Luxurious and Practical
by Ed Mass
B amboo has garnered
a lot of attention in
the fashion industry as
What’s So Great About Bamboo?
There are more than 1,000 bamboo species. This diversity makes it more
adaptable to different climatic zones than most other softwoods. It can grow over
approximately 70 percent of the earth’s land area. And it is a one of the most re-
well as for everyday newable resources on Earth.
Bamboo is abundantly available in many rural areas where economic develop-
textiles like sheets, towels ment is limited, so it can offer a social benefit as well. Through research and de-
velopment of more ways to utilize bamboo, rural areas are afforded an opportunity
and robes. The attention to maintain their culture and lifestyle while improving their economic situation.
Bamboo’s versatility is evidenced by its use for income, food and housing.
is due to its potential Different species are used for different purposes, including food for Pandas, hu-
environmental friendliness mans and livestock, woven handcraft products such as baskets and mats, textile
products, ingredients for Chinese medicines and construction of flooring, fences
combined with its luxuri- and roofing.
ously soft feel, flowing Bamboo for Clothes?
drape and many other Bamboo makes a wonderful clothing material. Due to its hollow fiber, it has
unusual breathing capabilities. The fiber is filled with micro gaps and micro holes,
positive properties. which allow for better moisture absorption and ventilation than other fibers.
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Comfort: Bamboo apparel is comfort- vironmentally unfriendly and unhealthy
able, very breathable, moisture-wicking, fabric softeners are not needed or recom-
fast drying and thermal regulating. Bamboo mended.
fabric is anti-static so it doesn’t cling. It is
often described as having the “ultra softness
of cashmere and the sheen (luster) of silk.” Bamboo Farming
Antibacterial: Bamboo is naturally anti- Bamboo farming is typically a very envi-
bacterial due to a bio-agent called “kun,” ronmentally responsible, renewable and
which resists the growth of bacteria on the sustainable practice. Practically all bamboo
fiber. This is normally carried through to the comes from China. China has often had a
finished product, allowing it also to resist “bad rap” for unfair labor and environmen-
the growth of bacteria that causes odors tally destructive practices. However, like
even after numerous washings. This elimi- anywhere else, it depends on the individual
nates the need for anti-microbial chemical circumstances, people and factories that are
treatment, which is known to cause allergic producing the goods.
reaction and is environmentally unfriendly. If the company that is having their cloth-
This also means that the garment will have ing made in China has requirements for pro-
to be washed less often, sa