To Bamboo or not to Bamboo

panda eating bambooBamboo as a source for textile products, such as socks, bed sheets, underwear and towels, is getting huge popularity and the demand for these products is growing progressively world wide. There are many prejudices to bamboo as a source for textile products, based upon stubborn facts from the past or simply -most of the time untrue- rumors. What is true and what is not. And for which reasons, more and more people choose for bamboo products? And what is more, which features to look for when you want to buy a bamboo product.

In the next five episodes, Life & Form will guide your through our world, the world of bamboo as a source for textile products.

Part 1. Bamboo as renewable source
bamboo plants by Life & Form

Bamboo can grow up to 3 feet in 24 hours. This fantastic rate of growth has been witnessed on occasion with the moso variety of bamboo that is common in China and Japan. A bamboo shoot emerges from the ground at the full diameter that it will have. It then quickly grows straight up as a bare pole for several weeks until it reaches full height. After this, secondary branches will begin growing from the nodes and these will bear leaves. New bamboo stalks must be allowed to mature for 3-5 years before the woody material is hard enough to harvest and use.

Life & Form Bamboo products are panda friendly. None of the 42 species of bamboo that pandas eat are used to produce our products.
In the next episode, we will show that why no pesticides or insecticides are needed during grow of the bamboo plant.