Bamboo - The Sustainable Super Plant?

Have you noticed that bamboo products have been popping up more and more over the last fews years? Not exactly sure why? Me neither... 

Yes bamboo is loved by pandas far and wide, but it turns out its also a wonderful  way for those of us looking to reduce our carbon footprint to swap out the nasty single use plastics we know and hate. 

Why bamboo? How exactly can a sock be made with bamboo fibre? Why are bamboo products more expensive than plastic ones? These are questions I didn't know the answers to until today. So read on as I shed some light on the wonders of bamboo...

Why Bamboo? - Because it is the world's fastest naturally renewing resource which is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal & anti-bacterial. This makes it a wonderful resource for toiletries such as toothbrushes, soap dishes & razors. 

How are bamboo fibre socks made? - We sell them here at Accents and do I know how they are made? Absolutely not... so I did some research and it turns out that the process isn't too easy. I'll link the detailed version here but for those of you who want it short and sweet please enjoy my unbelievably condensed version: 

The bamboo leaves are crushed, soaked, pressed and left to dry for 24 hours. After this carbon disulphide is added which creates a jell like substance. Finally, after a lot of complicated scientific chemical nonsense, bamboo threads are spun into yarn then knitted into socks! Side note - they are also incredibly soft.

Why are bamboo products more expensive? Long story short - because materials such as cotton and polyester are produced on such a massive scale, they are able to be sold cheaper. Bamboo production is made on a much smaller scale which, in turn, influences the final cost to customers. The key point to remember however, is that the cheap plastic products we buy are doing far more damage to our earth and the cost of that is incredibly high!

So there we have it. Hopefully I cleared up some questions you may have had about bamboo products! I certainly know a thing or two more than I did yesterday. Have I converted you into a bamboo lover? If so why not check out our bamboo range here! - Bye for now, Sarah x 


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