3 Major Reasons Why Bamboo Is Superior To Cotton

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Why is bamboo better than cotton? 

Most people know that cotton is widely used in all types of garments. However, not everyone is aware of the alternatives. Bamboo is an alternative to cotton and one that is far superior. Here are a few reasons why you should consider ditching cotton and going for a more sustainable alternative.

Bamboo is sustainable

From an environmental standpoint, bamboo easily trumps cotton. 2.5% of all cultivated land is taken up by growing cotton alongside 16% of all insecticides. While cotton is the current favourite, it is really taxing on the environment. Bamboo, on the other hand, grows a lot quicker than cotton and can be grown without pesticides. While cotton is a really thirsty plant and may require up to 20 000 litres of water per kg, bamboo consumes two thirds less. The bamboo plant is harvested at its base as opposed to cotton where the whole root system is pulled up. By leaving the root system in the ground the soil stability is kept. It is clear that if we have the environment in mind bamboo fibres are your best bet. 

Bamboo is good for you

As opposed to cotton, bamboo carries multiple characteristics that are directly beneficial to you and your body. The most obvious is the softness. Bamboo is as soft as silk thanks to its chemical-free treatment. Bamboo is not treated with chemicals which leaves the fabric to be a lot smoother. Bamboo naturally contains a natural microbial agent referred to as “Bamboo Kun”. “Bamboo Kun” works against bacteria thriving on the garments and your skin. So while being more sustainable, breathable and durable than cotton, bamboo is also hypoallergenic, antibacterial and anti-fungal. Can it get better than that!?

Bamboo does not grow on trees but literally grows itself

Bamboo is self-replenishing meaning that it will magically sprout on its own and very rarely requires replanting. Compared to cotton, one acre of bamboo will yield up to ten times (!) more crops. Even though bamboo may not grow on trees, it still shines with its own magic.