It’s no secret that bamboo is awesome. It’s versatile, sustainable, and very low maintenance, especially when compared to other natural materials that require many fertilizers and additional nutrients to thrive.
Plus, it’s a fast grower, so selecting bamboo for everything from construction to linens to PPE and more is an environmentally sound choice.
Bamboo is new to many, and curious minds want to know...
How Does Our Bamboo Get to You?
With a couple of potential variations in production, there are four main stages in the bamboo fabric production process:
1. Mature bamboo stalks are harvested.
Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on the planet, with some species capable of growing nearly three feet in a single day, so opting to leverage its sustainability eases the heavy burden that has traditionally been placed on the forestry industry.
Trees, which grow at a much slower rate, take more time to replace—and the demand the global population has been placing on forests has put them at risk.
Did you know?
We currently lose the equivalent of 40,000 soccer fields of forest EVERY DAY to deforestation and degradation.
One of the widely accepted solutions for combating the threat to our forests is to promote and support alternative and sustainable agricultural efforts. Hello, bamboo!
2. Bamboo stalks are processed into fiber pulp.
Processing can either be completed mechanically or chemically.
Bamboo strips and chips are processed into pulp and dissolved by smashing and mashing. Bamboo leaves and the core of the plant are crushed together. This produces a pulp that is passed through a filter, resulting in long fibers that are treated so they can be spun.
Did You Know?
Bambo “kun” is a naturally occurring bio-agent that gives bamboo antibacterial, antifungal, and odor-resistant qualities. It also protects the skin by absorbing UV rays from the sun.
3. Bamboo fiber is spun into yarn.
By the time it gets to this point, bamboo fiber is soft and luxurious, much like silk. The raw product has the appearance of cotton balls, but smoother and shinier.
Did You Know?
Bamboo does not contain a free electron, which means that there’s no pesky little electron floating around out there looking for something to attach to and produce static electricity. This makes things like bamboo clothing, PPE, luxury items, and everything else made from bamboo fabric anti-static.
4. Bamboo yarn is woven into fabric.
There are various weaving methods used to arrive at different fabric characteristics. This is why manufacturers can produce everything from linens to high-quality PPE from bamboo fiber.
Did You Know?
Bamboo fibers are naturally cross-sectional and interwoven, making bamboo fabric exceptionally comfortable in the summertime. The microscopic gaps in the fabric’s construction allow for ventilation and cooling.
What’s not to love about bamboo? This resilient and sustainable plant has become the source for some of the most sought-after products on the market today. It’s alleviating pressure on other industries, showing off its planet-saving capabilities, and giving the earth a much-needed break from deforestation and overuse of other natural resources.
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