Monday, June 4, 2007

Bamboo Clothing?

It is hard to believe that one of the world’s hardest woods (really a grass) can produce beautiful fabric. More importantly, in contrast to pesticide-intensive cotton, bamboo is easily grown without chemicals.

More factoids about Bamboo from Bamboosa:

Bamboo is of the world's most prolific and fastest-growing plants, and is able to reach maturity in about four years, compared to the typical 25 to 70 years for commercial tree species in the U.S.

Bamboo is nature's most sustainable resource, is grown without pesticides or chemicals, is 100% biodegradable, and naturally regenerative. Bamboo is actually a tropical grass, with an extensive root system that sends out an average of four to six new shoots per year, naturally replenishing itself and growing to heights of 60 feet or more. Some bamboo species grow up to 4 feet per day and can be harvested every 3 to 4 years.

Why Bamboo? on Bamboosa

Product Review:

I bought socks and a tee shirt from Bamboosa, an online retailer of Bamboo clothing. I must say the socks are the softest and most comfortable I have ever worn—at $10 a pair they are competitive with high-end socks like Therlos. The tee shirt has a beautiful drape and sheen, somewhat like top-quality rayon, but the fabric is more breathable and soft. Lands End also sells Bamboo bath towels that are rated a best buy by the Wall Street Journal.

Definitely check out Bamboosa: Bamboosa

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