Bamboo textiles are seen as eco-friendly due to the sustainability merits of the plant. It can be grown without artificial irrigation in its own natural environment. Requiring only rainwater, some species can grow up to 120cm per day! Isn't that unbelievable? In fact, it holds the Guinness World Record for being the world's fastest-growing plant. Another environmental positive of bamboo is that it has a particularly extensive root system that grows new shoots each year after being cut. New stems can be harvested again and again making it self-sustaining. It is fast-growing and regenerating, maturing to harvest after only three-five years. In addition, the extensive root system reduces soil erosion by up to 75% - soil erosion decreases crop fertility and can lead to flooding.
Bamboo can be grown organically as it requires no pesticides, no insecticides, and no fertilizers. A bamboo plantation produces up to 35% more oxygen, and absorbs four times as much carbon, than an equivalent area of hardwood trees improving air quality.
This is all great information for the environment right? But it doesn't help if your bamboo panties just end up in the landfill. The beauty of bamboo is that it is biodegradable. The decomposition process doesn’t cause any pollution to the environment. Our landfills are already too full, and man-made fibers take several lifetimes to degrade. We want to use a green material that will simply return to the earth at the end of its life as a garment.