Bamboo has long been considered to be an amazingly versatile material. One of the reasons that it is becoming even more popular is because the environmental benefits of bamboo are now more widely known and accepted. It can be processed into a fantastic textile for making clothes from:
"Lightweight, almost silk-like, Bamboo material has a superb natural softness. A material that is ideal for wearing next to the skin, it has antibacterial properties and is naturally hypoallergenic. Also, due to the natural hollow cross-section in the fiber it is 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton and very breathable so it might be your first choice when you want to get sweaty. Add this to the fact that bamboo clothing is naturally anti-static so will not stick to you and that it is 98% UV protective ( this equates to an approximate Sun Protection Rating of 50 ) it begins to look like a miracle fabric."
It is no surprise that the material is attracting the attentions of the adventure and sports community, with companies like Bam providing trendy eco-kit for the great outdoors.
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