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What’s great about bamboo?

Bamboo is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family Poaceae. There are over 1000 varieties of bamboo grass. There are some bamboos that flower every year but most flower in long intervals of up to 60 to 120 years. The bamboo used for fabric is not the same species that is consumed by Panda bears for food. Bamboo does not require pesticides, herbicides or irrigation to grow, rather it typically thrives in its natural environment. Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial and anti-fungal in its raw state. Bamboo is also among the most abundant plant resources on earth. Bamboo makes ecological sense. It is one of nature's most sustainable resources. Bamboo is not a wood and as a grass, it continuously sends up new shoots after harvesting without the need for replanting. Growing at a fast rate it can be harvested every 4-5 years, as opposed to 25-70 years for commercial tree species.

Bamboo is good for the environment. Bamboo removes CO2 from the atmosphere and produces over 30% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. By growing and using more bamboo, perhaps we can help combat global warming. Bamboo also offers an opportunity to stop the destruction of forests, as it can be selectively harvested without destroying the grove or stand. Additionally, bamboo's ability to rapidly soak up excess nutrients contained in wastewater has captured the attention of environmental and manufacturing engineers as an environmentally safe and reliable way to deal with waste issues. Bamboo stabilizes the earth. Bamboo's root system helps to prevent soil erosion and improves the soil by removing excess nitrogen. It also retains an abundance of water, helping to reduce runoff, protect riverbanks and reduce water pollution (due to its high nitrogen consumption).

Bamboo, as previously stated, is an extremely fast growing plant. It has been measured surging upward as fast as 100 cm (39 inches) in a 24 hour period and can also reach maximal growth rate exceeding one metre per hour for short periods of time. Unlike trees, all bamboo has the potential to grow to full height and girth in a single growing season of 3 to 4 months. Bamboo grows successfully without fertilizers and pesticides. The bamboo plant and the products it is made into are biodegradable. It is harvested without the use of energy guzzling tractors. The root system stays intact & the bamboo re-grows, also helping soil stability. Bamboo also grows on hill slopes where nothing else is viable. The yield from an acre of bamboo is far greater than the yield from cotton.

Bamboo is soft - that's just the way it is, naturally. Bamboo fabric and towelling is incredibly soft. Bamboo is smooth and comfortable - at a microscopic level, bamboo fibre has a rounded surface. Because of this, it’s very smooth and sits perfectly next to the skin. Petrol based synthetic fibres can sometimes irritate the skin. Bamboo is perfect for sensitive or allergy prone skin. Bamboo Dry - in fabric form bamboo wicks away moisture keeping you comfortable and dry. It is more absorbent than cotton. It 'wicks' away moisture from the body which then evaporates, keeping you naturally drier and more comfortable. Thermo control - bamboo is remarkably breathable. In the heat, bamboo is naturally cool to the touch and this property is maintained in its fabric form. The cross-section of the bamboo fibre is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes. It has much better moisture absorption and ventilation. It's also very warm in cold weather, because of the same structure; as a base layer, warm air gets trapped next to the skin Bamboo cloth is strong and durable - repeated tests show that bamboo fibre has a high abrasion-proof capacity and also tenacity.

All the above information was sourced for your interest and was taken from a myriad of resources. We, therefore, would like you to do your own research and draw your own conclusions. We could not find documented, scientific reports regarding anti bacterial properties other than the excerpt below but from personal experience and use of bamboo products one can certainly leave their wet, bamboo bath towels hanging in the steamy bathroom a lot longer than the cotton variety!

“Back in 2003 the China Industrial Testing Center (CTITC) completed a quantitative antibacterial capability test on a piece of 100% bamboo fabric. They placed a bacterial strain type staphylococcus aureous on the fabric. After a period of 24 hours had elapsed, the live bacteria were counted. The results showed that the bamboo fabric exhibited a 99.8% antibacterial kill rate.”

“Another study was done by the Japan Textile Inspection Association (JTIA). A quantitative test, method JISL 1902 was performed using 100% bamboo fabric. The bamboo fabric samples were washed industrially 50 times. The bamboo fabric samples were then laden with bacterial strain type staphylococcus IID 1677. After a 24 hour incubation period they did a count on the live bacteria remaining on the bamboo fabric samples. Their results showed that the samples retained a greater than 70% antibacterial efficiency rate after 50 industrial washings.”

*These results were obtained from Shanghai Tenbro Bamboo Textile Ltd.