We love this baby grow from Panda and Sparrow but it did start a debate in the whatidlove team about the real story behind bamboo.
As a fabric it is stronger than cotton, lasts longer, is better at moisture wicking, keeps you warmer in winter, cooler in summer, is hypoallergenic and super soft, and is even hailed as providing UV protection – so what’s the problem?
We know that it is super eco to grow – needs no watering, compared to cotton which uses 2700 litres of water for the cotton required to produce a T-shirt; or persticides as it is naturally anti-bacterial. It even sucks carbon dioxide from the air and releases oxygen into it. We also know that when harvested it regrows at 120 cm a day, with no need to replant the crop, and it biodegrades efficiently, unlike the 30-40 years it takes nylon.
Well – the growing of bamboo is environmentally friendly but the manufacturing of bamboo into fabric raises environmental and health concerns because of the strong chemical solvents used to cook the bamboo plant into a viscose solution that is then reconstructed into cellulose fiber for weaving into yarn for fabric. So it may not be the super hero we want it to be, but in that much it is no different from most fabrics.
So I suppose the conclusion is that we should never be fooled by marketing, that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing”, and that as soon as the miracle eco fabric emerges we will certainly all hear about it.