Bamboo – a sustainable fabric for the future
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For 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:
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
Bamboo grows like a weed without using any pesticides or fertilizers
No nasty landfill layabouts here, bamboo fibre is 100% biodegradable
Bamboo grows rapidly and improves soil quality in degraded and eroded areas of land.
The yield from an acre of bamboo is 10 times greater than the yield you get from cotton.
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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