Bamboo is a perennial plant with rhizomatous roots that facilitate its reproduction and natural cultivation. The plants do not require particular care, let alone pesticides and they are rapidly developing even in extreme situations. These characteristics have made it possible to give it the reputation of great tenacity but also of characteristic flexibility that is also transmitted in bamboo products.
Its uses are varied and range from the construction of structures, furniture but also for food use up to its use in the textile industry. The textile products made of bamboo fiber are very soft and have a hand similar to that of silk, are also very durable over time. Bamboo fiber naturally has a special anti-bacterial agent which makes it particularly suitable for contact with the skin. The fabrics obtained from bamboo are very soft and luminous and naturally elastic, which is why they are much appreciated by the female public. It is also possible to produce a sponge-like fabric to be used for washable towels and diapers, which will remain softer over time than cotton and they will dry first.
Among the ecological fibers is the most controversial and we find conflicting information on its real benefits for the environment. Naturally, before giving a general judgment, we must consider case by case, because for bamboo the ecology of processing depends on the company that produces the fabric, if a company that produces only natural fabrics will have all the interests to carry out a process ecosustainable, if it is a conventional company we can not be sure.
Clarified the fact that the cultivation of bamboo is absolutely interesting and as we saw before it has a positive environmental impact we now focus on its transformation into fiber. In fact, what is found on the market is actually viscous bamboo made with chemical processes and is one of the artificial fibers (more impacting the natural ones but less than the synthetic ones). After making this clarification it would seem natural to condemn it but let's try to see it from another point of view. First of all, the production of bamboo viscose takes place in a closed cycle, ie all the chemical products are reused and not thrown away as is the case with other viscous products. We also believe that a fiber is more or less ecological when compared to other similar, so if bamboo is less ecological than cotton, we can say that it is more ecological than traditional viscose both in the production of the raw material and in the production phase of the fiber.
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