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Bamboo – a sustainable fabric for the future

Submitted by on Friday, 8 April 2011 Loading Add to favourites  11 Comments

bamboo-clothing-from-bam-womens-baselayerFor all my healthy and green living I’m not a sporty person. Sure I’ll take a saunter through the countryside, but apart from dancing around the living room with the stereo turned up full volume and a bit of yoga, that’s as much physical exercise as you’ll get out of me.

Even though I’m not the next Olympic champion I do like to be comfortable when I indulge in a walk or yoga, especially as yoga done first thing before the fire is going can be a touch chilly. However I have a thing about clothes – I think I’m a SkyClad Princess at heart.

I don’t like thick layers, can’t stand things that restrict my movement, can’t bear things tight around my neck, I cut the labels out of everything, I demand the softest of soft fabrics and as I have a Loooooong back, but I’m slim, most things are too freakin’ short for me…

I wonder what a psychologist would say about THAT!?

He’d probably pick up that I had a mother who’s belief was that I had to look right and to heck with my comfort. I remember pulling and tearing at itchy polo neck jumpers, and stuffing cotton reel up my sleeves just to get relief from the god forsaken horse-hair I was wearing. All for the sake of looking ‘right’. (although I wonder what a tight fitting jumper with cotton reels up the sleeves really said about us both).

Anyway, I’m able to make my own clothing decisions now and I was thrilled to be sent some baby soft bamboo to try by clothing company BAM. They sent me a women’s base layer.

Their clothes is aimed at the sports person – cyclists, skiers, runners etc. The nearest I get to any of those are running down the stairs to eat breakfast, but as I said I will perform a few dog poses and mountain stances before the sun comes up.

What I LOVE most about this top is the comfort. Man, if I was dressed in one of these as a baby my story would be quite different I can tell you – OCD be gone!

It’s like being wrapped up in a hug, but not one from a freaky great Uncle who gives you a wet kiss, more of a bosomy Grandmother.

This top is so lightweight you can almost feel like you’re naked – yeah, how about that feeling! Only you can answer the door to the pizza delivery boy in this ensemble.

The next best thing is the long back – oh how I love to have my kidneys snuggly and I love the quirky thumb hooks too – for when I’m next on the piste and I don’t want snow going up my sleeves (or not). Apparently, keeping your wrists warm is almost as important as wearing a hat – who knew!

My lovely thumbloops:

bam-bamoo-baselayer

When I waving my arse in the air doing a salute to the sun there is no builders bum because the top stays firmly put around my buttocks. There are no itchy labels and there is a zip around the neck so I can actually breathe.

When I’m out on a walk around the country I can pop a jacket over this beauty and when I get to the steep bit which makes me hot I can toss aside my jacket with gay abandon and not go from boiling to freezing in 10 seconds. And if I do happen to break into a sweat (which I’m known to do if being chased by a herd of cows) bamboo has natural anti bacterial properties so I don’t arrive home smelling like I’ve been down a sewer.

Here’s some info about using bamboo as an environmentally friendly fibre

Sustainable

Bamboo grows like a weed without using any pesticides or fertilizers

Biodegradable

No nasty landfill layabouts here, bamboo fibre is 100% biodegradable

Ecological

Bamboo grows rapidly and improves soil quality in degraded and eroded areas of land.

Yield

The yield from an acre of bamboo is 10 times greater than the yield you get from cotton.

Water conservation

Bamboo only requires that what falls naturally from the sky.

What’s not to love?

Go henceforth and buy your BAM – Bamboo Clothing Zip Neck Baselayer

See you on the piste…

Disclosure: I was sent one women’s baselayer as shown in exchange for writing my review.

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11 Comments »

  • nazima says:

    I love bamboo clothing. Had some lovely maternity wear in that fabric. Its so comfy isn’t it!

  • tartankiwi says:

    The only people who have had bamboo clothing in this house so far are the children, but its so snuggly that when I FINALLY get round to buying myself some new clothes, bamboo could very well be on my wish list. I also love that its such a renewable resource!

  • Steve says:

    Would be interesting to be kept up to date with how it wears and washes. At the risk of going slightly off topic- we use eco-balls in our weashing machine which perform very well but I’m convinced they are causing my cotton clothes to degrade and wear much more quickly. Anyone else noticed this?

  • Amodernmother says:

    You are not sporty?!! Really? (me neither)

  • Mrs Green says:

    @nazima: It is indeed, baby soft!
    @tartankiwi: I’ve treated myself to a couple pairs socks after DD was bought some. Hers only lasted a few weeks but mine have been thought through and the soles have several layers, the one downside to bamboo is that it appears to be very thin, so not hard wearing for kids that like to walk around with socks but no shoes ;)
    @Steve: I’ve had the exact problem with Eco balls Steve; they’ve completely ruined one garment :(
    @Amodernmother: Not at all sporty, sadly …

  • Oh wow I love bamboo. I have things in the bathroom and kitchen made from bamboo but no clothing yet. Will have to check this out tomorrow. Thanks for always having such great and informative posts!!

  • Preseli Mags says:

    I’ve seen bamboo running gear but so far haven’t tried it. I’m going to look out for some now though. Something that is soft and long enough is the holy grail!

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking: No worries Alicia; let us know if you make a purchase and what you think!

    @Preseli Mags: Absolutely; this is definitely long in the body – designed with runners and sports people in mind…

  • Brittany says:

    Bamboo might be great, but when made into a fabric, not so much. The process to turn bamboo into that soft fabric you love is dirty, unsustainable, and ridden with toxins. Not to mention how much water that process wastes. Please do some more research on this before you recommend it!

    The fashion industry is still a very nasty place, even the so-called “eco-friendly” fashion. Buying used is the best option until this is fixed.

  • April says:

    I love bamboo clothing! SO comfy!

  • Mrs Green says:

    @Brittany: Hello Brittany, I’d like to hear more about this – is there some information you could send me to? I agree completely that second hand is better, but sometimes we want to buy new, so it’s good to find some eco friendly options. What would you say the most sustainable fabric was?
    @April: It’s just the softest thing to wear, isn’t it?