Telling you that you need to buy bamboo clothing may seem a little extreme. Especially for a sustainability blog.
But the truth is – us humans need to start doing a lot of things if we’re going to rectify the damage we’ve done to the planet.
And replacing the unsustainable things we buy with greener options is an important first step.
When it comes to clothing, buying secondhand is a great choice. But what if you don’t have access to thrift stores?
Or maybe you do, but you can’t find what you’re looking for.
Buying clothing made from sustainable resources like bamboo is one way to tell retailers, brands and manufacturers that we want eco-conscious choices and we want them now.
So, why exactly is bamboo clothing a sustainable option?
I’m so glad you asked! Here are five reasons why you need to start buying bamboo.
Bamboo Is the Fastest Growing Plant on Earth
One type of bamboo species found in the UK holds the world record for the fastest growing plant – gaining up to 35 inches in one day.
Because bamboo grows so quickly, it’s become a go-to for all kinds of sustainable products. Aside from clothing, you can find bedding, toothbrushes, furniture, diapers and more made from bamboo.
Bamboo Needs Less Water
Did you know it takes 2,700 litres of water to make a single cotton t-shirt? Meanwhile, bamboo can grow without any additional watering required. Under most circumstances, it only needs rainwater and sunlight to thrive.
And thrive it does! The tallest bamboo species in the world is native to Burma and can grow to over 100 feet.
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Bamboo Absorbs More Carbon
Some trees are better at cleaning the air than others. Not that I would ever play favourites – I love all trees equally. But bamboo forests are able to absorb five times more CO2 than similar sized forests filled with different types of trees.
Bamboo is so effective at capturing and storing carbon that countries such as India are pushing for bamboo afforestation to help tackle climate change.
Bamboo is Naturally Antibacterial
Aside from the sustainability factor, there’s a reason why so many companies are drawn to bamboo as a product material. It has the ability resist bacteria both in tree form and after it’s been turned into fibre.
A study by the China Textile Industry Testing Centre showed that 99.8% of the bacteria introduced to a woven bamboo fibre were killed within 24 hours.
Bamboo Clothing Brands Are Everywhere
If you’re wondering where to find clothing made from bamboo – you don’t have to look far.
While most traditional retailers primarily sell clothing made from plastic-based fabrics such as polyester or non-organic cotton, there are many innovative bamboo clothing brands you can find online.
One such bamboo clothing company is Bamigo. Bamigo carries handmade bamboo clothing for men, such as bamboo underwear, t-shirts, hoodies, bathrobes – even bamboo socks.
If you’d like to learn more about why bamboo is such a sustainable option for clothing, you can read Bamigo’s article about the positive environmental impacts of bamboo.
To check out Bamigo’s line of bamboo clothing, visit them here.
Posted on December 29, 2020
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