Bamboo & Sustainability

Bamboo is one of the world’s fastest growing evergreen perennial plants. The height of Bamboo can vary anywhere between a few centimetres to 40 metres tall. On an average, Bamboo poles grow approximately 24 inches or more per day. Bamboo grows best in tropical regions such as Asia, Africa, South America and requires lesser land, water and essentially zero chemicals for reproduction. Similar to wood, Bamboo is a natural compostable material.

A versatile product, Bamboo has infinite benefits and uses such for construction, furniture, musical instruments, kitchenware, weaponry and even textiles, which is our focus for today! Bamboo fabrics, made by combining bamboo pulp with water and amine oxide, are not only resilient, suitable for all skin types, and super soft, but they are also healthy for the natural environment.

However, there are some hard facts that counter the argument of Bamboo’s sustainability. At the moment, China is the major manufacturer of world’s bamboo. Although Bamboo naturally does not need any chemicals or pesticides to grow, the world is rapidly becoming untrusting of China’s business practices. Secondly, a significant amount of chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and carbon disulfide are used to convert bamboo pulp into usable rayon bamboo & viscose bamboo fibre, taking away the element of being natural and organic. These fibres are then washed away into the water systems whose adverse effects trickle down to generations of surrounding biodiversity, flora-fauna and human population.

Considering the factors above and that 95% of the bamboo in the market is bamboo viscose, the ethical creation of bamboo fabric is of the utmost importance and a necessary innovation in the industry. Take it from a conscious consumer next time when you buy a bamboo product be sure to inquire about the use of chemicals in production, waste management and production process of bamboo tencel.

Some interesting brands selling sustainable Bamboo products:

1. BOODY

Materials used: Bamboo fibres

Boody is an Australian brand selling everyday basics such as women’s and men’s essentials to active, baby and loungewear. The brand is so obsessed about comfort for customers and eco-friendliness for the environment that they constantly innovate to become better. Boody is passionate about giving back to the community. They actively engage with Australian charities such as Greening Australia, Threat Together , Propeller Projects etc and even pledge 1% of their sales to the Planet


Website: boody.com

2. INNBAMBOO

Materials used: Bamboo Foulards and Fibres

Born in Italy in 2013, Innbamboo is a sustainable brand that uses Bamboo Foulards to make products such as scarves, bags, shoes and now owing to COVID-19 even masques. The brand currently retails their fashion accessories across 500 stores in Italy and plans to expand to countries such as Spain, Portugal, United States, Australia and New Zealand. They are Vegan Ok tested and their yarns are Ecotex certified!


Website: innbamboo.it

3. BAM

Materials used: Bamboo

A journey that started has a one man expedition in the wilderness of Greenland has culminated into the sustainable brand, BAM. The company has an ambitious goal to achieve a zero carbon footprint by 2030. BAM’s product range includes everything from active wear, jumpers, socks and everyday wear


Website: bambooclothing.co.uk

4. BAMBU

Materials used: Bamboo

Conceptualized by alumni from Nike and Ogilvy, Bambu is a truly global brand born in Portland and sourced from China. Bambu is a certified B-Corporation and like Boody, they too contribute 1% of their sales to the planet. Bambu sells sustainable home goods and eco-friendly dinnerware with the vision is to make a difference, one spoon at a time.


Website: bambuhome.com

5. BECO

Materials used: Bamboo

Shocked after finding the chocolate wrapper of a brand discontinued in the 1990’s, three boys from the Indian city of Mumbai founded the sustainable brand BECO. They sell products such as Reusable Kitchen Towel rolls, Facial tissues, Tissue rolls, and Toothbrushes. The company’s philosophy is to win together with the environment and not alone!


Website: letsbeco.com