How Is Bamboo Fabric Made?

BambooWhy Bamboo?

Bamboo is one of the world’s most sustainable resources around. Bamboo is quite often referred as a tree, however, this plant is categorized as a grass, and it is very easy to grow.

This grass grows extremely fast and can shoot up a yard or more a day. Bamboo reaches maturity quickly and is ready for harvesting in about 4 years.

Bamboo has the ability to regenerate itself. So it does not need to be replanted after harvesting. Once bamboo has been cut down, brand new shoots continuously grow replacing old ones, so that this plant can be harvested over and over again.

Another benefit of bamboo is that they are low maintenance and required very little water to survive. They are also resistant to pests, therefore, do not require the application of pesticides at all.

Bamboo releases more oxygen into the atmosphere compared to trees, therefore, improving air quality. So planting bamboo can help reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the air.

This makes the plant very friendly to our environment.

The Bamboo Fabric Process

In the recent years, bamboo fabric clothing have gained popularity in the fashion industry. This eco-fabric has a natural sheen and luxurious softness that feels and drapes like silk. Bamboo fabric feels really good!

Have a read about my first encounter with bamboo fabric HERE.

Bamboo fabric is used to make a variety of clothing such as underwear, socks, bed sheets, towels, and pillow cases. I just love the wide variety of socks from Bamboo Bits and the bed sheets from Ettitude.

There are two ways to process bamboo to convert the bamboo into a fabric:

1) Mechanical Process:

This process requires crushing the woody sections of the bamboo plant and applying natural enzymes to break down the plant walls into a soft and mushy mass. The natural bamboo fibers are mechanically combed out and then spun into yarn for weaving into fabric.

This mechanical process is the earth friendly way of turning bamboo into fabric. It is also used to manufacture linen fabric from flax or hemp.

2) Chemical Process:

Many of the eco-fashion fabrics are made using the chemical process. The general process of chemically manufacturing bamboo fiber is known as hydrolysis alkalization  with multi-phase bleaching technology.

This involves soaking crushed bamboo with a powerful alkaline solution, such as sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and carbon disulfide, to break down the elements holding the bamboo fibres together. Through a complex series of steps, the bamboo fibres become thinner and are bleached. Once the process is completed, the fibres are spun into yarn.

Note: Some concerns have been raised about the harmful chemicals used during this process, but when used responsibly it should have no effect on the environment and workers’ health.

8 Benefits of Bamboo Clothing

bamboo socks1) Bamboo fabric feels great.

2) Non-irritating as the fabric does not cling to body

3) Robust, durable, and hypoallergenic

4) Biodegradable

5) Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. So controls body odour! 

6) Breathable and thermal regulating than cotton, hemp, wool or synthetic fabrics.

7) Very easy to dye the fabric

8) Highly absorbent keeping you drier during warmer weathers

Conclusion

It’s amazing how manufacturers have found ways to turn a sustainable renewable resource like bamboo into fabric. Bamboo fabric offers some great qualities for the eco-minded individual. 

If you haven’t tried bamboo products before, then you might be missing out on their great benefits. You can read my post on where you can find some great bamboo products HERE!

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Where to buy bamboo sheets and towels?

A few years back, I bought my first bamboo towel online from Ettitude just to try it out and fell completely in love with it ever since. It was so soft! To me, they had the best bamboo towels.  Whenever I need new towels, I know that this is the place where to buy bamboo towels.

bamboo bed sheetsNot long after I bought my first bamboo towel, I was invited to Ettitude’s 4th birthday party located in a warehouse at Mebourne where there were organic food and drink and many prizes to be won. That night, they had a raffle and I won first prize, which was the best part of that night.

My prize was a 100% organic bamboo queen size bed sheet set. It was bright green as you can see on the picture to your right. Inside the bag, there was 1 flat sheet, 1 fitted sheet, and 2 pillow cases. In the picture, the sheets are clumped up and look a bit wrinkly because it hasn’t been ironed.

Even though bright green isn’t exactly my favorite color, I’m still proud that I won this prize and get to try out my new bamboo bed sheets. I loved the fact that it was luxuriously smooth with a silky soft texture. After some time, I bought myself some bamboo kitchen towels/tea towels and another bed sheet set, which is deep purple color, a color that I liked.

So if you are wondering where to buy bamboo bed sheets, towels and other items, check out the below online stores by clicking on the pictures

Ettitute

Ettitute is committed to making eco-conscious living easy, affordable, and rewarding. They sell bamboo bedding, bath and linens, organic cotton baby & kids clothing, eco-friendly laundry & toiletries, bamboo underwear, socks and clothing. Click on below picture to visit Ettitude’s online store.

Ettitude Organic Bamboo Lyocell Duvet Cover Set Blue Nights

Eastwind Textiles

Eastwind Textiles is an Australian company based in Adelaide. Their products are made with 100% bamboo and specializes in selling bamboo bed sheets, blankets, towels, clothes, cot sheets for babies, and clothing. Click on below picture to visit Eastwind Textiles’ online store.

Eastwind Textiles

Doodlebug

Doodlebug was established in 2009 and sells fashionable bamboo clothing for babies and children newborn through to around 8 years old. Other eco-friendly products include stationery products. Products are designed in Australia, but products can be shipped internationally. Click on below picture to visit Doodlebug’s online store.

Doodlebug

Conclusion

Choose BambooIf you want to do your bit to make a positive impact on the environment, choosing products made from bamboo fabric is an excellent organic choice. Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton with a texture similar to silk. Once you try the bamboo products, you’ll know what I mean. They also have anti-bacterial properties, which means that you won’t smell when you wear bamboo clothing. 

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