Quite simply bamboo textiles are good for our skin (accepted by Allergy UK but we cannot afford the fee ) and good for the planet too.
The technical bit...
Itís not that technical really, it just makes sense when you know the facts! No wonder bamboo textiles and fabric is becoming recognised as the wonder fibre of this century.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet with some species growing at a rate of 3 feet per day. It requires no chemicals or assistance to grow, in fact it's a weed!
So, getting back to the point, sometime around the turn of the millennium, some clever people in China sat down together and decided to try turning bamboo into a fibre. Cotton, they presumed, might have had had its day. Cotton requires vast amounts of pesticide, fertiliser, irrigated water and sweated labour, even the organic stuff is water intensive. It uses around 20% of the worldís insecticides and 10% of the pesticides. It takes roughly one-third of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one T-shirt. Not so with bamboo. It simply made sense. And lucky for us, in 2002 they succeeded in making a viable yarn out of bamboo fibre using a similar process to Rayon so our fabrics are partly made from a viscose fibre made from bamboo.
This is almost as much of an evolutionary and ecological leap forward as harnessing solar power, or wind power. Cotton is lightweight, breathable, cheap, takes dyes well, dries quickly Ė you name it, how could anything else be better than cotton? Well, bamboo viscose fabric is better than cotton. Yes, bamboo beats cotton on every count. Bamboo is more breathable than cotton, itís more absorbent than cotton but it dries almost as quickly, itís naturally ..........( tested up to 50 washes on several pathogens including MRSA) especially when combined with a small percentage of cotton or polyester* itís softer to the touch yet it is as durable as cotton, and growing bamboo is much more ecologically sustainable than cotton. Itís wonderful and we love it. We hope you do too.
*We have had our fabrics which our products are made from tested by the University of Central Lancashire School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences in their laboratories, but because according to Trading Standards Dept Camden Council say had "carrying out studies in a laboratory setting where everything is staged is not a close enough replication to the real world for you to make the claims" we have had to remove the word anti-bacterial from our website
Tests carried out by the University of Central Lancashire, School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences
2012 Study: The results from this study suggest that our pyjama fabric will prevent the growth of Streptococcus G. and a significant retardation of growth of E. coli . 2009 Study : Overall the results would suggest that 30% Cotton + 70% bamboo that had been washed 50 times appear to be able to reduce the growth of MRSA. Similar to MRSA, it can be seen that Bamboo, when combined with either Polyester or Cotton, had an inhibitory effect on the growth of C.difficile.