Bamboo Textiles Australia
Bamboo is a very suitable fibre for many items of clothing. It has good strength, washability, colourfastness, durability and is very comfortable against the skin. It can also claim the following:
* Naturally bacteria inhibiting
* Extremely absorbent yet breathable
* Thermo-regulating – warm in winter, cool in summer
* Environmentally friendly – Grown and manufactured without the use of harsh chemicals, serious pollutants or land degradation.
Our bamboo fibres are regenerated cellulose fibres using mature bamboo timber. The technology to produce it has been around for nearly 100 years but it has only been used with bamboo in Japan and China since the turn of the century.
Bamboo Textiles developed and marketed our Extra Thick Socks in 2006 which proved to be very successful and has given bamboo a very high quality reputation in the textiles market. The extended range of our products has followed from there.
In China, as elsewhere in the world where bamboo is cultivated, it forms a very
dense root mat. Bamboo does not have a tap root like trees but has a root mass like other grasses. It is also partly deciduous with a lot of leaf and culm sheath drop and subsequent rejuvenation. Therefore the forest floor is constantly covered with a thick cover of leaf mulch which, in turn, breaks down and naturally composts the soil. During heavy rain, any run off water is quite clear and clean, even on steep mountainsides, bearing testament to an almost complete lack of erosion. Many of the forests have been there for hundreds of years without any need to replant them as they naturally constantly regenerate themselves with new shoots every year, even with regular harvesting of mature timber.
Bamboo yarns and textiles are produced without the use of dangerous toxic chemicals and no polluting residues remain in the cloth when it finally wears out and is discarded. It comes from nature and is returned to nature in a smooth natural cycle. It has been grown and husbanded for thousands of years and can continue to be husbanded for many more thousand years without environmental degradation. This is what is meant by complete sustainability. Very few crops can make this claim.