Bamboo As A Fabric

By | May 28, 2009

Bamboo - Sustainable ResouceBamboo is an excellent natural sustainable resource used for many different uses including food, building materials, and even some medicinal applications. One of my favorites is to use it as a fabric.

Bamboo fabric is made from the pulp of the bamboo grass, and is remarkably strong & resilient, yet amazingly soft & silky.

Bamboo fabric has many benefits to the one wearing it, including the following:

  • You Stay Dryer – Bamboo fabric has the unique ability of wicking. It will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate and in turn keeping you dry. Bamboo fabric is 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton.
  • You Stay Cooler – Bamboo fabric has a natural breathablity keeping you around 2 degrees cooler in hot weather.
  • You Stay Fresher – Bamboo fabric is antibacterial & antifungal, keeping you fresh and odor-free for longer than cotton. But how can a fabric be antibacterial? Scientists found that bamboo owns a unique anti-bacteria and bacteriostasis bio-agent named “bamboo kun”. This substance bonds tightly with bamboo cellulose molecules during the normal process of bamboo fiber growth. This natural feature is retained in fabric form. Tests have shown that there is over 70% death rate after bacteria was incubated on bamboo fiber fabric. In addition, tests by the Japanese Textile Inspection Association found that, even after fifty washings, bamboo fabric still possessed these functions.

Bamboo fabric in addition has many benefits as a textile in general, including the following:

  • Softness – Bamboo fabric is extremely soft making it very comfortable to wear directly next to the skin.
  • Durability – Repeated tests have show its strength, and also that bamboo fiber has a high abrasion-proof capacity and also tenacity.
  • Sensitivity – Bamboo fibers are very smooth & round causing very little irritation.

Bamboo fabric also has many benefits for the environment, including the following:

  • Sustainability – Bamboo is sustainable, as it is the fastest growing plant in the world.
  • Biodegradable – Bamboo fiber is 100% biodegradable.
  • Natural – Bamboo thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilizers.

Because of all these reasons Bamboo is growing in popularity at a rapid rate.

Live Green by wearing Green…look for clothing made from bamboo fabrics.

3 thoughts on “Bamboo As A Fabric

  1. Slipcovered

    Good point on bamboo fabrics. Bamboo is also being used in furniture fabrics. It has the same qualities listed above and provides another way to live green. It’s especially usable on slipcovered furniture because it can be removed and cleaned and becomes part of a green furniture strategy. If you have slipcovered furniture, then you only have to replace a slipcover and can keep the frame…reducing landfill waste and saving trees.

  2. Katie

    Bamboo is definitely a good fabric it great for going green! Another product that is awesome (for organic clothing at least) is 100% certified organic cotton which a clothing company called INDIE PEACE does use. They’re new on the market and an up and coming fashion company! Check them out to go greener with your clothing @

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