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Why Bamboo Viscose Fabric is THE Funcational Fabric?


Growing: As one of the fastest growing trends in the eco-fashion industry, viscose from bamboo fabric has captured the attention of green people from around the world. We know that bamboo is a woody grass which grows organically without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Very little water is required in the growing of bamboo. Bamboo also replenishes itself without replanting. Bamboo stalks are extracted into raw fiber, from which fabrics are manufactured. It has less impact on our environment compared with conventional cotton and other petroleum derived nylon, and synthetic fibers. Most of the bamboo available for commercial purposes is harvested in bamboo plantations. The organic certification of such plantations is an important step in ensuring the organic nature of the bamboo being used.

Chemicals: Synthetic fiber manufacturing involves heavy chemicals like nitrogen and sulfur oxides which pose a threat to human health. With bamboo, the stalk of bamboo is pulped and extracted into fiber. This is a patented process which is similar to that of viscose/rayon. Rayon and viscose are generic terms that are recognized by the Federal Trade Commission for fibers such as bamboo. There are two methods of producing bamboo fiber: mechanically and chemically. The mechanical way does not produce the same quality fiber and is not widely used at all. The main chemical used in the processing of bamboo fiber is sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). Caustic soda is in fact one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is also used in the production of organic cotton, and is approved under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Antibacterial naturally: if you are not yet familiar with bamboo fabric, this can be hard to fathom. Viscose from bamboo fiber is naturally antifungal and antibacterial due to an inherent property known as "bamboo kun". 100% viscose bamboo fiber exhibited a 99.8% kill rate after a 24 hour incubation period, according to a study done by the China Industrial Testing Center (CTITC) in July of 2003. In a similar study performed by the Japan Textile Inspection Association (JTIA), results showed that bamboo fabric has antibacterial efficacy greater than 70% after 50 industrial washings.

Odor and mildew-resistant: Viscose from bamboo fabric is mildew-resistant to help maintain a healthy home. No more wet towel smell in your bathroom when you use bamboo towels! Bamboo socks can help prevent athlete’s foot and alleviate certain foot discomfort due to diabetes. Bamboo fabric clothing is now used as athletic and active wear, thanks to its moisture-wicking ability to keep body fresh and dry.

Absorbent: Bamboo fabric can take up three times its weight in water. Its amazing moisture-wicking ability has made bamboo towels a natural choice for not only their luxurious softness, but also their absorbency.

Breathable: One cannot overlook the importance of bamboo fabric’s breathability. It is what makes it the ideal natural fiber for clothing. This is a subjective matter and hard to measure through clinical trials. But bamboo’s cellulose structure offers its fabric the comfort and breathability that no other fabric can rival.

Color-fast: Bamboo fabric can retain colors very well, if the right dyes are used. At Midori Linen, we use azo-free low impact dyes that are non-carcinogenic for all our products. Fading will not be a problem even with dark and light colors washed together, or after repeated washings.

UV protection: Bamboo fabric is said to have a UV protection value over 50. Even though the source of the study has not been confirmed, we will not be surprised that another wonderful benefit of bamboo fabric just surfaced with more available studies and resources!

Antistatic: One of the most annoying things about cold winter is static electricity. When it comes to your clothes, you may have noticed that your fleece jackets, polyester pants, and nylons are most prone to static cling. It is true that synthetic materials are more susceptible to static than natural fabrics like such as bamboo and cotton. Bamboo fabric, in particular, has the amazing property of being antistatic. Still in doubt? Next time try clothes made from bamboo in the wintertime and see it for yourself!

Drape: Viscose from bamboo fabric is found to have an excellent drape on the body. It hugs the skin in a perfect way. So matter your size and shape, you will likely find bamboo to be the fabric that compliments your body type better than others.

Environmental impact: Bamboo can be harvested annually and it helps slow down deforestation. Bamboo plays a critical role in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Some bamboo even sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare. The production of bamboo fabric and clothing has a less harmful impact on our environment than conventional cotton farming. With the popularity of bamboo fabric growing by leaps and bounds, it will lead to more photosynthesis and less green house gas effects.

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