Why do we LOVE
NATURALLY QUICK TO GROW
Viscose derived from bamboo is one of our key fabrics and is much-loved by our customers. The bamboo plant is a highly renewable resource and the fastest growing woody plant on Earth. It can be grown without the use of chemicals so it’s much kinder on the environment than many other crops.
KIND TO SKIN, EASY ON ENERGY
Bamboo fabric has many great properties too. It’s very versatile and easily blends with many other fibres. It’s super-soft so feels luxurious. And it’s 100% biodegradable.
Better still, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so it doesn’t absorb odours. This also means it’s great for people with skin allergies or irritations.
The fabric is also naturally resistant to harmful UV rays – thanks to its dense composition. Washing bamboo garments is also easy on your energy bills – a cool wash at 30 degrees will keep them clean.
- Bamboo grows quickly, making it a highly renewable resource
- It doesn’t need any herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilisers and it’s organically grown
- It improves soil quality and prevents erosion
- It absorbs more carbon and produces more oxygen than other trees of a similar type
- A closed-loop method is used to process our bamboo. This doesn’t let any chemicals into the atmosphere
- Bamboo fabric is 100% biodegradable
- It has a super-soft, luxurious feel
- It has antibacterial and antifungal properties
- Even though we use a closed-loop processing system, the production of viscose derived from bamboo is still chemically intensive
How is bamboo
Bamboo was first used for clothing in the 20th century and was initially manufactured in China, spreading from there.
The bamboo plant can reach its max height in less than 3 months. This speedy growth makes it a renewable, high-rotation crop – far better for farmers and the environment. It is naturally pest-resistant and can actually help rebuild eroded soil. Plus, the root network is so large that bamboo doesn’t need replanting – instead it shoots straight back up again. These factors apply to the bamboo we use. It’s grown organically, without any chemical fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides. Sadly, not everyone chooses this way.
How is bamboo
made into a viscose fibre?
WE USE THE CLOSED LOOP SYSTEM
There are two ways of processing bamboo – a chemical method and a mechanical method. We use a chemical closed loop method in our factories so chemicals are re-circulated. No harmful waste enters the environment or our finished clothing this way.
It’s important to note that the conversion of plant to fabric is chemically-intensive. This can be damaging and harmful on the environment and to workers. While we’re careful to minimise our impact, factories not using closed loop are often only able to recover around 50% of their solvents. The other half goes into the environment.
The two main chemicals used in the process are sodium hydroxide and carbon disulphide. Bamboo leaves and woody shoots get soaked in these chemicals; a process also known as hydrolysis alkalisation. When processed, the bamboo becomes heavy and pulped. Next, it’s forced through spinnerets. Then it’s separated into threads for spinning, dying and weaving into cloth.
'viscose derived from bamboo'?
It’s our legal way of saying bamboo. The viscose we use here at Thought is a regenerated cellulosic fibre. And that is? Bamboo.
We source our bamboo fabrics from factories qualified for the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard (Confidence in Textiles) Certification. They must also have an ISO14001 certificate. This means they have an internationally recognised environmental policy. This is the best way to ensure that this stage of the supply chain is comprehensively and responsibly cared for. And that no harmful chemicals are in the finished product – or used no in the making of it.