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Is Bamboo Fabric Too Good To Be True?

Fun Fact: Pandas are my absolute favorite animal. One of the highlights of my childhood was going to see the pandas in Washington D.C, I even had panda themed room.

Extreme? Yes. True? Also yes.

All I can say is, thank goodness my mother nurtured my weirdness.

Bamboo is so synonymous with pandas, but this plant is now being used for more than just food for those gentle giants. Here’s the rundown on bamboo as a sustainable option:

The Good:

  • Growing bamboo helps reduce soil erosion
  • It requires no fertilizers or pesticides
  • It rarely needs to be replanted
  • It grows really fast, thus increasing how often it can be harvested
  • It requires little to no irrigation
  • When produced into a linen-type material, you’re good to go

The Bad:

  • When produced into a rayon-type material, the chemical process IS NOT sustainable or eco-friendly

The main issue with bamboo is not the growing stage, it is the processing stage. While using chemicals is a small part of the fabric making process – when producing on a large scale the amount of chemicals that are used has to be taken into account. Not only the health of the workers being exposed to the chemicals but also the risk of those chemicals being improperly disposed of and ending up in waterways.

The growing process of bamboo fabric sounds promising, and as technologies advance, it could end up to be the most eco-friendly fabric alternative out there.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we address the question, can recycled plastic really be made into wearable fabric?

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