Bamboo is a renewable resource. It’s the fastest regenerating plant in the world, growing as quickly as 47.6 inches in a 24-hour period.
Bamboo can be selectively harvested every year after 7 years - this compares to 30 to 50 years for trees. It also regenerates without needing to be replanted. This means bamboo has a much higher increase in biomass than trees, for example – 10-30% versus 2-5%, which means that bamboo can yield 20 times more timber than trees over the same area.
The term ‘bamboo’ includes over 1000 species of woody, perennial grasses which grow in locations all over the planet and are native to every continent except Europe and the poles. China has an abundance of bamboo, with over 400 species. For 3000 years, the Chinese have been making bamboo products. The bamboo species used for these is a different one to that eaten by the endangered giant panda.
Bamboo tolerates extremes of drought and drowning, produces 40% more oxygen than a hardwood forest on the same amount of land and plays an important role by maintaining the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Because of its wide spread root system and large canopy, bamboo greatly reduces rain run off, which helps to prevent soil erosion.
Bamboo is also “naturally organic”. Bamboo grows like a weed (anyone with bamboo in their yard can confirm this fact!) and doesn’t require pesticides, fertilizers or irrigation to help it on its way. This gives it a big eco advantage over cotton, which requires the intensive use of pesticides & irrigation.
Bamboo helps mitigate water pollution because of its high nitrogen consumption. For this reason, bamboo is a great solution for the uptake of waste water from manufacturing, livestock farming and sewage treatment.
Bamboo is one of the strongest building materials on earth. There are over 1,000 different kinds of bamboo and some are stronger than steel. In certain parts of the world where bamboo grows on every corner, it’s used as a substitute for steel when building homes, boats and even bridges. However, the fabric made from bamboo is as soft as cashmere – and unlike cashmere, no goats are harmed in the process.
About Bamboo Fabric
It’s extraordinarily soft and comfortable – Bamboo textiles are very smooth with a natural sheen and feel more like silk textiles or cashmere. Bamboo yarn is much finer than cotton yarn; we use the finest bamboo yarn which gives our products a super light and ultra soft feel. Our bamboo fabric is 300 thread count construction (this is equal to about a 1000 thread count fine cotton sheet because bamboo yarn is so much finer than cotton yarn)
It is super breathable – Bamboo fabric can adjust to your body temperature. It has millions of micro gaps in the fibre, making it thermo regulating. Those millions of micro gaps make bamboo sheets much more breathable than any fine cotton sheet, meaning you stay cooler and more comfortable in summer. In winter, bamboo fabric will warm you up quickly but at the same time allowing more air between the fabric and your skin, preventing overheating.
It is hypo-allergenic & naturally antibacterial – Bamboo fibres are favoured by many of those who suffer from allergies or have problems with dust mites. When cotton sheets heat up they retain much more moisture than bamboo sheets which creates the perfect environment for bacteria. Tests have shown bed mites can form on cotton sheets just hours after lying on them, but bamboo will KILL bed mites like nothing else can.This leaves your sheets feeling fresh and odor free for much longer than any cotton sheets. Most people find they only need to wash their bamboo sheets half as much as cotton sheets – less work for you and better for the planet as well!
It is also the vegan/animal friendly choice for luxury - unlike silk or cashmere. This means you can sleep peacefully knowing no animals were harmed while you enjoy your comfy bamboo sheets or wear your stylish bamboo clothing.
Why Ettitude? Bamboo Organic Certification
All of ettitude’s clothing and baby products are made from pure bamboo. The quality of our fabrics is certified by OCIA, USDA, FSC and Okeo Tex 100 standard. Read more about Ettitude’s Bamboo Organic certification.