Bamboo Fabric – the Environmental EDGE
We have had some questions and doubts recently about whether bamboo fabric can be classed as “truly environmentally friendly”. Well, to answer those questions, here at Silkyboo we thought we would compile a blog of our evidence and thoughts on the matter.
It is true that bamboo fabric production uses a chemical process to turn the cellulosic fibres into fabric – but this is true of many fabrics including organic cotton. The factory that produces our bamboo also uses what is called a closed loop spinning process, which has minimal impact on the environment and economical use of energy and water. The solvent used is continually recycled during production, so that plant emissions are lower and this solvent is reused rather than being disposed of. Bamboo products can also be recycled, incinerated or digested in sewage – the fibre will degrade in just 8 days.
We want to be honest here at Silkyboo, the truth is 99% of products we consume, even so called eco-friendly ones have some negative environmental impact. Being aware of this, we have to make a choice for the product that is less hazardous to the environment – and that choice is definitely bamboo over cotton.
We all know how great bamboo is to grow, but do we all know how bad cotten is to grow? Cotton uses approximately 25% of the world’s insecticides; seven out of ten of these are among the most toxic chemicals on earth. It takes a third of a pound of chemical fertilizers to produce just one pound of cotton, thats just one t-shirt. This exerts an enormous impact on the earth’s air, water and soil and affects the health of the people working in the industry in cotton growing regions.
On the other hand bamboo needs no fertilizers, pesticides or chemicals to grow because it is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It also has no harmful residues left on it, unlike that of the cultivation of cotton. In terms of carbon dioxide, bamboo consumes 45% more carbon than a similar size of tree. It is for these reasons that Silkyboo consider bamboo to be an environmental alternative to cotton and have the environmental edge.