Green Apple Active is an environmentally conscious clothing brand that is passionate about designing organic, biodegradable articles of clothing for the active individual. As a result, we have designed an entire line based on an alternative fabric that far outweighs its competitors. Our organic bamboo fibers have more benefits than most people realize, and that’s what we’re here to talk to you about today. As a vegan, eco-friendly company, we want to shed light on why bamboo is better for clothing, for you, and for our environment.
Often compared to cotton, bamboo offers another standard of comfort. The soft, pliable fabric is also moisture wicking, making it an ideal source to design active wear from. Much like cotton, bamboo fabric will keep you from getting drenched in sweat, making it a cool fabric that allows your body to breathe.
Bamboo fabric have a natural UV protection which allows for thermal control and overall comfort in the midst of your day. With a 94% protection from UVA rays, and a 93% block from UVB, bamboo clothing is extremely resistant and will ensure you’re covered outside while keeping you cool.
One of the little-known facts of bamboo fabric, and potentially one of the best benefits, is that bacteria doesn’t live well in it. In the bamboo there is an agent called “bamboo kun”, which prevents the bacteria from embedding itself in the fibers. Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial and antifungal. As a result, you don’t have to worry about a stench developing deep in the fabric fibers, even after a few days. One more reason bamboo fabric activewear just makes sense.
For those with sensitive skin or allergies, bamboo is completely hypoallergenic. Due to its natural anti-stick property, you don’t have to worry about it rubbing and igniting a rash or being uncomfortable.
One of the best parts of bamboo is how environmentally friendly it is. While comfort of clothing is important, there’s much more to the benefits bamboo provides as a fabric. Here are a few of our favorite aspects of it.
Bamboo reaches its maturity much faster than trees do, about 4 years to be exact. With a deep root system, they are able to grow up to 4 feet per day! Naturally regenerative, bamboo also doesn’t require aid in growing, including fertilizers. Comparing to timber and cotton, the results are undeniable. There is absolutely no pesticides or use of any other chemicals in order to grow bamboo. Additionally, they thrive with very little water, making it a substantially sustainable source.
Trees are often regarded for their contribution to our breathing our air due to their absorption of carbon dioxide and releasing of oxygen. However, bamboo actually absorbs more carbon dioxide than any both cotton and timber, about five times more to be exact, and releases 35% more oxygen. Combined with the minimal water needed, bamboo is by far a superior eco-friendly option for the environment as a whole.
In comparison to cotton, the sheer volume of bamboo harvested is equivalent, with less of a detriment to land mass. To give an idea, if you were to yield the same amount of bamboo and cotton, the amount of land mass bamboo would cover to match it would only be 10% of the cotton land mass. Additionally, when bamboo is harvested, it is cut rather than uprooted like its tree counterpart, so it’s better for the soil as well. With its extensive root system, the bamboo prevents soil erosion and retains water.
In addition to the rest of the positive effects bamboo has on the environment, it is also 100% biodegradable. Moreover, bamboo fabrics are able to be manufactured without added chemicals.
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