From Bamboo Plant To Fibre

Bamboo - The Plant

 

Bamboo is one of the most sustainable resources in the world.  

  • Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth - it has the Guinness World Record!
  • Check out this 24 hour time lapse shown on BBCs Wild China
  • There are over 1400 species of bamboo
  • Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and emits 30% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees
  • Bamboo is one of the few plants that can keep up with deforestation - bamboo only takes 5 years to mature compared to 30-40 years for trees
  • When bamboo is havested it will continue to grow new shoots from its extensive root system
  • Bamboo roots prevent soil erosion
  • Bamboo is used as a food source, shelter, building material...  the list goes on

Bamboo is grown organically:

  • without the use of pesticides, fertilisers or chemicals
  • no irrigation required
  • no genetic modification

 

Bamboo - The Yarn

 

How do you get from the woody bamboo stalks to soft bamboo yarn?

Bamboo yarn is produced by pulverising the bamboo stalks and then regenerating the fibre into a smooth yarn.  

Are chemicals used?

This process does involve the use of some chemical solvents.  However the chemical use is contained within the factory and workers wear appropriate protective clothing.  These chemical solvents are broken down into salt and water at the end of the processing.  Our fibre is OEKO-Tex100 certified which means that there are no traces of harmful chemicals in the end product.  

Is bamboo fabric perfect?

No!  And nothing is!  But we think it is a pretty great alternative to the other options out there - especially compared to cotton and polyester.  

Reducing consumption is the key.  That is why our garments are designed to be versatile and able to be worn time and time again.