(Part 1/4) Making an Epic Sweatshirt: Why Bamboo?

Why use bamboo fibre as an alternative to plastic derived fabrics such as polyester, acrylic, and nylon?

In short,

  • Does not require fertilizers and or pesticides.
  • Grows fast, like 75 feet in 45 days fast.
  • It is inherently moisture wicking and anti-bacterial.
  • It can be harvested numerous times with exhausting the soil.

More info,

No other plant is more versatile than the bamboo when it comes to uses. In ancient China it was used to create makeshift cannons to hurl sulfur bombs at the enemy during wars, it may not have been an accurate tool for that purpose but it made an impression during that time. Bamboo was also used to make paper during the Han Dynasty using a technique that was later stolen by the Turkish who spread it to other parts of Europe. Bamboo was also used as medicine to reduce phlegm, treat epilepsy, fever, and a host of other diseases that plagued people during that era.

Bamboo does not require fertilizers or pesticides for cultivation and it grows rapidly and profusely without depleting the soil. Bamboo has a lower environmental impact than pesticide-laden conventional cotton and petroleum-derived nylon and polyester fabrics. Bamboo is also a superior fabric in terms of softness and functionality. Bamboo is inherently moisture wicking and anti-bacterial. Bamboo is a fast growing, high yield, low input crop. It is the most sustainable of the natural fibres. The type of bamboo used for making fabric, commonly known as Maso, can reach a mature height of 75 feet in just 45 to 60 days. It needs no pesticides and, if there is sufficient rainfall, no additional irrigation is required. It regenerates naturally through an extensive root system that sends out an average of four to six new shoots per year. It can be harvested numerous times without any detriment to the soil in which it grows.