What is clothing made of bamboo?
Bamboo fiber is a revolutionary fabric with unique benefits, including strength, versatility and luxurious softness.
Bamboo is considered to be one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and requires neither chemicals nor irrigation, and because it degrades biologically much faster than oil-based substances.
Bamboo is related to grass, and is one of the earth’s most sustainable resources. It requires almost no irrigation and can be grown completely without the use of pesticides. Bamboo is considered to be the fastest growing plant in the world, and some varieties grow up to 30 centimeters a day, and for the same reason can be harvested several times a year without having to be replanted.
First, the green bamboo shoots are chopped into small pieces. Then the bamboo is soaked in an emollient solution. The production of bamboo fabric currently involves a chemical process – multiphase bleaching that uses caustic soda. This is done in a closed circuit – all liquid is recycled and all solvents are collected and removed to ensure that the process is as environmentally friendly as possible.
However, this is also the big disadvantage of sustainable clothing, the decomposition of bamboo into clothing fibers requires chemicals. However, all the many other good qualities and quality of the clothes outweigh this. Research is still required though, to try to find other ways to perform this process with less harmful chemicals, and preferably without using any chemicals at all. However, there are no chemicals in the clothes after production and 95% of the clothes we sell are OEKO-Tex certified.
Part of our collections come from FSC-certified forests, where both the wild life of the forest as well as the social conditions of forest workers are taken care of. In addition, part of the production is also FSC certified – however, it is new and currently JBS is the only 100% FSC certified brand – but we expect up to 80% of our brands to be certified by the end of this year. Copenhagenbamboo.com is also certified and has number: FSC® N003469.
In addition to the FSC certification of the raw material, the bamboo viscose itself has also been extracted in a responsible manner. That is the future of apparel production.
Why is bamboo better?
The benefits can be seen immediately / the benefits are immediate. The comfort and feel of bamboo clothing is easy to recognize compared to other fabrics. This is due to the high number of threads / fibers in the fabric, which gives maximum comfort.
Reasons why bamboo is considered environmentally friendly:
- Bamboo grows 100% naturally without the use of pesticides nor fertilizers
- Bamboo can grow largely without water, and can survive both drought and flood
- Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It grows to its maximum height of 3 meters in 3-4 years. Bamboo spreads itself, so you do not need to plant new fields
- Bamboo is used for soil rotation: bamboo is good for the soil and is used to improve the soil quality if it’s poor, as it leaves the soil more nutritious
- Bamboo has a positive effect on CO2 levels, as bamboo absorbs more CO2 than trees per m2
- Bamboo is biodegradable
The ecological footprint
Bamboo is an extremely environmentally friendly plant, which is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to cotton – and not just because of its amazing properties, but especially because of its environmental friendliness. Bamboo is one of the driving forces when it comes to protecting the earth’s resources. Bamboo grows to max. height in only two to three years without the use of irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers.
Built-in temperature control
Bamboo fabric is a warm, but at the same time breathable fabric. Maximum performance regardless of temperature.
In textile form, bamboo retains many of the same properties it has as a plant. Bamboo fabric is extremely absorbent – it can absorb up to three times its own weight in water and is therefore very suitable for both socks as well as underpants. Bamboo fabric thus has an excellent absorbency, which keeps moisture away from the skin and allows it to evaporate. This makes bamboo ideal for both hot and cold climates, as bamboo clothing has a built-in temperature control. In the winter, it keeps you warm by trapping warm air in the fibers, and in the summer, the breathability ensures that you are cooled down.
Free of chemicals
After processing, bamboo fabric contains no harmful chemicals. All our clothes are OEKO-Tex certified which guarantees they do not contain any harmful chemicals.
Bamboo clothing is made of a luxurious, soft fabric, which is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture wicking and quick-drying. The fibers are naturally round and smooth without chemical treatment, which means that there are no sharp threads / fibers that can irritate the skin.
Bamboo can both feel like and resemble silk or very soft cotton. But bamboo is for cotton, what cashmere is for wool – namely a softer and more luxurious feeling, which is comfortable to wear. You will especially be able to feel the difference with a bamboo t-shirt but also with bamboo undershirts and bamboo underwear. Bamboo fabric is moisture-absorbing, and keeps your skin dry and free of moisture.
Antibacterial and odorless
One of the main benefits of bamboo clothing is the many antibacterial properties of the clothing and fabric – and the benefits remain even after being washed several times.
Bamboo clothing is 99.8% antibacterial. This helps to reduce the amount of bacteria that can live in clothes and cause unpleasant odors. Bamboo clothing can also kill the odor-causing bacteria that live on the skin.
Bamboo clothing and the fibers in bamboo fabric, help protect you from the sun and UV rays. The environmentally friendly substance has a number of UV-resistant properties.
The amount of long-stacked cotton fibers gives the clothes a longer durability. The elastane provides the perfect stretch while the bamboo viscose gives the products their soft, antibacterial and temperature-regulating functions.