Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bamboo Fabric - Who Knew!

Well, I decided to do a little (just a little) research on Bamboo fabric and here's what I found out:

Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass, has many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibers. Is light and strong, and is to some extent antibacterial. It resembles cotton in its unspun form. It is very soft and can be worn directly next to the skin - I can attest to that, but it still shedding on my clothes. Bamboo has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is apparently able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odors. It can also kill odor causing bacteria that live on human skin, making the wearer and his or her clothing smell more sweet - oh yeah, that describes me truly. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating properties and will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

There you have it, the virtues of Bamboo Clothing!! They just need to figure out how to make it washable, and how to stop the shedding.

* Hmmm, I just had a thought - what if, in the not-so-near future, somebody decides that we need to exterminate the pandas because those pesky creatures cannot stop eating the precious bamboo? I'm depressed now.....will not buy any more bamboo products, don't want to contribute to the annihilation of the pandas.

1 comment:

Mo said...

Fortunately, the species of bamboo that is used for textiles is not on the menu for pandas. Moso bamboo, as it is commonly known, does not have any leaves that are low enough on the plant to be accessible to those pesky bears.

Also, our company makes bamboo fiber clothing and it is totally machine washable and does not shed.