The fashion industry caters to millions of people around the world who rightly demand on trend fashion at an affordable price. Unfortunately, the use of sustainable textiles which have minimal impact on the environment are few and far between.
At Eco Staples, we believe in both producing sustainable fashion and providing our customers with affordable, stylish clothing. All our T-shirts are made with Bamboo Lyocell, a new age eco-friendly fabric that represents a milestone in the advancement of environmentally sustainable textiles and here’s why –
The Bamboo Plant
Bamboo is often referred to as the world’s most sustainable resource as it can grow up to four feet a day, absorbs five times more carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than average hardwood trees.
Growing bamboo helps improve soil quality and even rebuilds eroded soil. Its extensive root system binds top soil together, improving hydrological functions of forest ecosystems.
Upon harvesting, the bamboo plant regenerates itself. Its vast root network continually sprouts new shoots
Above all, bamboo requires no pesticides, no fertilisers and very little water to thrive.
The Lyocell Process
Lyocell is a third generation cellulose fabric production method that changes wood into textile fibre. It is an improvement on the processes used to make its predecessors, Viscose (also known as Rayon) and Modal as it more efficient, produces less waste and results in a product that is less synthetic.
Bamboo Lyocell fabric is created by adopting a closed looped technique that uses a non-toxic solvent, amine oxide, which breaks down bamboo pulp. With this technique, 99% of the solvent and water used is recovered and reused within the next batch of the manufacturing process thereby significantly reducing water consumption. Leftover waste is minimal and harmless to the environment.
Bamboo Lyocell clothing is lightweight, non-creasing and very soft to the touch, making it exceptionally comfortable to wear.
As it is primarily made from organic ingredients, Bamboo Lyocell is biodegradable and has a decomposition rate of around 8 days. This is not the case for chemically created Viscose or other synthetic fabrics such as Polyester.
How is Bamboo Lyocell fabric eco-friendly?
Bamboo Lyocell is highly eco-friendly for two primary reasons:
- Bamboo requires no pesticides, no fertilisers and far less water to grow than other plants
- Lyocell is a closed loop process that uses a non-toxic solvent and promotes the economical use of energy and water which results in minimal waste
Benefits of Bamboo Lyocell Clothing
Bamboo Lyocell is in many ways a superior fabric. Being lightweight and possessing an extreme soft (often described as softer than the softest cotton) feel, it ensures maximum comfort during wear. In addition, it boasts the following benefits:
Bamboo fibre is resistant to bacterial and fungal growth due to a natural component, kun. As bacterial growth is inhibited, this prevents the development of unpleasant odours.
The naturally smooth fibres of Bamboo are gentle on skin which makes it ideal for those with allergies and skin sensitivities such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
Bamboo fibre is porous and absorbs up to four times more moisture than cotton but unlike cotton, it rapidly evaporates the moisture it absorbs.
Bamboo Lyocell’s excellent sweat wicking properties help keep our bodies dry and regulate body temperature. This makes it suitable for all weather types i.e. for keeping cool in summer and warm in winter.
Bamboo fibre is naturally resistant to harmful UV rays
The production of Bamboo Lyocell utilises a closed loop process which has minimal impact on the environment. Bamboo Lyocell is fully biodegradable.
Did you know?
Most Bamboo clothing in the marketplace today is made with Bamboo Viscose fabric. Although Lyocell and Viscose fabrics have a similar feel, they have vastly differing environmental impact. Unlike Lyocell, the manufacturing process for Viscose is extremely polluting and harmful to the environment.