In this fast-paced world, fashion has taken on a ‘fast’ trend. As a result, the production of clothes is faster and cheaper. Therefore, consumption is greater. However, unfortunately, this has led to environmental deterioration. Fast fashion has led to mass landfilling. This isn’t serving well for our environment. Is it? What if you were to be told that there is an alternative? Keep scrolling!
What are some of the components that one looks for in clothes? To name a few, softness and comfort. While pure cotton may offer all that, it isn’t really anything like bamboo-blend, the blend of bamboo and cotton. Want to switch to a fabric softer than cotton, eco-friendlier than silk and more breathable than nylon? Let’s explore what bamboo blend is all about.
What is Bamboo Blend?
A bamboo textile is cloth, yarn or clothing which is made from bamboo fibres. In the past, it was used only for structural elements like bustles and the ribs of corsets. However, in recent years, with the advent of different technologies, bamboo fiber can now be used for a wide range of fashion and textile applications. It can also be blended with other fibres such as cotton. It is renewable and can be replenished at a faster rate than plastic, its alternative. Often, this fabric is blended in a specific ratio. As a result, the benefits of both the fabrics are achieved. The most common blend is 70% bamboo and 30% cotton. An alternative is 60% bamboo and 40% cotton.
Bamboo blends have lots to offer. People often have a stereotypical bias against bamboo. They think that it is rough in its texture. Well, buckle up, because we are going to change your mind. Honestly, it takes one to wear this blend to truly understand its softness. It appears and feels cotton-like, just a lot more sustainable. Additionally, for those with sensitive skins, this fabric is a major relief. Sounds too good to be true? Go ahead and give this fabric a try.
Cotton can be organic, provided you are careful where you buy it from. However, bamboo is organic and much MORE! It is a super plant. Additionally, it is often labelled as ‘the world’s most renewable material’. The fastest growing crop in the world, it requires no pesticides. Moreover, it requires minimal water. Could it get any better?
On the sustainability front, bamboo is the most eco-friendly fabric that there can be. It is renewable and biodegradable. Its life span is more than a decade. How great is that? It literally is like an investment that is taken advantage of for more than 10 years. In addition, it has properties that are extremely beneficial. Some of the benefits of the fabric are as follows.
- Soft on the skin
- Protects from harmful UV rays
Why is this better than regular cotton or bamboo?
Bamboo is naturally breathable and forty times more absorbent than the finest organic cotton and hence bamboo blend wicks moisture away from the skin much faster and keeps you dry and comfortable. It can also take in three times more water than its weight which means that it can get rid of moisture faster. Bamboo is softer than cotton and therefore bamboo blend is extremely cushiony and feels soft to the hands and body. Viscose from bamboo is one of the strongest and most affordable fabrics out there and as a result, bamboo will outlast cotton in strength, shape and durability. Moreover, as organic as cotton can get, it will always require 20 times the water bamboo does. This blend will help reduce the overwhelming usage of water in a world already suffering through water shortages.
When there is a chance to go with an amazing combination of two good fabrics, why choose? Let us all give a try to bamboo blends. It encourages the growth of bamboo. As a result, it adds to the sustainability of fabric. What could be better than plain cotton, you ask? Well, we hope we cleared that query.
The properties of this blend make is suitable and comfortable to a large extent. Let’s all move towards sustainability and eco-friendliness. Let’s try something new and better. Who know? You might just fall in love with this fabric. Moreover, it has an added bonus. You are all definitely saving the very environment that we live in.
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Payal Mandan, a passionate psychology student, not only dreams to make the world a better place but wants to be a part of something that is bigger than herself. She is dedicated, hard-working and loves to create and develop content that speaks volumes.