China, Japan, Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America
There is a general misconception that bamboo is the answer to sustainable textiles however, there are hidden factors to consider. Bamboo as a crop can be sustainable as it is fast-growing, requiring no fertiliser or pesticides. It is 100% biodegradable, anti-fungal and antibacterial. It self-regenerates from its own roots therefore, doesn’t need to be replanted which also means less labour. However, when it comes to producing bamboo as a textile it is much less sustainable if not made organically.
95% of the bamboo on the market blended with viscose (viscose is a regenerated cellulose fibre made from wood pulp - see EcoVero™). Harsh chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid and carbon disulphide are used which are incredibly harmful to living creatures and the environment. Not only does the production harm factory workers but pollutes the air and infects water systems by releasing bi-products that are not disposed of as hazardous waste.
Organic bamboo is super soft, and has a beautiful weight and drape. It is breathable and moisture wicking, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.