BENEFITS OF BAMBOO
- Antimicrobial: stays odor free and fresh
- Highly breathable
- Eco-friendly fabric
- Absorbs 4x more moisture than cotton
- Soft on the skin and to the touch
- Provides excellent UV protection
Why are Bamboo Fabrics the Best for Sportswear?
Apparel made from bamboo offers superior quality compared to cotton and other traditional clothing. This is because bamboo fabric is luxuriously soft, lightweight, naturally UV protective, breathable, and moisture wicking. In addition, bamboo is significantly more durable than other fabrics and better withstands extreme environments, including both hot and cold climates. Ultimately, these properties make bamboo fabrics perfect for premium sportswear and apparel.
Why are Bamboo Fabrics Luxuriously Soft & Comfortable?
Clothing that feels rough and coarse is typically made from cotton fabrics that have short and jagged fibers. On the other hand, bamboo fibers are long, smooth and rounded. These characteristics play a major role in the softness of bamboo fabrics.
The softness of bamboo is frequently compared to that of silk, which is considered one of the most comfortable fabrics available. However, silk is very expensive and has a much more complex production process. Bamboo offers a softness and quality similar to silk at a much lower monetary and environmental cost.
How Does Bamboo Absorb and Wick Away Sweat More Effectively than Cotton?
Bamboo fibers absorb moisture up to 4x faster than cotton. Bamboo fibers can do this because of their construction and fabrication. Bamboo fibers are both hydrophobic and hydrophilic, which means that they attract water while simultaneously resisting it. Because of this, the cohesive force of water along these fibers makes the water molecules attract to each other along the strands. This pulls the moisture up and away from your skin. When the water gets to the surface, it can evaporate extremely fast, leaving your skin dry and feeling fresh. This evaporation occurs consistently, and it continuously pushes moisture towards the surface of each bamboo fiber.
Cotton and most other fabrics are not as good at wicking away sweat, so when they get wet or damp, they don’t dry for a long time. Bamboo fibers keep moisture away from the fabric so that it doesn't stick to the skin. The fact that bamboo fibers dry quickly, makes you feel cooler and more comfortable.
What Makes Bamboo Great at Regulating Body Temperature?
Bamboo fabrics are great for all seasons, making it an ideal choice for year-round use. This is because bamboo fibers have smooth micro-gaps that make the fabric highly breathable. While this may seem confusing, breathability is the key to bamboo’s success at regulating body temperatures.
The micro-gaps within bamboo fiber creates air flow that allows the temperature on one side of the fabric to adjust to the temperature on the other. Simply put, bamboo clothing regulates your body temperature against the outside air that surrounds you. This means you will be warm when its cold and cool when it’s hot.
Why is Bamboo More Eco-Friendly than Other Fabrics?
Bamboo is an environmentally sustainable powerhouse because it is one of the world's fastest growing plants (up to 1 meter per day!). It also requires no replanting after harvesting. Stands of Bamboo provide 35% more oxygen and take in 5x the volume of carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases) than the same size stand of timber.
In addition, bamboo requires no pesticides, herbicides or added irrigation. In other words, bamboo is grown with little to no chemicals and less water than other plants used for fabrics. For example, cotton cultivation amounts to 25% of all pesticides applied to US crops, needs more chemicals than any other crop, and requires extensive water irrigation.