Bamboo - is bamboo sustainable?
Bamboo is one of the most popular materials of the time, and bamboo is often marketed as a sustainable alternative to plastics, cotton and more. But how sustainable is bamboo really, and is bamboo clothing environmentally friendly? We make you more aware of that here.
Advantages of bamboo as a material
There are several reasons why bamboo has been hailed as an environmentally friendly material in recent years. Among other things, bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world and thus a really good source for sustainable production, as bamboo is not a material that we will run out of any time soon. At the same time, the bamboo plant is hardy and largely manages itself without the need for watering or chemicals to survive.
Among other things, bamboo textiles can boast of being temperature-regulating and moisture-absorbing. It keeps its shape and color very well and fluffs minimally - properties that make it very popular for use in clothes and bedding.
Disadvantages of bamboo as a material
Although the bamboo plant has many good properties, there are also disadvantages to using bamboo as a production material. Among other things, a lot of binding material in the form of glue must be used to hold bamboo material together, so that it can be transformed into, for example, the bamboo tableware that has become a popular alternative to plastic tableware. Here, environmental friendliness thus becomes a question of any chemicals that may be in the glue that holds the bamboo material together.
When it comes to textile production, too, bamboo is a problematic and not particularly sustainable material, as the processing of the material is rarely particularly environmentally friendly, and often just as many chemicals must be used as in the production of other types of textile - and also a large amount of water for to soften the hard plant.
When is bamboo sustainable?
Despite the disadvantages of using bamboo for production, there are several things you can do yourself to offset these, so that you can instead reap the benefits of bamboo as a material.
If you are looking for clothes in bamboo, be aware that bamboo is used in several different textile materials. When using bamboo for the production of viscose, the chemicals are used only once, whereas they are reused several times when using bamboo for the production of tencel and lyocell clothing. If you want to choose environmentally friendly clothes in bamboo, you should therefore go for clothes in tencel or lyocell rather than viscose.On the whole, it means being aware of the processing methods used to be able to use bamboo in production. It is largely these that determine whether bamboo is sustainable or not.