Sustainable or Hype?
The sustainability of bamboo fabric depends on how it is produced. Bamboo cloth can be made using rayon or viscose technology but requires a large amount of energy during production.
what is bamboo fabric?
The bamboo plant provides the main material: bamboo fibers which are harvested to make fabrics. Bamboo fabric is usually soft, cozy, and absorbent. It can be used to make an abundance of textiles including shirts, bedsheets, socks, towels, and reusable diapers.
HOW IS BAMBOO FABRIC MADE?
Bamboo material is made from the pulp of the bamboo plant. The stalks are crushed, and the cellulose is separated from the fiber. The cellulose is then turned into thread and woven into fabric.
TYPES OF BAMBOO FABRIC
- conventional viscose bamboo rayon - lyocell process bamboo rayon - bamboo linen
- antimicrobial - renewable - durable - breathable - elastic
PROS TO BAMBOO FABRIC
CONS TO BAMBOO FABRIC
- scratchy against sensitive skin - shrinks with high temperatures - pricier than cotton or silks - not recommended for cooler climates - can be manufactured with harsh chemicals
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