O2wear Australia specialises in bamboo clothing base layers for
women. If you’re after seriously soft fabric that feels great against your
skin, bamboo clothing is the perfect choice. In recent years, bamboo fabric has
become increasingly common, with applications ranging from hygiene and medical products
to home furnishings, however bamboo clothes are by far the most popular use. You
can check out our full range of bamboo products here and buy from our secure
online store.To explain why bamboo has become such a popular fabric for
clothing, we have listed the 'Top 10 Benefits of Bamboo Clothing' - select a link to read more:
1. Eco-Friendly 2. Softness 3. Sensitive Skin 4. Easy Care 5. Moisture Wicking 6. Biodegradable 7. UV Protection 8. Breathability 9. Insulating 10. Antibacterial
Eco-friendly: Bamboo clothing is synonymous with eco-fashion. Bamboo
fibre is considered to be eco-friendly for a number of reasons, however the main reason bamboo clothing is considered eco
friendly and organic is because of the raw material – bamboo plants. Bamboo is
a very hardy crop. It requires no irrigation and no fertilisers or pesticides
to grow. Within 3-4 years it is ready for harvesting and can be continually
reharvested. Crops of bamboo yield significantly more than both wool or cotton
crops. All of these factors contribute to bamboo fibre being considered a
sustainable, versatile and eco-friendly resource for clothing. You can read a
more extensive review of bamboo and the manufacturing process in our bamboo
fibre page, or read about organic clothing.Softness: Bamboo fibre is exceptionally soft so it feels great
against your skin. While the plant itself may not seem like it would make for
soft clothing, the process of extracting bamboo cellulose and converting it
into fibre results in a very smooth and soft yarn. This yarn is weaved into the
fabric used for bamboo clothing. Our products are particulalry popular with people suffering from sensistive skin.You can buy bamboo clothing from our secure online store.
Sensitive Skin: Many people with sensitive skin report that clothes made from bamboo are far less irritating to the skin than other traditional fabrics. The smooth rounded fibres of bamboo viscose significantly
reduce irritation, making it a good choice for those who suffer from allergies,
in particular eczema. All our products are certified with the Okeo-Tex 100 Standard ensuring
that no residual chemicals or harmful elements are present in the fabric used
for manufacturing our garments. Read more about the benefits of bamboo clothing for eczema and sufferers of sensistive skin.Easy Care: O2wear bamboo
clothing is both colour fast and machine washable. A gentle tumble dry or cool
iron can also be used if necessary but you should find that the bamboo fabric
is relatively quick drying and wrinkle resistant. Read more on our product
care page. Moisture Wicking: Bamboo fibre is very popular because of its moisture
wicking properties. With almost twice the moisture transfer rate of cotton, it
is an ideal fabric for clothing worn directly against the skin. The use of
bamboo fibre in sportswear, yoga clothing and high performance active wear has
also increased due to this unique property. Biodegradable: As a natural product
derived from plants, bamboo fibre is biodegradable. Having reached their useful
life, products made from bamboo can be composted and disposed of in an organic
and eco-friendly manner. Synthetic fibres such as nylon or rayon remain in
landfill for a significantly longer time. Read more on our organic clothing
Protection: Bamboo clothing has superior UV protecting qualities. A recent study
by Deakin University found bamboo fabric is 60% better than cotton at
protecting the wearer from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Find links to the Deakin University study, and read more at our links & resources page.
Breathability: Because it is derived from plant fibres, bamboo clothing
is significantly more breathable than traditional fibres and synthetics.
Clothing made from bamboo is naturally temperature regulating, meaning it is
cool to wear in summer, and a warm underlayer for winter. Check out our online store where you can buy bamboo
Insulating: Bamboo is a naturally
insulating fibre. When woven into fabric, bamboo clothing helps to trap a small
layer of air against the skin. This layer acts as insulation, helping to keep
the wearer cool in the hot weather, and warm during winter. Bamboo is nature’s
solution to comfort in any season. You can read more about organic and environmentally
friendly clothing from our bamboo links & resources page.
Antibacterial: Many manufacturers report that bamboo clothing is antibacterial and antifungal.
This claim stems from the bamboo plant itself. As bamboo grows organically,
without the need for pesticides or fertilisers due to its inherent
antibacterial characteristics, by extension bamboo clothing is thought to
possess these same characteristics. Tests however haven’t substantiated these
claims conclusively. Read more on our organic clothing page. Bamboo fibre may not be any more antibacterial than other
fabrics, however there is a suggestion that bamboo clothing is particularly suited
to adults and babies with sensitive skin and this may be in part due to superior
antibacterial properties – so the jury is still out!
THE BOTTOM LINE
If looking and feeling
great isn’t enough to get you in to some bamboo clothing, then the breathable,
easy care and sustainable features of bamboo clothing listed above surely will!
You can buy bamboo clothing from our secure online store here.
Despite the many stated
benefits of bamboo clothing, it is still worth mentioning that during the
manufacturing process, there is a chemical treatment necessary to turn the
bamboo pulp into the strands of fibre used to weave the fabric. Our products
are all certified with the Okeo-Tex standard, meaning that there are no
residual chemicals remaining in the fabric after this process.
We believe that bamboo
clothing is still one of the best alternatives to water intensive crops such as
cotton that require the use of pesticides to grow, without compromising on the
quality or comfort of our clothing. You can shop the latest range of bamboo
clothing basics here.
And just in case you were wondering: Pandas in the wild like
to eat about twenty-five types of bamboo. They don’t like Moso, the one used
for bamboo clothing. To read more about the bamboo itself, have a read of our bamboo fibre page, or learn about organic clothing.
If you would like to read
more about bamboo clothing, bamboo fibre as a fabric, the manufacturing process
or its environmental credentials you can read both the good and the bad in our bamboo
clothing resources page. Or why not have a look at our testimonials to see what our customers have to say about O2wear bamboo clothing.