As a sustainable, natural and fast growing material, the benefits of bamboo clothing are vast, and, along with hemp, it is quickly gaining popularity within the world of eco fashion. Bamboo grows at unbelievable speeds, up to 4 feet in 24 hours, and without a fertilizer or pesticide in sight. This makes it the ultimate sustainable material which eco conscious fashion and sportswear designers are eager to make use of. It grows densely in small areas and its yield per acre is ten times greater than that of cotton, making it a highly efficient and low cost material to use.
Sustainable and biodegradable
Compared with cotton, bamboo is a far more eco friendly choice. It requires only a fraction of the water of cotton to grow and when harvesting and its stems are cut rather than uprooted, keeping the soil stable and undisturbed which promotes a higher fertility in the area. This method also prevents the release of CO2 into the atmosphere. As a 100% biodegradable product, unwanted garments have a minimal impact upon the environment in terms of waste.
Helping the planet to breathe
Another benefit of this hardy and versatile plant is its ability to absorb CO2 emissions. In fact, one hectare of bamboo crop is able to absorb 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, compared with just 15 tonnes of young forest. So before it is even harvested for clothing or timber, it’s already done a lot of good for the planet!
Not only does the use of bamboo clothing have a positive impact on the planet and its resources, it is also comfortable and highly breathable which makes it a popular material for manufacturing sportswear. Outdoor and sports clothing companies such as Gelert and Polaris make use of bamboo in their baselayer tops. Its moisture wicking properties help to keep the skin cool, dry and comfortable in the heat and during exercise, yet insulated in colder weather. Bamboo is also UV protective and naturally antimicrobial meaning that it stays fresher for longer and helps to prevent irritation to skin.
It takes approximately 150g of fertilizers and pesticides to produce enough cotton for a single t shirt. Bamboo, however, is hardy enough to grow without the aid of any of these products, making it an organic fabric choice and a natural, non irritant alternative for your skin. The benefits of bamboo are huge so why not give this bountiful plant a chance next time you are shopping for lightweight and comfortable clothing?
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