What’s the real story?
Bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Certain species of bamboo can grow 35 inches within a 24 hour period. Bamboo is a very hardy plant and does not require irrigation, harmful fertilizers, or replanting, adding to it’s repertoire of eco-friendly aspects.
Most bamboo species are native to Asia and grow extremely well there, and we are proud to support small, family-owned businesses local to that region. It is very important to us to vet all of our manufacturers to be sure we are supporting companies that are fair trade, provide fair wages to their workers, are sweatshop free, are environmentally friendly, and responsible. In addition, we carry brands that manufacture their products in both Canada and the United States.
During manufacturing the companies we choose to support use a closed-loop process, meaning that no dyes or chemicals are dumped into the environment and the water is collected and reused. Bamboo is refined into a starchy pulp that is then put through the process of hydrolysis-alkalization, then spun into the soft fiber we know and love. The chemicals used in this process are reactive, but are not toxic like those used in the manufacturing of other common fabrics. These chemicals do not cause DNA damage and they do not enter the food chain. They are short lived because of their reactivity and easily neutralized into salt and water. We support companies that are Oeko-Tex 100 certified, meaning no harmful substances are detectable at the end of manufacturing.
The bamboo fibers that are used to make fabrics have channels, so they absorb moisture and wick it away from the skin, keeping you cool and dry. This also means that the fabric takes and holds dye exceptionally well and azo-free dyes can be used. Azo is a chemical compound found in typical clothing dyes that is both an allergen and easily rubs off on skin.
Easy Care and Washing
Bamboo viscose fabrics can look and drape like silk, but are more practical because you can machine wash them on the gentle cycle and tumble or hang dry them. They are somewhat resistant to wrinkling without the addition of resin finishes added to some polyester/cotton blend fabrics to give them those qualities.
The soft, smooth texture is exceptional for the comfort of all who wear it, and particularly well-suited to babies and those with sensitive skin.
Bamboo textiles are swiftly coming to the market in many forms — from sheets to socks to just about anything you can think of. We believe it is way past time for everyone to consider how their choices effect the environment around them.
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