The Cotton Textile Company has launched a range of bamboo towels and bath robes as environmentally-conscious brands ask for organic and sustainable fabrics.
The company also uses bamboo as a raw fabric in the production of its jacquard woven towels and socks.
Bamboo is currently the best substitute around for man-made products. It is far more comfortable than cotton and performs better as a towel or garment because it is:
- Softer and doesn’t pill in the same way as cotton yarns.
- Odour resistant.
- Better at wicking moisture away from the body than cotton.
- 40% more absorbent than cotton.
- Antimicrobial, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
In addition to these immediate benefits, bamboo can be a huge benefit in communities. Like cotton, it is a cash crop that supports third world countries, reducing poverty in many parts of the world. Bamboo has an edge over cotton though as it:
- Grows to its full height in just eight to 10 weeks.
- Generates 60 tonne harvests, versus 20 tonnes for cotton per hectare and.
- Requires 30% of the volume of water needed by cotton.
So not only is it better than cotton as a fibre, it can be a greater influence and more productive financially for those that farm it as a crop.