Economic Value of Bamboo Fabric
With so much of the fashion industry depending upon cotton and other textiles that are costly to produce and can then be charged even more for, there has been a distinct lack in alternatives to luxurious fabrics for many people. But bamboo fabric is softer than cotton, on par with cashmere, anti-bacterial, insulating, and stronger than most other textiles. It is economically invaluable in a time when gas prices continually rise and everything is becoming more expensive.
Producing bamboo fabric is more economical than other textiles. It all begins with the growth process for the bamboo plants. The plants grow much faster than traditional cotton, some growing to full size in less than three months. Bamboo also grows in inhospitable environments for plants. It can grow near water in soil that has been the victim of soil erosion and in soil that is slowly dwindling into desertification. It can also thrive in areas that have very little rainfall.
When growing bamboo, there is substantially less water and pesticides needed to produce the plants than if the farmer were growing cotton. Bamboo, unlike cotton, has a natural bio-agent in it called bamboo kun. This bamboo kun is what keeps pests from attacking the bamboo, but also keeps pathogens from making the plants sick. Eventually, this bio-agent will also be what makes the bamboo fabric antibacterial.
After the bamboo plant is harvested, it is cut up into the bamboo pulp that is eventually made into the bamboo fabric. This process uses less water than any other textile production process, especially cotton. The soft fabric is then bleached without the use of chlorine or other expensive chemicals, and can then be colored. The dying process for bamboo is also more economical than other processes. It requires less water and harsh chemicals than the process for dying other textiles.
The products made from bamboo fabric are as economical as the process to make the fabric. Many products made from bamboo are more economical than their cotton counter parts simply because bamboo fabric offers more in a product than one made of cotton fabric. One of the most expensive cotton items are the high thread count cotton sheets. These are very expensive and very coveted because of the soft feel of the bedding. But bamboo bedding that is much less expensive than the high thread count cotton sheets are even softer than those sheets, and have a similar sheen and drape to silk. Bamboo sheets are also anti-bacterial, meaning they are healthier for people who are illness prone and have allergies.
Other bamboo products, like shirts and socks, are excellent for odor control and hot weather. Bamboo fabric is naturally absorbent, and dries faster than cotton. That means it not only absorbs the odor causing sweat but dries it very quickly. The bamboo clothing doesnít stick to skin in hot weather, and wicks away moisture to keep people cool. These clothes also last longer than cotton, and thus are more affordable than constantly replacing socks and other items.
Bamboo products are certainly finding their places in the world, and itís easy to see why. More economical from the way it is grown, to the processing, and even the products produced from bamboo fabric are all superior to cotton in terms of cost and renewable resources. In the future, it can be predicted that bamboo will be used much more frequently.