The benefits and beauty of Bamboo
Bamboo is an extremely resilient and durable fiber. At the same time it can feel beautifully soft and pleasant to the touch. When compared in studies to cotton and polyester, it has been found to be stronger, have better moisture wicking properties and better moisture absorption than the more commonplace Western materials.
Bamboo fiber is an amazing sustainable material with a wide range of applications. This remarkable and versatile product offers a completely eco-friendly solution to many of our modern needs. Historically, bamboo has been used in Asia for the production of textiles, medicine and paper. It has also been incorporated in construction and transportation. Nowadays, thanks to contemporary manufacturing methods, bamboo pulp can be processed into fibers that are later used to create yarn and fabrics. Still not convinced that bamboo isn’t the next big thing? Here are some of the reasons why you may choose bamboo fabric over its conventional counterparts.
It is incredibly strong and soft
Bamboo fabrics feel stunningly soft and pleasing to touch, and they are extremely durable and resilient at the same time. Studies have shown that it is stronger and more absorbent than cotton, polyester and other common materials. Bamboo fabric offers unparalleled comfort with its silky and luxurious feel.
It is hypoallergenic
Bamboo fabrics will not irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions. Bamboo even has a chemical called bamboo kun in it that is known to help with allergies and other irritations. Bamboo is also antibacterial and antifungal. In this sense this material is similar to other natural products such as wool and hemp.
It is breathable and thermo-regulating
Bamboo has the ability to adapt to the body’s temperature, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The cross section of the fiber is covered with tiny gaps that give the material great absorption and ventilation properties. The material soaks the moisture instantly and dries very quickly, even after thorough cleaning and washing. Bamboo-made products are also anti-static and UV protective.
If you are conscientious about the environment, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Bamboo fibers are completely natural, clean and green. Since the plant possesses a bacteriostatic agent, it can virtually flourish without the use of any chemicals. Its production doesn’t involve any pesticides or fertilizers. Bamboo manufacturing leaves a very minimal carbon footprint. The plant is a 100% renewable and biodegradable resource. It is actually one of the fastest growing plants on the planet. Unlike other synthetic materials that will clog up the planet for years to come, this eco-friendly fabric will hardly leave a trace. Planting bamboo also benefits to the environment. It improves soil and air quality. This grass provides an abundance of oxygen, making it a crucial element in decreasing the levels of carbon emissions and cleaning the air.
It is easy to maintain
Bamboo fabrics are not only hypoallergenic and comfortable, they are also very sturdy. They won’t pill, no matter how many times you wash them or put them in the dryer. When it comes to regular cleaning, you should use the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Or even better, let it dry naturally. If you need to iron your bamboo textile, do so on low heat and never use the steamer.
All bamboo fiber produced for use in clothing and so on has to be Oeko-Tex 100 certified. Oeko-Tex is a global certification that allows consumers to easily identify textile products that pose no risk to human health.
Oeko-Tex 100 certified fiber has been found to contain no trace chemicals that pose any health threat whatsoever. It is common knowledge that the harmful chemicals can enter the body through skin contact and during the 1990s it was common practice for some manufacturers to use harmful substances when making clothing.
And so the globally recognized Oeko-Tex 100 Standard was introduced, giving consumers reassurance about their choice of textile products. Oeko-Tex® provides the standards and the tests necessary to screen textiles for substances that include:
preservative ingredients like pentachlorophenol and tetrachlorophenol
synthetic compounds and allergy-inducing dyestuffs.
The Oeko-Tex certification also tests for things like pH-value and colourfastness, which helps to safeguard consumers' health.
In order to be able to display the Oeko-Tex label on their products and marketing material, manufacturers have to comply with a range of tests across all stages of production - from raw materials to end products and all the processes in between. The certificate is renewable on a yearly basis but can be revoked if the manufacturer fails to comply with the Oeko-Tex standards.
Blue Iguana uses only OEKO-TEX 100 certified material. Our certificate is below.