Recent years have seen a drastic rise in the amount of stores producing and stocking clothing made from bamboo, so we thought we'd take a closer look at what makes this fibre so desirable and whether it's a fabric for the future!
A key factor in the new found popularity of bamboo is its ecological credentials; many of which come from the nature of bamboo as a plant which is fast growing and requires no pesticides or additional fertilisers. Bamboo can also be grown on low quality soil, and in fact helps improve soil quality! All these aspects make it a very low cost crop with high yield and low chemical impact at the stage of growing. Another key benefit of bamboo is that it requires one third of the amount of water required to grow cotton and half of that in comparison to other wood pulp fibre crops. One of the other biggest benefits is that in comparison to an equivalent area of trees, bamboo takes in five times as much carbon dioxide and releases 35% more oxygen! It also doesn't need replanting between each harvest, it can simply be left to grow again making bamboo a very sustainable raw material.
Once bamboo is in yarn form, it has many desirable properties which makes it less of an eco substitute for other fabrics but rather a great replacement for many different areas of the industry from sportswear to high end fashion. It's most noticeable feature is that it is super soft to touch, giving the textile a luxury feel which means it can be used as an alternative for fabrics like silk as well as cottons and synthetic textiles. Bamboo however has a wide array of other less noticeable but equally desirable properties that make it a much sought after fabric. Bamboo is anti-bacterial, meaning the clothes won't develop an odour even if they've been worn for several days. It's also anti-static so the garment doesn't stick uncomfortably to the skin, and the hollow structure of the fibre allows it to both trap heat and draw moisture from the skin keeping the wearer both warm and dry. In addition to all these qualities, bamboo keeps its colour and shape and doesn't pill, allowing the garment to become an established part of any wardrobe. The bamboo fibre is 100% biodegradable so once it is no longer wearable, in as little as a year it will have decomposed back in to the soil without production of any pollutants.
All these factors come together to make bamboo a highly desirable fabric, which is why we love it so much here at Beaumont Organic! The styles featured in the blog are a sneak peek of the next season, but if you can't wait until then, you can shop the fabric by clicking here.