WHY USE BAMBOO ？
Bamboo is a remarkable and highly versatile natural resource, it has quickly become one of the most eco-friendly fabrics in the world, Bamboo is hugely beneficial both to the way we want to live our lives and to the environment.
Bamboo is amazing – it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within a year and some species grow a whopping 120cm per day! It is a naturally prolific and resilient plant, which does not need fertilisers to boost its growth, or pesticides since bamboo is naturally pest-resistant. This marks it out from cotton or timber, which needs to be replanted at every harvest and requires extensive spraying and watering to achieve optimal growth.
Since bamboo requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, it is an environmental wonder-plant. As if this were not enough, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than either cotton or timber. It also releases more oxygen into the environment which improves air quality. Cotton farming, on the other hand, famously requires extensive irrigation and chemical spraying - a single cotton T-shirt can use up to 2700 litres of water in the growing process! Bamboo is by far the greener option.
Bamboo is 100% natural and biodegradable which gives conscientious consumers real peace of mind. Once you have no further use for a bamboo product you can rest easy, knowing that it will return to the Earth leaving minimal environmental impact. Plastic, on the other hand, will continue to clog up the ecosystem for the remainder of your lifetime, your children's lifetime and your grandchildren's lifetime. So much better to enjoy a product that has a small environmental footprint and leaves barely a trace.
HOW IS BAMBOO MANUFACTURED ？
There are two different approaches to extracting the bamboo fibres and making bamboo textile. You can use either the mechanical or chemical process. The mechanical process is less popular as it is more labour intensive and costly.
The mechanical process involves crushing the woody part of the plant, and then using natural enzymes to break the bamboo walls into a mushed up mass, the fibres can then be mechanically combed out and rolled into yarn.
The chemical process involves turning the bamboo fibre into a regenerated cellulose fibre, similar to rayon or modal. This is the most popular and most common process used in the manufacturing of bamboo clothing.
See the following video for a better understanding about bamboo.
The Extraordinary Trip of Bamboo
HOW ARE BAMBOO PRODUCTS REGULATED ？
All bamboo fibre produced for use in clothing and so on has to be Oeko-Tex 100 certified. Oeko-Tex is a global certification that allows consumers to easily identify textile products that pose no risk to human health.
Oeko-Tex 100 certified fibre has been found to contain no trace chemicals that pose any health threat whatsoever. It is common knowledge that the harmful chemicals can enter the body through skin contact and during the 1990s it was common practice for some manufacturers to use harmful substances when making clothing.
And so the globally recognised Oeko-Tex 100 Standard was introduced, giving consumers reassurance about their choice of textile products. Oeko-Tex® provides the standards and the tests necessary to screen textiles for substances that include:
preservative ingredients like pentachlorophenol and tetrachlorophenol
synthetic compounds and allergy-inducing dyestuffs.
The Oeko-Tex certification also tests for things like pH-value and colourfastness, which helps to safeguard consumers' health.
In order to be able to display the Oeko-Tex label on their products and marketing material, manufacturers have to comply with a range of tests across all stages of production - from raw materials to end products and all the processes in between. The certificate is renewable on a yearly basis but can be revoked if the manufacturer fails to comply with the Oeko-Tex standards.
How can I be sure that what I am buying is free from harmful chemicals?
Look out for the Oeko “Confidence in Textiles” seal of quality the next time that you make a purchase. You can rest assured that these products have been manufactured with your well-being in mind.