To reiterate; bamboo is tough
It seems strange that we can wear a resource that is also used to build bridges which withhold vehicles of up to 14515kgs, but it’s totally possible. When bamboo is mechanically turned into a fabric, it ends up as a bamboo linen. The result is beautiful to wear and takes well to dyes, but so labour intensive and expensive, that you can rarely find it in the market.
The process involves a few different steps: first crushing the wooden bamboo stalks, using natural enzymes to turn it into a mush, and finally combing it out using machinery which then allows it to be spun into yarn. A very similar process to hemp or flax linen, but far more difficult to produce.
Even when bamboo is produced mechanically, the greenest type of bamboo fabric, we still need to be cautious. We know bamboo is an overachiever when it comes to growth, but we don’t know when pesticides are used to intensify growth further. Then comes the questions around what ecosystems are being destroyed to make way for bamboo fields, and how much the people are paid for their labour-intensive efforts in harvesting it.
There are countless layers to everything, and it’s hard to keep up. But it’s so important to understand our clothes from seed to garment- staying ignorant isn’t an option anymore.