Heads up, fashionistas! There is a new fabric in town joining the local tribe of natural textile fibers such as pineapple, abaca, and banana. These fibers are being converted into textile or fabric through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST’s) textile processing technology.
Various nations, including the Philippines, have pushed for the increase in people’s awareness of bamboo’s importance in our lives. In fact, the Philippine Textile Research Institute, the textile arm of DOST, has identified eight provinces in the country as potential Bamboo Textile Fiber Innovation Hubs. These hubs will produce and manufacture sustainable bamboo textile production and manufacturing. (Read: The Ultimate Guide To Becoming A Certified Plant Tita or Tito)
For Philippine Bamboo Month, My Pope takes you to the runway of the many benefits of bamboo textiles.
Bamboo Textile Is Sustainable
Bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world. Once harvested, it can replenish itself within a year. It is a prolific and resilient plant—it does not even need fertilizers to boost its growth or pesticides because it’s natural pest-resistant! This is a huge step from cotton or timber, which needs to be replanted at every harvest and requires much spraying and watering for growth. (Read: 5 Times Pope Francis Championed Sustainable Living)
Bamboo Textile Is Eco-Friendly
Bamboo requires no chemicals and very little water to grow. It also absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air and releases more oxygen into the environment which improves air quality. Compared to cotton, it does not require extensive irrigation and chemical spraying. Did you know that a single cotton T-shirt can use up to 2700 liters of water? In this case, bamboo wins in the “green” category!
Bamboo Textile Is Similar to the Softness of Silk.
Bamboo is one of the softest fabrics on the planet. And since the fibers of bamboo are without chemicals, they are naturally smoother without those sharp spurs that irritate the skin. With that, bamboo is perfect for those who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers such as wool or hemp. (Read: Check Out These Affordable Stay-At-Home Outfits With SM Deals!)
Bamboo Textile Is Extremely Breathable and Antibacterial
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Because bamboo grows without pesticides or fertilizers, it has a natural bio-agent called “Bamboo Kun” which kills the bacteria on the fabric. This leaves the wearer feeling fresher and odor-free for longer, making the garment healthier and hygienic. It is also breathable since the cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps that makes the fabric more absorptive with better ventilation.
Bonus benefit: Bamboo is anti-static and UV protective—it actually cuts 98% of harmful UV rays!