Why bamboo? Perhaps the most compelling reason is just how soft and gentle it is on your skin. As a fabric for clothing it is exceptionally smooth, with a silky texture that makes it suitable for even the most sensitive skin.
We use bamboo across our entire range of thermal base layers. We mix it with a little spandex for stretch and shape retention in our tops and we blend it with organic cotton in our leggings to give them a thicker, more opaque finish. We avoid the use of nylon and other synthetics to ensure our bamboo clothes stay naturally breathable and odour resistant.
Our signature blend of bamboo and spandex is used to create itch-free, light-weight yet insulating layers that add warmth without the bulk of traditional thermals. Breathable basics that resist odour build up and keep you comfortable all day long.
So why opt for bamboo base layers?
Wash Less Four way stretch keeps our tops and leggings staying in shape after each wear and bamboo’s natural ability to resist odour build up means you can test the limits of multiple wears before sending it to the wash
Smell Better Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal helping to keep you fresh all day
Keep Warm Our fitted cut, with generous length in the arms and body helps you trap, retain and generate body heat, creating an insulating base layer.
Not Too Warm Breathable, moisture wicking bamboo fabric prevents overheating by drawing moisture away from the skin helping to regulate your temperature
Itch Free Smooth long fibres make bamboo fabric exceptionally soft. It’s an ideal choice for eczema sufferers and those who find the skin prickles or itches with more abrasive fabrics.
Look Good Though they may be hidden, looks still matter ;) Simple stitching around the neckline and a subtle, naturally occurring sheen makes bamboo thermals smart enough to be worn on their own!
Feel Good An eco-friendly choice. Bamboo is a self-regenerating crop, meaning it regrows after harvesting and unlike many other water intensive crops, grows without the need for irrigation. Bamboo thrives without the use of pesticides or chemicals which is important for avoiding soil contamination. Bamboo plantations are also a significant source of oxygen production, while absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere.
So it's all good?!
Nothing is all good! While we’ve highlighted many of the significant benefits we see in bamboo as a crop and fabric for clothing, it’s not a miracle fibre.
Why? Well once harvested bamboo undergoes a chemical process to pulp the fibres into a cellulose that is then extruded into long fibres and this is what is knitted into the fabric we call bamboo viscose. It’s a viscose due to the man-made process it undergoes when it is pulped. So it’s this chemical processing part where things get a bit grey. But from our perspective, there is no 100 percent right choice, instead what we try to do is reduce and minimise our environmental impact by choosing the best from the options available and for us bamboo still ticks a lot of boxes. You can read more about our approach to sustainability as whole, beyond just our fabric choices on the About page here.