The subject comes up regularly in the news: the fashion industry contributes greatly to global warming. Textiles represent the fifth source of greenhouse gas emissions, the third in terms of water and material consumption, and the second in terms of land use.
Reducing this impact is the responsibility of market players as well as consumers. They can adopt responsible consumption. Thus has emerged a tendency to prefer a quality product that better withstands the test of time. Copenhagen bamboo is part of this logic by offering clothes with innovative materials. The products are made from a double-sided bamboo fiber textile. If its production is not without effect for the environment, it has advantages that caught our attention.
The benefits of bamboo clothing
Bamboo is a wonderful material for clothing. Due to its hollow fiber, it has unusual breathing abilities. Bamboo fiber is filled with micro-gaps and micro-holes, which provide better moisture absorption and ventilation than other fibers.
Bamboo garments are comfortable, highly breathable, moisture wicking, quick drying and temperature regulating. The bamboo fabric is antistatic and does not stick to clothing. It is often described as having “the ultra-softness of cashmere and the shine (glitter) of silk”.
Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial thanks to a bio-agent the Japanese called “kun”, which resists the growth of bacteria on the fiber. This property is normally passed on to the finished product, which also allows it to resist the growth of odor-causing bacteria, even after many washes.
It is therefore not necessary to resort to anti-microbial chemical treatment, which is known to cause allergic reactions and which is not environmentally friendly. It also means that the garment will need to be washed less often, which saves energy and makes the garments last longer.
- Thermal regulation
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fabric that makes you feel cool in hot weather and warm in cool weather? It’s a paradox, isn’t it? That’s what bamboo does.
- Superior absorbency
Bamboo fiber is very absorbent, much more than cotton and it dries faster. In hot and humid weather, bamboo clothing does not stick to the skin. They keep you drier, cooler and more comfortable.
Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic, which means it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction in sensitive people.
- Wrinkle resistant
Bamboo garments are naturally more wrinkle-resistant than cotton. Although it is necessary to iron them after washing, bamboo fabrics can be ironed at a lower temperature than cotton. Shrinkage during washing and drying should be minimal in warm temperatures.
One technique to reduce or virtually eliminate wrinkling, which could also be applied to cotton and other fabrics, is to put clothes in the dryer for just two to five minutes to get the heat-induced wrinkles out. washing machine spin. Then, and this is key, immediately take them out of the dryer and hang them up to dry.
Bamboo accepts organic and natural dyes faster and more completely, with less dye usage, than cotton, modal or viscose. The colors are much more vivid. Bamboo fabrics do not need to be mercerized to improve their luster and dyeability, as cotton does.
- Easy to maintain and energy efficient
Bamboo garments are machine washable in cold water. It is not necessary or recommended to use non-environmentally friendly and unhealthy fabric softeners.
In theory, bamboo clothes are one of the most sustainable options for an eco-friendly wardrobe. However, many companies exaggerate the sustainability of their products to attract conscientious customers.