Fabric made from bamboo is incredibly soft, smooth and luxuriously comfortable.
The unique properties of bamboo clothing make it perfect for an incredibly wide range of activities, from expeditioning, to skiing, to the gym, and the couch!
- How is it made?
- Moisture Wicking
- UV Protection
- Super Soft
- Washing Instructions
- Environmental Benefits
HOW IS IT MADE?!
We source our bamboo yarn from China, Pakistan and India.
To turn bamboo into fabric it is first harvested, then the leaves and inner pith are crushed mechanically.
The pieces are soaked in a solution for a few hours to turn them into cellulose which is one of the basic building blocks of plant life.
The cellulose is then dried, pressed, crushed and left out for evaporation to remove some of the residue.
The remainder is added again to a solution and forced through a spinnerette, like a shower head or nozzle.
On the other side it is rapidly cured to form a material similar to cotton wool that can be woven into a fabric.
The bamboo fibre is then mixed with a small percentage of certified organic cotton. It is essential to add cotton for durability.
The finished yarn is knitted, dyed, cut and sewn in Toronto.
Bamboo fabric absorbs moisture away from your skin, keeping you drier compared to cotton.
When sweating, this feature is important to stay dry, and hence warm. Activities you can do include yoga, jogging, running, moving your friends, any gym activity, camping, hiking and so much more!
Thermo-control - bamboo fabric is warm, thanks to its hollow microfibre (like wool), yet is also breathable. A cross-section of bamboo fiber reveals various micro-holes, allowing bamboo cloth to have superior absorption. This allows bamboo cloth to absorb and evaporate human sweat rapidly. Bamboo fiber is four times more absorbent than cotton.
This ensuring that you are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Bamboo's excellent wicking properties also make it ideal for the warmer days like what we had this past summer!
Bamboo fabric contains a naturally occurring anti-microbial agent, kun, that prevents bacteria from cultivating on it, which means it helps keep you odor free.
It doesn't get smelly even after several days, unlike synthetic fabrics :)
I personally have tested my bamboo shirts (hot yoga, exercise, camping, canoeing etc) and personally guarantee you will feel the same way.
After wearing one particular shirt for 4 days straight (in the city, canoeing, sleeping, sweating, walking) the only odor was the camp fire smoke. I was amazed at the results!
I don’t recommend not washing your garments J, but on outdoor trips this feature comes in handy. Besides, the garment won’t have a permanent smell to it afterwards.
Bamboo fabric sits very well next to your skin, not clinging to it. We live in a dry climate year round as you all know. This feature makes you clothing more enjoyable to wear against the skin.
Breathable - the porous qualities of bamboo fiber account for its breathability; clothing made of bamboo resists clinging during hot weather or exercise.
UPF 40 - it cuts out 97.5% of harmful UV rays, so perfect for holiday/travelling cover-ups. Alberta’s sunny days amount to OVER 300 per year and let’s face it – we don’t all wear sunscreen every day!
In fact most of our population lives at a higher than sea level elevation which means thinner air, which equates to UVA and UVB rays being stronger.
For sensitive or allergy prone skin, bamboo is perfect. It's also anti-fungal. Many people say it's their only solution for sensitive skin. Bamboo’s organic and naturally smooth fiber properties are non-irritating to the skin, making it ideal for people with skin sensitivities or other allergies and dermatitis. Some people can still experience chemical sensitivities, however, depending on the manufacturing process used to produce the fiber.
Bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool, as well as all the other extra qualities. Bamboo apparel is softer than the softest cotton, and it has a natural sheen like silk or cashmere. Bamboo drapes like silk or satin, yet is less expensive and more durable. Bamboo/Organic cotton blends are also extremely soft but heavier in weight.
How the heck do I wash it?
Wash bamboo like you normally would! Seriously!
Some tips are
- Liquid detergent is easier on garments compared to powdered detergent.
- Cold wash vs warm/hot water please!
- Washing on delicate cycle will increase the life of the garment.
- When drying, it’s best to hang or dry flat on a rack.
All these tips will avoid pilling as long as possible, protect the decorating (silkscreen and CAD cut Vinyl) and the fabrics of the garment for a longer & healthier life.
Environmental benefits of bamboo
- Cleans the air. Bamboo gives us clean air to breathe, consumes carbon dioxide and, because bamboo forests are so dense, returns 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees. Some bamboo sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare.
- Requires less energy, water to grow. It takes much less energy to grow and sustain bamboo than other similar trees and plants used for fiber production. Bamboo plantations require very little maintenance. Bamboo also requires very little water and can survive drought conditions as well as flooding.
- Reclaims land. Because of its rapid growth and root structure, bamboo can, in a very short time, reclaim land destroyed by overgrazing and over-building and clean the soil of toxins.
- Can be grown without pesticides. Bamboo can be grown without pesticides or chemicals because of its own anti-bacterial agent.
- Can be harvested sustainably. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it a high yield renewable resource. It can be selectively harvested annually and is capable of complete regeneration without need to replant.
- 100% biodegradable. Unlike synthetic fibers which incorporate petroleum additives, bamboo clothing is safe for municipal disposal programs, whether by landfill or incineration.