Bamboo is a super-plant which has been used for everything from food to bridge building for thousands of years, but only in recent times have manufacturers begun to take a fresh look at this amazing plant and what it has to offer. It turns out that bamboo is an alternative that could really help solve a global problem.
With an incredible growth rate, faster than any other plant on the planet, some species of bamboo can grow more than 120cm per day! As such a fast growing and renewable resource, most species of bamboo can be harvested within one to five years, while hardwoods can take upwards of forty years to mature before they can be harvested. So bamboo's versatility as a hardwood substitute can help protect what remaining forests we have left on our once green planet.
After harvesting, new shoots grow from the plant's extensive already existing root system so there's no need for additional planting or cultivation. And even more excitingly, virtually every part of the plant can be used to create a variety of products, from mulch to furniture, chopsticks and clothing (such as our beautiful bamboo scarves!), so there is very little - if any - wastage.
Being extremely versatile, bamboo can easily replace traditional wood for nearly every application, including paper, flooring, building materials and more. Plus, bamboo fibres are stronger than wood fibres and are less likely to warp in changing atmospheric conditions.
Another bonus is that bamboo plants don't require any fertiliser, pesticides or herbicides, so cultivation doesn't add chemicals to the environment. Bamboo thrives in a variety of conditions and climates, including regions where droughts cause other crops to fail, low wetlands and higher elevations in the mountains. Incredibly, bamboo also absorbs greenhouse gasses (carbon dioxide), and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent hardwood tree.
Our Bamboo scarves by Naked
Because bamboo fibre can be used to make modern textiles, this surprising textile is the key ingredient in our gorgeous Bamboo Scarves by Naked. Bamboo fibre is extremely resilient and durable, but also beautifully soft and silky to touch. Bamboo fabric is free-flowing, lightweight and hypoallergenic. It's great for sensitive skin, anti-static, breathable and thermo-regulating (keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter), more absorbent than cotton, UV protective, and 100% biodegradable.
Being a keen conservationist, Naked's Founder Mitch Scott was frustrated that it was so difficult to find clothing made from this fantastic resource. He figured others would also care about this too, and decided it was time to create bamboo-derived wardrobe essentials that look and feel amazing, whilst simultaneously being great for the environment. Founded in Melbourne by a small team of passionate creators, Naked has positioned itself at the forefront of bamboo fashion across Australia and New Zealand, and they are even being discovered by customers worldwide now too!
Naked is a game-changer in classic clothing style. By making bamboo-derived wardrobe essentials that look and feel amazing, they have created an environmentally friendly fashion alternative that does not compromise on style, quality or comfort. Firmly believing that what is good for us should also be good for the environment; Naked is committed to reducing the environmental impact of textile production and is also proud to be sweatshop-free.
Their vision is simple; to uniquely bring together classic style and quality to create long lasting wardrobe essentials you’ll never want to take off! When we first came across them in August this year we fell in love with their beautiful scarves and you'll often find our founder Alison Rentoul sporting one of these stunning pieces as they are such a simple but stylish accessory that you can wear almost anywhere, anytime!
What do you think about using bamboo to save the world? Do you think we should start seeing more manufacturers utilising this super plant? Share your thoughts below!