Finding a bra that is not only comfortable but also fits you perfectly is like a magical experience. You won’t be able to stop wearing it or talking about it with your family and friends. And if you find out that by wearing this bra, you are contributing to the protection of both the environment and the rights of laborers, then all the better.
This is the reason why women are going crazy over bamboo bras. These bras are made from bamboo fabric which is super soft, natural, breathable, and more sustainable than other materials.
What is Bamboo Fabric?
Bamboo has been used traditionally for the production of hand-made paper. But thanks to technology, the cellulosic fiber from bamboo pulp can now be used to make yarn and woven into a natural textile that is highly durable, tough, elastic, environment-friendly, and biodegradable, the bamboo fabric.
Because of its softness, the fabric is now being used to make lingerie and a variety of clothing apparel and bathroom accessories. In addition, bamboo fiber also has a bacteriostatic agent, the Bamboo Kun, making it perfect for use in the healthcare industry and many other applications where there is a need to lessen the harmful effects of bacteria.
Benefits of Bamboo Fabric
- One of the softest fabrics
Because of the various micro-gaps and micro holes in the fiber, bamboo fabric is softer than cotton. Therefore, the softness of the fabric is comparable to that of silk and cashmere.
The bamboo fiber is processed through a mechanical process that uses little to no chemicals. This absence of chemical treatment produces naturally round and smooth fibers without any spurs, making it suitable for people with sensitive skin. In addition, the absence of spikes in the fiber won’t irritate the skin making the fabric hypoallergenic.
Bamboo has a natural antimicrobial bio-agent, the Bamboo Kun, that prevents bacteria and some insects from thriving, eradicating the need for the use of pesticides. This property of bamboo remains intact despite processing, making the fabric a good choice for use in areas where there is a need to lessen the harmful effects of bacteria, such as in the healthcare setting. In addition, when used for regular apparel, this antibacterial property of the fabric helps make the wearer feel fresher.
- UV protective
Bamboo fabric provides natural protection from ultraviolet radiation despite going through processing. This intrinsic beneficial property of bamboo fiber comes from one of its components, lignin. It can filter up to 98% of the ultraviolet rays.
- Highly absorbent
Bamboo fabric has the unique property of being highly absorbent. It is more absorbent than cotton bamboo making the wearer of bamboo fabric feel dryer and freshener. In addition, bamboo fabric can absorb sweat and moisture from your skin and move it to its outer layer to evaporate quickly, thereby making it a moisture-wicking fabric.
Bamboo is an incredibly fast-growing grass that has high potential as a sustainable material. It has an extensive root system making it self replenishing. It requires only about 1/10th of the water that is usually needed to grow cotton. The plant also has intrinsic antibacterial and antifungal properties that eliminate the need for pesticides and insecticides to thrive.
Processing of the plant into fabric is also through a mechanical separation process, thus emitting very little carbon.
It is therefore not surprising why many women are going crazy over bamboo bras. The fabric is amazingly soft, making the wearer forget that she even has a bra on. Its antibacterial, antifungal and hypoallergenic properties make it perfect for women with even the most sensitive skin.
Bamboo fabric provides many benefits. It is also a highly sustainable material that is perfect for use in any apparel. Making bamboo fabric into bras is an ingenious use of the fabric not only because of the benefits it provides but because it helps spread awareness of the present condition of the environment.
Written By Alison Lurie.