Sustainable Clothing: The Versatile Bamboo
by Lavos India on Mar 22, 2019
Why switch to Organic Clothing?
The world, being saturated with ailments, pollution and various other degradation factors is now re-evaluating its food and lifestyle choices which seem to have formed the major reason for such sufferings. From organic farming to natural alternative product switches, people are increasingly becoming aware of their everyday choices. Organic clothing seems to have been in use since time immemorial but with the advent of modernization and advancement in technology in every field including fashion, it took a backseat. The situation now seems to have brought organic clothing back in trend for all good reasons, for the consumer and the environment.
Fast Fashion: Get out of the loop
Fast fashion is an approach to creating and marketing clothing fashions that keep up with the current fashion trends and are cheaply available to consumers. To maintain the price point and faster turnaround time, a lot of environmental concerns are overseen in sourcing, producing and delivering the same. Synthetic fibres and dyes involve a lot of harsh chemicals in the manufacturing process that are harmful to the environment and the user. These are not mindfully taken into account as the effect isn’t an immediate one. Also, the pathetic fact is that most of these clothes find their way to the landfill in less than a year adding to the environmental burden.
The only way to break the chain and get out of the loop is by slowing down the process, reinventing our good old ways and switch to sustainable clothing options that are long lasting and cause less burden on the environment and supply chain. Its time people realise that quick fixes are more harm than good in the long term.
Sustainable Clothing: The Versatile Bamboo
There are many sustainable clothing options that are being given back their due attention today, like organic cotton, hemp and bamboo. Bamboo seems to be one of the most sustainable among them because as a grass it grows easily and quickly, known as the fastest growing plant in the world without the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Bamboo can be selectively harvested without the need for replanting as it is also capable of regeneration. Apart from the sustainability angle, which is more of an environmental concern, as a fabric - bamboo is highly desirable to the consumer, due to the following unique features of the fabric:
• The Breathable fabric: The cross section of the bamboo fabric is filled with various micro gaps and micro holes which provides better ventilation. This gives way for the skin to breathe, which is an important factor when it comes to choosing a clothing fabric. The fabric’s unique thermal regulating properties help it to self-regulate according to the environment thus keeping one warm in summers and cool in winters.
• The Shielding fabric: One of the outstanding qualities of bamboo fabric is its ability to shield from harmful ultraviolet radiations. It protects the user from the harsh UV rays and prevents hazardous effects of the sun on the skin, which is an increasing concern today making it a go-to choice for a day out on the beach or exercise.
• The Caring fabric: Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton with a delicate texture that resembles a combination of cashmere and silk that is luxurious to touch. It has a fine thinness degree and easiness to straighten which makes it comfortable to the skin and drapeable, caressing it the way it should be. It’s anti-static, organic and non-irritating smooth fabric makes it ideal even for ones with sensitive, irritable or allergy prone skin.
• The Moisture Retentive fabric: Moisture absorption capacity is twice that of cotton with exceptional soil release. It has excellent wicking properties that makes it capable of absorbing and evaporating sweat and moisture, keeping the skin dry and non-sticky. The natural antibacterial quality of bamboo is also retained by the fabric thus keeping bacteria away from the same providing added protection contributing to natural deodorizing properties keeping the user odour free.
• The Strong fabric: Bamboo fabric has a build that is stronger and highly durable with better tenacity and stability compared to other fabrics. Its elasticity is noteworthy with better wrinkle resistance than cotton.
Due to the above features that makes bamboo fabric stand apart from others that will be preferred by the consumer and the very sustainable nature of bamboo, bamboo fabric will soon become a consumer and society’s favourite respectively!