Our Panda says Bambooh!
IS BAMBOO THE NEW CLOTHING?
Ever been to Asia? Backpacking, checking the wildlife and staying at cozy build hostels? You probably noted there is bamboo all around. For construction, furniture and even food. Yes, not only our big Panda brother eats this kind of grass. We humans do too. One of the latest trends in today’s fashion industry is the use of bamboo for clothing. Marketing machines promote the sustainability and eco-friendliness of bamboo but is this really true or do we need to look closer?
What is bamboo?
Bamboo is grass, not a tree although you can climb it. It grows with speed of light and can make 1 meter a day. It keeps growing and doesn’t need replanting because the roots keep making new shoots. All this makes bamboo an almost inexhaustible source to harvest.
The big advantages of Bamboo:
– No need for fertilizers and pesticides to grow.
– No machines needed during lifecycle, until the harvest.
– Grows on a low fertile soil and will prevent erosion and retain water.
– No need to irrigate.
– Produces oxygen in an average high percentage.
How to make bamboo clothing?
Once the bamboo has left it brothers and sisters in the forest the fiber needs to be processed and that can be done in two ways: in mechanical or chemical way.
Unfortunately most clothing made from bamboo fiber is made in a chemical way. It is a process in which the bamboo is ‘cooked’ with hazardous chemicals. The process takes several steps and is not sustainable to the workers-life. Very often the chemicals are not recylced and dumped in open water. Not eco-friendly for our fluffy Panda bear out in the wild.
The mechanical way needs pressing the wooden bamboo parts, add natural enzymes, then combing and spinning. Of course all this is costing more and therefore very limited available. But the product is much more friendly to the environment and worth paying for.
If you are conscious about sustainable clothing it is good to have a closer look at the labels selling these bamboo clothing. Check if they are certified through independent parties like Oeko-Tex and Soil Association.
Good things about bamboo clothing
New methods and new techniques make the fashion industry change. Buying bamboo clothing is part of this process.
For you as customer the advantages are:
– Bamboo clothing is 100% recyclable, feels like silk but less expensive.
– Bamboo clothing can go in washing machine and dryer.
– Bamboo is from origin anti-bacterial, does not irritate.
– Bamboo fiber breathes more and adapts more moisture then regular clothing.
What choices to make for bamboo?
We asked our great wise Panda bear what is best. His advice: do not chop other trees and plant bamboo instead for industrial purposes. Other animals will not appreciate, like I do.
Make your own choice based on independent sources and we keep eating bamboo shoots now and in the future. Thank you.