How is Bamboo Clothing Made?
Bamboo is the largest member of the grass family, and that is why it is eco-friendly to create bamboo clothing. Each plant can reach over 100 feet, and it is the fastest growing, woody plant in the entire world. There is a type of Japanese plant that has been recorded of growing over three feet in a single day. With over 1,600 types of bamboo found in cold mountains to tropical environments, there is plenty of bamboos to go around.
Once the baby bamboo plant breaks through the soil, it only takes 8-10 weeks for the plant to reach its full height. Each bamboo plant reaches maturity within three to five years, and the plant can be re-harvested continuously with no damage to the environment. Just like grass in the front lawn, the bamboo regenerates after being cut. Regular harvesting of the plant is very beneficial to the health of the plant itself.
The process of creating bamboo clothing is rather simple. The first thing that is done is the bamboo is cut. The seasoned stalks are then cut into smaller pieces so that the plant is easier to handle and maneuver. The bamboo is the soaked in a special solution in a closed loop process to guarantee the process is environmentally friendly. The solution breaks down the bamboo fibers and extracts the pulp. The bamboo pulp is then dried into sheets. When the sheets of pulp have completely dried, the sheets will be ready to be milled. The sheets are milled into a soft and fluffy material that is usually referred to as viscose. The material is then separated and spun into thread. This thread will then be used to make yarn for weaving. In the end, the yarn is used to create soft, eco-friendly clothing that is twice as soft as cotton and naturally luxurious.