordinary water absorbency which helps it to grow fast. In fabric form it retains this unique, remarkable property. It's 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton. It 'wicks' away moisture from the body which then evaporates, keeping you - naturally - drier and more comfortable.
Bamboo is antibacterial, antifungal and anti-static. In the wild, bamboo thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilizers.
From an environmental perspective, bamboo generates 35% more oxygen than an equivalent amount of trees so it cleanses the air of carbon dioxide and cleans the soil at the same time. Bamboo roots help prevent erosion and provides shade.
Overall it's a versatile and renewable resource.