Based on my passion for sustainability, I started looking for a substance that is good for both people and the environment. This is how I discovered bamboo. Loving the comfort and luxurious softness that bamboo radiates, I tell you more about the advantages of this sustainable raw material here.
Why is bamboo better?
Because of the round fibers and the thin fabric, bamboo feels as soft as silk. Because of its softness, bamboo is also ideal for people with sensitive skin.
“bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool”
Kind to skin
The anti-allergic charachteristics of bamboo make it perfect for people who suffer from allergies or skin irritations. Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic. Due to the strength of the grass species, no pesticides and insecticides are needed during growth and therefore do not remain behind in the substance.
Bamboo fibers breathe better than cotton fibers. This makes bamboo feel warmer in cold weather and fresher in warm weather. That’s good news: bamboo can be worn all year round!
Because bamboo is antibacterial, it inhibits the formation of sweat odors. It also absorbs and evaporates sweat faster (also ideal for sports). So you keep smelling nice and fresh until the evening.
For the environment
Very little water consumption
Rainwater is sufficient for bamboo, so no or hardly any extra water from irrigation is needed. A great ecological advantage as this raw material is becoming increasingly rare.
Bamboo is a biodegradable substance. 100% bamboo viscose is 100% biodegradable.
Bamboo itself is a very durable fabric for clothing. The fabric and the color remain very long lasting, as well as less water and energy is needed for washing bamboo.
Bamboo provides per m2 a 10 times higher yield than cotton.
Fertility of the soil
The fertility of the soil in which Bamboo grows improves enormously. The roots of Bamboo also remain in the soil after cutting, which prevents soil erosion.
Grows fast and naturally
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and grows 3 times a year on the same piece of soil. The strong grass also grows almost everywhere, even on slopes where normally nothing thrives. Bamboo does not need pesticides, insecticides or fertilizer to grow.
More CO2 absorption
Bamboo absorbs as much as 35% more CO2 op dan andere planten. than other plants. This is because bamboo grows 3 times as fast and therefore works effectively against the greenhouse effect.
“No worries! The panda eats a smaller type of bamboo than the one used for textiles. The cute bears can continue to feast in peace”.
Is bamboo the perfect sustainable option?
Ofcourse not. There is always room for improvement. With clothes made of bamboo, we are already taking a big step in the right direction, but just like everything else, bamboo is not 100% perfect. The strength of the plant has many advantages, but unfortunately there is also a disadvantage to each advantage. To turn the hard plant into a soft textile, a chemical viscose process is needed. It is very important that the chemical waste products from the process do not end up in the environment. What is good is that the necessary intervention lies with humans and not with the character of the plant, as is the case with cotton. Fortunately, numerous studies are already underway to make this one link more environmentally friendly. We will keep you informed!