Wearing bamboo products is a great way to show your
support for an environmentally sustainable materials stock.
One of the current catch phrases found in the news on a daily basis is "sustainability." Can we find products that we can use that raw materials can be produced in quantities that will not deplete the whole or imbalance the environment. Few raw materials have the potential for true sustainable production and consumption as bamboo. It is a highly versatile grass, with a tremendous growth rate and ability to survive in a both temperate and tropical environments. It's woody fibers produce products that are both strong and beautiful, such as in bamboo flooring or cutting boards, "cane" poles and bamboo fly fishing poles, each being prized for their strength and grace under pressure.
Now, the latest manifestation of bamboo uses though has to be in the textile industry. Bamboo can be processed into a fine, silk like fiber or yarn, both of which produce some amazingly soft and durable clothing, bed linens, towels, and even socks and underwear. Bamboo fabric is both hypoallergenic and naturally anti-microbial, so your clothes will be more stain and odor resistant.
Ecological sustainability may be a topical buzzword, but the ethics of such sustainability can help carry the resource demand that we place on our planet. Using bamboo woods and bamboo products in our daily lives can have a major impact on the pace of deforestation of hardwood forests, in favor of faster growing bamboo forests. However, until bamboo rises in public demand, we will still have a high reliance on cotton for our fabrics, while our hardwood demands are met by oak, pine, and maple.
Consider trying bamboo fabrics in your wardrobe or linen closet. They look and feel great, and have a positive effect on our environment.
I have found two sources for unique bamboo fabric products that can really show your support for environmentally friendly products. Shirts of Bamboo has a nice assortment of men's and women's clothing and terry towels, robes, socks, etc.
Nulethics seems to be onto something hot, as I've started seeing eco friendly apparel pop up all over the Internet. From my opinion and experience however, I feel Nulethics has the best formula (out of all the other eco clothing companies I've looked at) when it comes to addressing environmentalism without sacrificing quality or performance in their products.
You can find out more about Nulethics and their fabric technology at http://www.nulethics.com. They've also just setup their e-Commerce ordering system so you can purchase the clothes online.
Robert Green http://bambooyou.blogspot.com. Wearing Eco-friendly clothing to promote environmental sustainability
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