Sure, we know it’s panda food but it’s also eaten by millions of people and is used in thousands of ways. It provides shelter for people worldwide and is a source of great employment. Lately, it’s become very popular in the interior design world in flooring and cabinetry but surprisingly, bamboo is also a fabulously luxurious fiber. Large companies and top fashion designers are now starting to incorporate bamboo into their lines.
Bamboo is a grass and is the fastest growing plant in the world. With over 1200 varieties, some bamboo can grow almost 4 feet per day! It is a fully sustainable crop that requires no replanting and no synthetic fertilizers to grow.
A bamboo grove will take in five times the volume of greenhouse gasses as an equivalent grove of timber trees and will release 35% more oxygen. Because of these reasons, bamboo is considered a remarkably eco-friendly and green material.
Amazingly, bamboo survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and provided the first regreening of Japan in 1945. It is the strongest plant on Earth and has a tensile strength of mild steel (with up to 52,000 pounds per square inch) and a weight-to-strength ratio that surpasses graphite.
When used in apparel, bamboo has a silky, buttery feel. It possess a property called “Bamboo Kun” that is naturally anti-microbial. It has thermal properties, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter. Remarkably absorbent, (4 times that of cotton) it wicks moisture from your body keeping you dry. It can be laundered like any other item of machine washable clothing.