The bamboo, king of the humid tropical and subtropical regions of Asia. Bambusa vulgaris, this is its scientific name, belongs to the family Gramineae, and is traditionally known for its extreme strength and durability. Some species of bamboo also can produce 35% more oxygen than other types of plants and trees.
Bamboo has even talked about Confucius, who thought him a paragon of virtue for men, for its ability to “grow up right, but ready to bend when necessary” and therefore an example of humility, modesty, joy and eternal youth.
That’s because the bamboo is enjoying a golden moment, because today, in addition to being admired as an ornamental plant, if they are discovering a thousand and one uses!
The bamboo plant can grow up to 30-40 meters in height, and by virtue of this is an excellent building material for huts of the villages in the East, bamboo is also used as conduits of ‘water, and its sprouts are a food greatly appreciated.
In the West uses of bamboo are multiplied by the range and furniture industry, the parquet to the jewels as the bracelet bamboo recycled from excess production of the collection Bedrock, the most important innovations are, however, the textile industry.
Bamboo is in fact proving to be a versatile and environmentally friendly raw material, is also a highly resistant plant, which is why it is being used for the production of natural fabrics for eco-friendly clothing lines.
To produce bamboo clothing, you must use a fiber extracted from the pulp of the plant, from which it derives the bamboo fabric, which is not only lightweight and durable, but also has antibacterial and disinfectant properties: This is eco-friendly fabric able to absorb and evaporate sweat in seconds also gives a wonderful feeling of freshness.
Bamboo fabric is particularly suitable for athletes and hottest days. There are many delicious ideas on sports clothing: leggings, bamboo, and then top, t-shirts and other garments made from bamboo for sport and leisure for both us women and for boys also.
In addition, the bamboo fiber is used to make towels, blankets, shirts, socks, but the new frontier of application concerns the intimate, being very soft, comfortable and antibacterial. For this purpose the line created by Sarah Lucy Smith and Rose Cleary-Southwood is made of cotton fibers, hemp and bamboo Kickers Green, the name of the line, wants to demonstrate that ethical choices can be both fun and a hint of sensuality which never hurts. Other items in bamboo? The male and female models very nature of Bambooclothes.
Finally, for leisure, for a total style bamboo is also a bike! With funding from the Earth Institute at Columbia University, this prototype bike has become a growing business alternative. The bamboo bike after being tested in Ghana (where climatic conditions allow the rapid growth of this plant to a meter per day) were introduced in the U.S. market with great success. The bamboo frame has great advantages: the whole bike lighter, absorbs vibration much better than other materials, is durable enough to ensure reliability of tens of years is sustainable and costs from 1500 to 2000 € depending on the model, a fair price when compared to that of a carbon fiber bicycle, making it a valid alternative.
So go-ahead to bamboo, with a little foresight, however, we are careful when we choose the origin certificate and choose bamboo or recycled, not to endanger this precious plant, already threatened by exploitation and industrial premises.