Bamboo, the best material you ever wore?

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing crops on the planet. Not only is it organic, requiring no input of fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides, it also requires little input of energy to produce high crop yields.

When turned into clothing, it produces an extraordinarily soft fabric that is incredibly soft and comfortable to wear.


Mens and Womens Bamboo T-shirts,
unique range of bamboo designs

At first, we were just trying to make clothes that would feel amazing…

… then I thought I was trying to lower my carbon footprint. Now I know I am fighting in a race against climate change. 

Tom Hole,
founder of Cariki and constantly developing environmentalist.

HOW DO YOU MAKE BAMBOO CLOTHING?

Bamboo is an amazing crop. It produces high yields per acre of land whilst needing very little water and no chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

To turn bamboo into clothing, the bamboo is first harvested and the leaves and inner pith are extracted before being mechanically crushed and broken down in a solution of sodium hydroxide. The output of this is cellulose, the basic building block to life.

The cellulose is then dried, pressed, crushed and left to evaporate before being added to a solution and forced through a spinneret.

This acts as a nozzle, funnelling the cellulose into fine fibres that can be woven into fabric. A small percentage of certified organic cotton is added to make this incredibly soft fabric more durable. 

Like many alternative sustainable fabrics, bamboo has its drawbacks. The process required to turn bamboo shoots into fabric demands heavy mechanical and chemical processing in the factory.

To mitigate this, these facilities are powered by renewable energy and use waste recapture systems to recycle as much waste product as possible. 

Other factors must be considered to fully gage the environmental credentials of a product, such as impact on the local environment, social impact, transport costs, durability, biodegradability and recyclability. These are all areas that Cariki tries to focus on during the production of its bamboo items.

Ladies bamboo T-shirts,
Super soft T-shirts made from bamboo

Sustainable Growth Crop

Bamboo is the fastest growing wood crop in the world, producing incredibly high yield outputs with low resource input. It requires low water, no chemicals and limited space compared to cotton. 

Ultra-Soft Fabric 

Bamboo clothing is to cotton what cashmere is to wool, a luxuriously soft feel that lightly glides over your skin.

Performance

Moisture wick and thermo-regulatory properties makes this item suitable for almost every environment, keeping skin comfortable and dry.

Fast Growth Crop

Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world, requiring less time to produce high yields.

Removes CO2 from the air

Bamboo consumes large volumes of carbon dioxide and in return produces clean air for us to breath. Bamboo forests are so dense that they produce up to 30% more oxygen per hectare than trees and can sequester 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the air. 

Requires less Energy to Grow

Compared to similar trees and plants used to produce fibres, bamboo plantations require very little energy to maintain.

Reclaims Land

Unlike cotton, which can often lead to the degradation of the soil, bamboo can in a very short time reclaim land destroyed by overgrazing and overbuilding and in the process clean the soil of toxins. 

Reduced Space

Bamboo’s high yield nature means that the same volume of material can be produced from under 10% of the land when compared to cotton. 

Organic

Bamboo requires no chemical fertilizers or pesticides to be added in the fields, helping prevent local ecological and environmental damage.

Decreased water consumption

Bamboo is much less water intensive than cotton, causing less water pressure in areas which are typically prone to drought.

Bamboo is a grass

Bamboo can be cut rather than uprooted when harvested, helping prevent soil erosion associated with the harvesting of cotton across the globe.

100% Biodegradable

Bamboo clothing is 100% biodegradable and will revert back to nature, leaving none of the chemicals in the ground associated with synthetic materials.

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