Environmental Benefits of Bamboo Clothing
When we go shopping for new clothes, there are so many choices to make and one of them is what fibres we choose for our clothes. The fabrics need to be comfortable to wear and many of us look for quality materials that will last a long time too. Another thing to consider is the environmental pros and cons of different materials.
What types of fabrics are the most eco-friendly? There are many factors to consider for this and a few good options out there. Some materials are very eco-friendly but not suitable for some types of clothing which is another point to remember.
So many of our clothes are made from cotton but regular cotton is not a very eco-friendly material at all. Did you know that you need on average 8,000 litres of water to grow just 1 kilo of cotton? Cotton is also responsible for 11% or all pesticides and 25% of all insecticides used in the world. The soil used to grow cotton plants also becomes exhausted during cultivation which means artificial fertiliser is required to revive it ready for the next round of cotton plants.
Luckily, not all cotton is grown like this and organic cotton is a good choice. The production of organic cotton uses techniques and materials with a low environmental impact and organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or artificial fertiliser and is spun without the addition of chemicals, making it a much better choice.
Is Bamboo Better than Cotton?
Bamboo is a great alternative to cotton and needs nothing more than sunshine and rainwater to grow. Bamboo grows very quickly and after cutting, the plant continues to grow new shoots as the roots remain in the ground. About 10 times more bamboo can be produced per square metre compared to cotton plants. Bamboo is also carbon neutral – it is a plant that absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it releases during harvesting. Choosing sustainable bamboo clothing can be a good way to reduce our carbon footprints.
As always, it is best to do your research and choose brands that grow their fabrics without any harmful chemicals and that choose an eco-friendly fabric extract and production method.
Bamboo clothing also has many other benefits; it is breathable, wicks moisture away, regulated heat, is hypoallergenic and very soft too. It is also easy to care for as it does not require any ironing to stay crease-free. Bamigo makes bamboo socks and clothing that is great quality and has all the above benefits too.