The idea of using bamboo for rugs, towels and other products has been around for decades, as bamboo remains a naturally occurring, sustainable and chemical-free material.
There are over 1000 species of bamboo in the world, and it can be used for a number of different reasons. In China, ingredients from the black bamboo shoot help treat kidney diseases: roots and leaves have also been used to treat venereal diseases and cancer, making bamboo a viable option for medicines. In Japan, it’s also used as a natural way to prevent bacteria growth in food, becoming a natural food preservative.
The fashion industry, which is known for its concern in creating style and setting new trends has incorporated ways of using bamboo fibres to be more environmentally-friendly. With the growing popularity of a new fabric made of bamboo, designers have slowly begun to use bamboo fabric in many of their upcoming collections.
The benefits of bamboo continue to increase as people become much more interested in living a sustainable lifestyle and turn to organic, eco-friendly products. Here’s a list of some of the many benefits of bamboo, and using these products in your home:
- Bamboo grows in a variety of conditions. Bamboo can grow in arid regions, where droughts cause other crops to fail and since the roots are left in place after harvesting, it helps to preserve vital moisture in the soil. From low wetlands to higher elevations in the mountains, bamboo thrives in a wide range of climates.
- Softness – bamboo is as soft as cotton and has a natural, attractive sheen.
- Comfortable – Bamboo fabric absorbs water 3-4 times better than cotton, keeping skin comfortable, rather than sticky, in hot weather. The fabrics stay 2-3 degrees cooler in hot temperatures and warmer in cold temperatures. Bamboo apparel is thermal regulating, anti-fungal, anti-static and will keep you cooler, drier, warmer and odour free.
- Hygienic and anti-bacterial- Organic Bamboo fibre clothing is naturally anti-microbial requiring no added harmful chemicals. It contains an agent, “bamboo kun”, that prevents bacteria from cultivating on it. It also has a very good insulating quality meaning it can keep you warm in winter and cool in summer.
- UV Protection – Bamboo fibre fabrics have natural UV protection.
- Chemical-Free – Bamboo is grown without using pesticides or chemical fertilisers. Bamboo fibre is 100% biodegradable.
If you’re interested in sourcing some new bamboo products in your home, Kuishi’s fantastic range of bamboo towels are lightweight and quick drying, made from 90% bamboo and 10% cotton. They are a fantastic example of how useful and beautiful this sustainable material can be.