Bamboo- is it organic or is it not? What about my bamboo t shirt or my bamboo clothing? Are bamboo clothes really organic or not? From bamboo t shirts to bamboo polo shirts and bamboo baby garments, have become part of many families' daily attire. So, we are back to the earlier question. How much of my bamboo clothes, bamboo bath towels and your bamboo t shirts are really organic and fit for green living?
Environmental groups, ecologists and consumers often get engaged in heated discussions as to whether bamboo fabric is green and organic or is it not. Regardless of which side of the argument they are, most every one agrees on this point that bamboo is one of the most sustainable species of grass (yes, it’s not a tree) that grows abundantly in many parts of the world. Amazingly, it can grow one to three feet in height in a matter of few days. It doesn’t require irrigation water or fertilizers of any kind like other crops & plants and naturally protects the soil from degradation with its roots system. These properties make it one of the best re-new able sources of wood pulp used in manufacturing of fabrics, paper and other products.
While bamboo clothing has started making headlines in the recent years, bamboo has been around for thousands of years being used extensively for hundreds of things in China and other Asian countries. However, it has only recently been introduced to the West in the form of flooring material and as a wearable fabric. Due to the patented manufacturing technology, we will never know the exact process, however, manufacturers claim, that the processed bamboo retains most of its unique and remarkable properties as a fabric. Contrary to the claims of Chinese manufacturers, experts at the US Customs and other government agencies believe that some chemicals are in fact used when converting bamboo pulp into the cellulose fiber that is used to manufacture bamboo yarn. US Customs, therefore, designate bamboo as "man-made fiber", not natural fiber.
At Ecofabrik, we stay neutral on the issue and do not take any positions. We explain the FTC’s and US Custom’s official position to our customer by posting this information prominently here on this page of our website and leave it up to the consumers to decide whether they want a bamboo t-shirt, a hemp t-shirt or an organic cotton t shirt instead. Customers have always liked this approach and despite the controversy, many still choose to buy bamboo t shirts and bamboo golf shirts and other bamboo fabric items. If you prefer a t-shirt made of organic cotton or hemp, we carry that as well.
That controversy aside, bamboo clothing has remarkable properties that contribute towards the planet earth's ecological needs. As a wearable fabric, the same above average water absorbency property that makes bamboo fastest growing plant lends itself to bamboo fabric's cooling quality. Bamboo Shirts wick away moisture in fabric form and keep the wearer comfortable & dry even in the most humid climates. Bamboo Clothing is 3 to 4 times more absorbent than synthetic fabric or cotton clothing and helps lift up the moisture from the body which then evaporates keeping you naturally drier and more comfortable. Bamboo clothes and shirts of bamboo are remarkably soft and breathable. In hot & humid weather, bamboo tee shirt is naturally cool to the touch and gives a refreshing feeling to the wearer. With its unparalleled micro-structure of the bamboo fiber, bamboo clothing helps absorb and evaporate human perspiration more efficiently than most other fabrics, synthetic or non-synthetic for that matter.
We want to let our customers know that many people find it interesting that their bamboo t-shirts and bamboo polo shirts will not stick to the skin when they are playing golf, working in the backyard or inside the house on a hot summer day. Bamboo socks are also very popular among athletes, hikers, golfers and also liked by those who do not take part in any sports activities. People like bamboo viscose and rayon fabric for personal preferences and as such we do not make any broad based claims as to why bamboo products are gaining popularity. All we can say is that try one product and if you like it, then try another one. We have heard from customers that bamboo night shirt and bamboo t-shirts, bamboo tank tops give them a funny feeling as if they were not wearing any thing. Some people love this feeling, others find it funny but uncomfortable. Go figure!
Amazingly, the same structural property that keeps bamboo viscose cool in hot weather, lends itself to making the bamboo clothing warm in the cold weather. Another set of great products made of this amazing fabric is bamboo bath towels, bamboo golf towels and bamboo sport towels. Some of our customers have told us that they have become addicted to their bamboo towels to the point that they will never go back to the ordinary cotton towels. If you really want to pamper yourself, try the bamboo bath towels and you will see for yourself what kind of addiction our customers are talking about. Here again, Ecofabrik’s position is that we must not deprive ourselves from experiencing this amazingly soft fabric while the controversy continues…