The natural textile fibre of Bamboo is made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. The popularity of Bamboo fabric has been on the rise because it is a unique fabric and is more sustainable than most other textiles. Bamboo fabric is light weight and is very strong. Bamboo has excellent wicking properties and will pull away moisture from the skin, and is unbelievably soft. Many people that experience allergic reactions to other fabrics do not react in the same way with bamboo fabric. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating characteristics and will keep cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Bamboo fabric is commonly used by companies trying to use sustainable textiles, because the bamboo plant is fast growing and does not typically require the use of pesticides to flourish. Therefore, bamboo plantations are easily kept organic and can be replanted continuously to replenish bamboo stocks for further textile use.
The types of dyes used on the bamboo fabric is usually a reactive dye that does not include the use of toxic mordants. Dyes are colourfast and will not bleed when washed. This also is great for other clothing being washed, and the run off from the washing water is not dye laden which can be harsh to the environment.
A great thing about bamboo fabric is it is extremely soft and comfortable to wear. Bamboo clothing is much softer than conventional cotton. Even though chemicals are used in the processing of bamboo, the chemicals are used in a controlled environment of the factory. The great part is bamboo grows without the requirement for pesticide, fertilizers and insecticide use. Bamboo is by far better for the environment than Cotton. Cotton is known as the ‘dirtiest’ crop, because of the need to use insecticides, which is the most dangerous and hazardous type of pesticide to the health of humans and animals.
Bamboo grows very fast and is in fact the fastest growing plant. Bamboo requires less water to grow than its competitor- cotton. another great characteristic of bamboo is it absorbed in more carbon dioxide and in turn releases more oxygen than cotton. This process is helping in the fight against global warming. A fully grown Moso bamboo stalk (the type of bamboo that is commonly used to produce fabric) yields far more than cotton. It is obvious why bamboo fabric is the wiser choice for the environment and for the construction of clothing.