January 15, 2021 4 min read
In this current climate (literally and figuratively), buzzwords like ‘Sustainability,’ ‘Green,’ ‘Conscious,’ and ‘Eco-friendly’ are discussed with increased frequency. Rightfully so, as changing weather conditions, increased production, and modern population needs have created a need for attention to new systems and products that take the impact on the earth into account. Looking at sustainability as a whole can seem like a daunting and complex problem for one single person to tackle.Taking small steps to make conscious choices for sustainability is the best way to feel like you are doing your part. A great way to start is by buying items made with environmentally friendly materials, such asbamboo socks.
Bamboo is a versatile material with many uses across the world. From construction to paper to textiles, bamboo is helping to bring sustainability into the fabric market and fashion industry. According toThe Conscious Challenge, “Textiles production (including cotton farming) uses around 93 billion cubic meters of water annually, representing 4% of global freshwater withdrawal.” One of the natural resources that could help mitigate this issue could be bamboo. Bamboo is a great natural resource for those with sustainability in mind.
Bamboo fabric is a natural resource- a natural fiber, harvested from the pulp of bamboo reeds, stalks, or grass. Natural fibers are already better sustainability-wise than manmade fibers. The harvested plant is macerated or compressed until it splits into fibrous threads. These threads can be used to create yarn which is then woven into cloth. Often, bamboo fabric or bamboo cloth for garments and items is mixed with other fibers to provide extra benefits such as elasticity and durability. Ourbamboo socks are made with 70% Bamboo fiber, 25% Nylon fiber, and 25% Spandex fiber. Having these extra components in our bamboo socks makes them as comfortable as possible, but also as environmentally friendly as possible.
Bamboo is much more environmentally friendly than other crops similarly used for garment production. Bamboo requires a third of the water that cotton needs to grow. It wins in the sustainability department as a natural resource because it needs little to no irrigation assistance so farmers don’t need to divert precious water or use high volumes to produce it. Additionally bamboo grows quickly (up to 4 feet a day!), doesn’t need to be replanted, and has a 10 to 1 yield over not so environmentally friendly options such as cotton. Bamboo is also an ideal material, especially for bamboo socks, not only for sustainability, because of its immense durability. Bamboo has the potential to outlast and outperform cotton. This type of reliability is important, longer lasting fabrics and fiber will certainly benefit the user and environment. Increased sustainability comes in the form ofbamboo socks and clothing made from bamboo will have to be replaced less frequently. One other environmentally friendly feature of bamboo fiber and bamboo socks is bamboo typically requires less dye, saving natural resources and producing less waste all around.