How bamboo clothing is made

There has been a lot of debate recently about the environmental impact of manufacturing bamboo clothing so below we will look at the benefits of bamboo, the growing process and the manufacturing process.

BENEFITS OF BAMBOO CLOTHING

Bamboo clothing is extremely popular for active wear and leisure wear clothing due to it's benefits:

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Luxuriously Soft

Incredibly soft and lightweight and is great for people with sensitive skin

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Temperature Regulating

Keeps you cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather

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Moisture Resistant

Wicks sweat away from the body making it perfect for activewear

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Odour Resistant

The fabric doesn't allow bacteria to grow so you'll be kept stink free!

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UV Protection

Protects from 97.5% of harmful UV rays making it great for Summer

HOW IS BAMBOO GROWN?

Bamboo is a highly sustainable plant which is great for the environment

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No Chemicals

Bamboo grows naturally without the use of pesticides or fertilizers

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Sustainable

Regenerates naturally and is biodegradable. Bamboo only needs rain water to grow

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Fast Growing

Bamboo grows faster than any hardwood trees (it reaches 75 feet in less than 60 days!)

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Greater Yield

Bamboo yields the same volume as cotton from just 10% of the land area

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Conditions

Grows on soil that is not suitable to grow other crops and is great for the soil as it is cut not uprooted

HOW IS BAMBOO CLOTHING MADE?

There has been a lot of debate about how environmentally friendly the bamboo manufacturing process is and there are some processes that are more eco friendly than others

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After being harvested the bamboo leaves and soft inner pith are extracted using a steaming process and crushed into a pulp

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Traditionally the bamboo pulp is then 'cooked' using solvents and chemicals to create a regenerated cellulose fibre

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The bamboo fibre is combed and spun into yarn which is then weaved or knitted into clothing

Newer, more eco friendly producers use the Lyocell process to turn their pulp into fibre which uses non toxic solvents and a closed loop process that captures and recycles 99.9% of the chemicals used

When purchasing bamboo clothing we would recommend buying brands that have proper accreditations such as Oeko Tex. This is a worldwide consistent and independent certification system for all types of textiles which are tested for harmful substances. To obtain the Oeko Tex Standard 100 certification the textile has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances/chemicals

All the bamboo products that we stock here at Nature Shop have the Oeko Tex Standard accreditation. We believe that while the manufacturing processes could definitely be improved, the benefits of bamboo clothing combined with the sustainability and growing power of the bamboo plant make bamboo a great fibre for our products

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