What is Bamboo Fabric?
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass.
The Bamboo used to produce fabrics (not the same as Panda food) is easily replenished and requires no pesticides to grow.
Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades more quickly than oil-based synthetics.
Bamboo rayon is made by dissolving pulp bamboo into its cellulose component and then spun into viscose fibers.
Clothing made of bamboo rayon typically lasts even longer and holds its shape even better than clothing made of simple bamboo fiber.
Advantages of Bamboo
Bamboo is a powerhouse when it comes to protecting the planet’s resources. Maturing in only two years, it doesn’t require fertilizer or pesticides to grow quickly and strongly.
The bamboo used in clothing is produced in an eco-friendly closed-loop process with at least Oeko-Tex 100 certification.
Built in Temperature Control
In textile form bamboo retains many of the properties it has a plant.
Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up to three times its weight in water.
In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate.
This makes it great for both hot and cool climates, bamboo clothing offers built-in temperature control.
It traps warm air in its cross-sectional fibers to keep you warm in the winter, while its breathable nature and wicking properties keep moisture at bay for greater comfort in hot times.
After processing, the bamboo fiber does not contain any harmful chemicals (as per the Okeo-Tex 100 standard – the global testing and accreditation system for the screening of harmful substances within consumer textiles)
Bamboo clothing has a luxuriously soft fabric that is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture- absorbent and quick drying.
The fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment, meaning that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.
Bamboo can look and feel like silk or very soft cotton.
Antibacterial & Odorless
Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is able to retain, even through multiple washings.
Bamboo exhibits up to a 99.8% antibacterial rate.
This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive in clothing and cause unpleasant odors.
It can also kill odor causing bacteria that live on human skin, making the wearer and his or her clothing smell sweet.
This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
Disadvantage of Bamboo
Bamboo loses 60% of its strength when wet, so it may not be suitable for industrial uniforms and washings.
FAQ on Bamboo
Is it true that bamboo clothing is anti-microbial?
The bamboo plant has a natural resistance to pest and fungal infestation due to an ant-microbial agent known as “bamboo kun” that prevents harmful matters from cultivating on the plant.
Where does bamboo come from?
There are over 1,000 species of bamboo growing throughout the world.
You can find wild bamboo growing in Central America, South America, South Africa, India, East Asia, Japan and the north of Australia.
Globally, bamboo covers approximately 49 million acres of the world’s surface.
Bamboo used in the textile trade comes almost exclusively from China .
Is the process used to manufacture bamboo textiles harmful to the environment?
- Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth with a growth rate of over 12 inches per day
- Bamboo is tremendously strong and pest resistant. No fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation is required.
- Bamboo does not require replanting.The shoots are cut to their base and the bamboo re-grows from new shoots.
I just found your amazing post about bamboo fabric. It really has some amazing properties doesn’t it?? Obviously we love bamboo sheets, but there are so many other natural products for the home like tea towels, dish cloths, towels not to mention clothing. There are some fantastic online and in store retailers of these products, and I think with articles like yours, bamboo will soon overtake cotton as the fabric of choice in our life. The next few years will be interesting to watch. Love your blog by the way 🙂
Hi, I am interested in your organic fabric for my new kids collection. Is it possible to get catalogue with prices?
Sorry, we are not the supplier
Whats your angle on the chemicals used in the processing of the bamboo into useable fabric? You only vaguely alluded to it in one sentence and did not address it in the eco friendly faq. Is there anyway to be sure the process a certain vendor/manufacturer uses is safe BOTH environmentally and for human health while wearing?
Is there anyway to be sure the process a certain vendor/manufacturer uses is safe BOTH environmentally and for human health while wearing?
The simple answer to your question is No. You can only go by the reputation of the manufacturer, both past and present.
It is my understanding that there are two fundamentally different types of “bamboo” fibres: regenerated cellulose fibre created from Bamboo and 2/ “genuine” bamboo fibre creased by enzyme breakdown of bamboo into it’s constituent fibres. Also, in the USA there appears to be a ruling or regulation that only the second may be referred to as “bamboo” while the first one is basically a rayon-like product made from cellulose.
I am not aware of there being any regulations in other countries. Does anyone? Also, most articles do not make any distinction between the two and attribute all the benefits of genuine bamboo fibre to the other cellulose based fibre. My suspicion is that this is not correct and just a bunch of smoke and mirrors!
How is bamboo fabric broken down when the garment is finally no more use (including second hand and so on)? Does it break down like cotton and get absorbed back into the soil.