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About Bamboo

An evergreen plant and a member of the true grass family Poaceae, bamboo is the fastest growing woody perennial on the planet, and some of the giant species can grow up to four feet per day. Most bamboo species grow in the tropics; however, some varieties occur naturally in subtropical and temperate zones of all continents except Europe. The growing zone ranges from latitudes 46 °N to 47 °S and from sea level to over 13,000 feet (4,000 m) in elevation.

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Bamboo is an important resource for livelihood, generating income and improving the nutritional status of over 2 billion poor people mostly in rural communities. It also provides the resource base for expanding Small and Medium Enterprise sector, providing employment and income generating opportunities to alleviate poverty especially in rural areas and communities. With such properties bamboo can be considered an excellent entry point for poverty alleviation programs and initiatives.

Furthermore Bamboo benefits rural-urban communities as it (a) blends itself to agricultural approaches, (b) can be grown on non-agricultural land with annual harvests, (c) is easily processed by simple tools because it splits linearly, (d) Bamboo based industrial development benefits the communities through its demand for human resources for growing, harvesting, transportation and processing of bamboo, (e) Provides nutritious food in the form of bamboo shoots (f) bamboo also works for land protection, soil quality improvements including improved water holding capacity, higher water capture and recharge benefiting agriculture and food security.

Environmental Benefits of Bamboo

Cleans the Air

Bamboo gives us clean air to breathe, consumes carbon dioxide and, because bamboo forests are so dense, returns 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees. Some bamboo sequester up to 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the air per hectare.

Requires Less Energy and Water

It takes much less energy to grow and sustain bamboo than other similar trees and plants used for fiber production. Bamboo plantations require very little maintenance. Bamboo also requires very little water and can survive drought conditions as well as flooding.

Reclaims Land

Because of its rapid growth and root structure, bamboo can, in a very short time, reclaim land destroyed by overgrazing and over-building and clean the soil of toxins.

Can Be Grown Without Pesticides

Bamboo can be grown without pesticides or chemicals because of its own antibacterial agent.

Can Be Harvested Sustainably

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it a high yield renewable resource. It can be selectively harvested annually and is capable of complete regeneration without need to replant.

100% Biodegradable

Unlike synthetic fibers which incorporate petroleum additives, bamboo clothing is safe for municipal disposal programs, whether by landfill or incineration.

Some benefits of NatureFab Bamboo fabric:

  • Antibacterial – keeps you odor free and feeling and smelling fresh
  • Highly sweat absorbent (Pulls moisture from skin for evaporation – moisture wicking) keeps you dry
  • Powerfully insulating keeps you cooler in summer and warmer in winter
  • One of the softest fabrics on the planet you’ll love the way it feels
  • Naturally UV protective – protect yourself from skin cancer
  • Hypoallergenic – natural bamboo does not cause allergic reactions
  • Most Eco-friendly fabric on the planet – help save your planet

Some fun facts about Bamboo:

  • Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth with a growth rate of over 12 inches per day
  • It is tremendously strong and pest resistant therefore no fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation is required.
  • Also it does not require replanting as the shoots are cut to their base and the bamboo re-grows from new shoots.

Sustainable

Bamboo is amazing – it is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. Also once harvested, bamboo can replenish itself within a year and some species grow a whopping 120cm per day! It is a naturally prolific and resilient plant, which does not need fertilizers to boost its growth, or pesticides since bamboo is naturally pest-resistant. This marks it out from cotton or timber, which needs to be replanted at every harvest and requires extensive spraying and watering to achieve optimal growth.

Eco Friendly

Bamboo requires no chemicals and very little water to grow, therefore it is an environmental wonder plant. Above all, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than either cotton or timber. Moreover it also releases more oxygen into the environment which improves air quality. However Cotton farming, on the other hand, famously requires extensive irrigation and chemical spraying – a single cotton T-shirt can use up to 2700 liters of water in the growing process!

Biodegradable

Bamboo is 100% natural and biodegradable which gives conscientious consumers real peace of mind. Once you have no further use for a bamboo product you can rest easy, knowing that it will return to the Earth leaving minimal environmental impact. Plastic, on the other hand, will continue to clog up the ecosystem for the remainder of your lifetime, your children’s lifetime and your grandchildren’s lifetime. So much better to enjoy a product that has a small environmental footprint and leaves barely a trace.

“NatureFab Bamboo t shirt is by
far the greener option.”