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Why Bamboo Clothing?
How Is The Fabric For Bamboo Clothing Made?
Bamboo Clothing is a natural and gentle choice of fabric to place against the skin. Bamboo is grown in plantations and can grow up to a metre per day whilst being naturally resistant to bugs and fungi. Because bamboo is regenerative, it doesn’t require replanting after harvest, and its rapid growth absorbs the greenhouse gas Carbon Dioxide by up to five times more than an equivalent sized growth of trees!
Bamboo can be farmed without irrigation, fertilisers or pesticides making it a very environmentally wise crop to grow.
Once harvested, a crushing and steaming process extracts Bamboo Cellulose from the soft inner pith of the bamboo and its leaves. This Bamboo Cellulose is the raw material used to make the wonderfully soft Bamboo fabric. The fabric production process is similar to making rayon and under International Guidelines, products manufactured from Bamboo must be labelled ‘Rayon from Bamboo’.
Silkberry Baby’s fabrics are Oeko-Tex 100 Certified by Oeko-Tex, an independent, international organisation that tests for harmful substances or the residue of chemicals in textile products. The Oeko-Tex 100 certification means that the fabric contains no harmful levels of chemicals detrimental to human health.
Bamboo Fabric is not only soft against your baby’s skin, but soft on the environment too.
Why Choose Bamboo Clothing For Your Baby?
Safe, Healthy and Hypoallergenic Textiles
This natural fibre is hypoallergenic, meaning it has a decreased tendency to cause allergies. Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibres, such as wool or hemp, do not complain of this issue with bamboo. Bamboo is proving to be the perfect solution for allergy sufferers and ideal for sensitive new immune systems.
Superior Softness And Incredibly Lightweight, Durable Design
Bamboo Fabric is luxuriously soft, with what has been described as a feel similar to cashmere. Bamboo cloth fabric is a gorgeous indulgence with its wonderful silky softness. The fibre is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment and this means there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin, making it a great clothing choice for sufferers of eczema and the sensitive new skin of a baby.
Breathable For Excellent Body Temperature Regulation
Bamboo fabric has an unusual level of breathability, making it extremely cool and comfortable to wear. The cross-section of the bamboo fibre is filled with micro-gaps and micro-holes, meaning it has much better moisture absorption and ventilation. Bamboo fabric garments will make your baby feel cool and comfortable in hot conditions and because this fabric has insulating properties, it keeps bub cool in summer and warm in winter!
UV Protectant Material
Bamboo has achieved a score of 50 on the UPF Scale (UltraViolet Protection Scale). What this equates to is a 98% reduction in UV activity reaching your baby’s new skin when they wear bamboo clothing.
Antibacterial Properties With Mould And Mildew Resistance
Bamboo has many antibacterial qualities, which the fabric of bamboo is able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing, causing unpleasant odours. For this reason, it also makes this fabric ideal for cloth nappies, reducing the smells you usually get and that are associated with hemp use in nappies.
In various tests, the bamboo fibre has been found to be approximately 60% more water absorbent than cotton. In textile form, bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Highly absorbent, bamboo fabric is able to take up three times its weight in water, meaning it has an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from a baby’s skin so that it can evaporate. This explains why bamboo is the favoured choice of nappy makers and children’s wear manufacturers.
Multi-Functional, Natural & A Chemical-Free Alternative To Cotton
Bamboo rarely needs pesticides for growth. Compared to cotton, it is far more sustainable too. Cotton requires huge amounts of water and extensive use of pesticides that pollute the environment.
Eco-Friendly & Sustainable Practices Are Used In Its Development
The type of bamboo used to make bamboo fabric is the fast-growing bamboo – Moso , which can reach a mature height of 75 feet in just 45 to 60 days. This is NOT the bamboo that pandas eat! Bamboo absorbs more greenhouse gasses, releases more oxygen, doesn’t need replanting, or fertilisers and its roots are very good at stabilising erosion-prone soil.
Bamboo fibre is praised as “the natural, green and eco-friendly new-type textile material of the 21st century”.
When a bamboo baby garment finishes it’s useful life, it can be returned to the earth, as it is 100% biodegradable. As a natural cellulose fibre, bamboo fabric can be 100% biodegraded in soil by micro organisms and sunlight. The decomposition process does not pollute the environment.
“Bamboo fibre comes from nature and completely returns to nature in the end”.
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