When you heard the word bamboo, you probably associate it with furniture, mats, home décor items and different types of art. However, products made from bamboo is also becoming a trend in the fashion industry as many clothing designers are using bamboo fabric instead of cotton.
While bamboo clothing and textiles have been overlooked for years, it is starting to gain popularity among those looking for something more unique. For designers, bamboo fabric is versatile and easy to use material that allows them to create almost any type of garment. Plus, it takes dye colours pretty well and is extremely soft. In fact, it is softer than cotton and is often compared to cashmere.
Products made from bamboo offer many benefits being the main ones:
- They are antibacterial – Bamboo fabric has natural properties, which are not diminished when washed.
- They are eco-friendly – Bamboo requires less water and energy to harvest, it regrows fast, and it does not require pesticides, making them much less of an impact on the environment than other materials used for textiles.
- It’s hypoallergenic – Bamboo fabric doesn’t cause any allergic reaction on the skin. The bamboo fiber is naturally soft, making it less likely to irritate people’s skin.
- They absorb water well – Due to its natural absorbent properties, bamboo fabric can help to repel water. This makes the material ideal for outdoor clothing which will help you stay dry and cool during the summer. Those who are physically active or exercise regularly can highly benefit from wearing clothes made from bamboo fabric as they will not have to worry about embarrassing body odor and damp clothing sticking to their skin while they exercise.
- UV resistant – Bamboo clothes can provide protection against the sun’s damaging rays to those who enjoy spending time outdoors. According to an Australian study, bamboo fabric is 60% more effective than cotton at protecting a person from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
- Insulator – Clothes made from bamboo fabrics can help keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In a study where the thermal properties of bamboo versus cotton were evaluated, shows that regardless of the percentage of bamboo fiber find in a fabric, it has better abilities to lower heat transmission and heat resistance.
It is important to mention that most bamboo found in apparel is, in fact, a chemically produced rayon or polyester made from bamboo. According to the Federal Trade Commission, for a product to be labeled as bamboo, it must contain bamboo fiber, which is bamboo processed mechanically. Keep that in mind when purchasing your products made from bamboo.