Eco Friendly Bamboo Clothing
Bamboo Clothing Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. There are 1000s of species of bamboo that grow in many and varied climates around the world. More recently, bamboo has become a popular choice for clothing. Clothing made from bamboo fibre is a little softer than cotton but equally as strong. It has a natural sheen and drapes on the body much like silk. It has the insulating and odour resisting properties of wool without the ‘scratch’ on your skin.
Bamboo has many benefits over traditional materials used for clothing. It grows organically – with no need for irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. In addition to being eco-friendly, bamboo clothing is breathable, moisture-wicking, biodegradable, UV protecting, suitable for sensitive skin and super soft!
O2wear specializes in women’s bamboo base layers. You can buy our bamboo leggings and camisoles from our online store. |||Organic is generally defined as a crop that is not genetically modified and is grown without the use of man-made pesticides or fertilisers. Bamboo is naturally resistant to fungi and disease so it grows quite happily without any intervention. This not only means that the bamboo is grown organically, but the fibres used to make our bamboo leggings and camisoles won’t contain any toxins either. Read more about organic qualities of bamboo at our organic clothing page.|||Bamboo plants are eco-friendly in several ways. Bamboo grows without any irrigation, unlike crops such as cotton which require huge amounts of water. In addition, bamboo doesn’t contribute to water or soil contamination as it is grown without artificial fertilisers and pesticides. When compared to traditional fibres, bamboo clothing has a very small environmental footprint. Read more about the environmentally friendly properties of bamboo clothing.|||Eco-Friendly: bamboo is considered eco-friendly primarily because of the crop, which grows organically without the aid of pesticides, fertilisers or irrigation.
Softness: super soft and gentle on sensitive skin – you can buy our leggings and camisoles online and feel for yourself!
Sensitive Skin: the rounded fibres, antibacterial properties of bamboo and chemical free fabric (our products are certified with the Okeo-Tex 100 Standard) means that many allergy and eczema suffers find bamboo clothing particularly comfortable.
Easy Care: machine washable, and a cool iron or tumble dry if necessary.
Moisture Wicking: bamboo clothing is particularly good at wicking moisture away from the body, evidenced by the popularity of bamboo fibre in sporting and active wear.
Biodegradable: when disposed of, bamboo clothing will break-down in land fill much faster than synthetic fabrics.
UV Protection: A study by Deakin University showed that bamboo clothing is 60% better than cotton at protecting the wearer from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Breathable: Because it is derived from plants, bamboo fibre is naturally temperature regulating – cool in summer, warm in winter.
Insulating: When woven into fabric, bamboo clothing helps to trap a small layer of air against the skin. This layer acts as insulation, helping to regulate your temperature.
Antibacterial: Bamboo plants are naturally antibacterial, resisting fungi and pests. It’s believed that this characteristic is also a property of the fibre, but this hasn’t been proven.
So here are 10 more reason’s to check out our online store!|||There is still some debate as to what extent bamboo clothing really is environmentally friendly and that is because of the manufacturing process. To manufacture the yarn, the leaves and centre pith of the bamboo plant are crushed, pulped and put through various treatments, some of which involve the use of chemicals. The end product is bamboo viscose, which is spun in to yarn to make bamboo fabric. It is the use of these chemicals that means some people question the eco credentials of bamboo clothing.
While these are legitimate concerns, the organic and environmental way in which the crop is grown has many advantages over water intensive and genetically modified crops such as cotton. In China where the bamboo is sourced, the industry is tightly controlled, with only one company owning the patent to manufacture the yarn, ensuring a much higher level of regulation than many other industries there.
The technology for manufacturing bamboo viscose is still relatively new. There are still many ways that the process can be improved upon and research such as that at Deakin University is continuing to explore ways to improve the manufacturing process and retain more of the natural characteristics of the bamboo plant in fabric.