NorthbyNorth’s love affair with bamboo garden furniture is well documented but maybe you don’t know that bamboo is the preferred material in many other industries.
Originating in the Far East, it is not surprising that bamboo is part of the staple diet for pandas and it is the material used to make the Philippine bamboo xylophone, known as a gabbang. It has also been used to make other instruments like harmonicas and drums to name a few.
However, as the world acknowledges the need to work towards more sustainable methods of production, this precious and highly flexible material is being adapted for many different uses. For example, a growing number of companies within the worldwide apparel industry are now including bamboo as a sustainable element within their supply chain. This is due to bamboo’s high level of sustainability which helps work towards the ‘greenization’ of the industry.
In the East, bamboo has been used in the construction of bridges, scaffolding and houses for centuries. Bamboo’s regeneration rate makes it a super-sustainable material for the construction industry.
It grows much faster than trees. Most trees can only be harvested every 25-50 years, which means that every tree that is cut down is a tragedy. Whereas, bamboo can be harvested every 3-6 years, depending on the species. The use of bamboo can potentially have a huge positive impact on slowing down and reversing the problem of deforestation. At the very least, it allows the timber forests the time to regenerate.
Briefly touched upon above, bamboo’s flexibility allows it to be used in clothing. Yes, clothing! Most clothes today are manufactured using cotton or manmade materials such as polyester. Yet, bamboo can be used instead, which would help the fashion industry achieve their sustainable production goals. The higher level of sustainability is due to the reduced water consumption during its lifetime and speedy regenerative properties.
When used in the production of lingerie and underwear, bamboo is processed to create ‘bamboo rayon’, a soft, silky material which has more breathability and stretch than natural cotton. Although a chemical process is used to produce the bamboo rayon, bamboo apparel is still many steps up the sustainability ladder than the traditional alternatives.
At NorthbyNorth, we truly believe that the usage of bamboo, especially strengthened by new R&D processes, is one of the most groundbreaking materials and the key to greener industry. This is also one of the main reasons why we’re proud to champion this unique, beautiful and flexible material.