Archive for October, 2008

Some interesting facts about bamboo

There is a plethora of information available on the Internet about the benefits of bamboo. To put some of it in a nutshell, some of the benefits of the bamboo plant include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bamboo is the fastest growing plant
  • Bamboo timber can be harvested every year after the first 7 years of growth
  • Bamboo generates 30% more oxygen than trees, thus helping to reduce “global warming”
  • Bamboo’s wide spread root system and large canopy make an excellent water control barrier
  • Bamboo can restore land damaged by poor agricultural practices

Bamboo is being used in many ways, such as building homes, making flooring and home remodeling materials like PlyBoo, making useful home items, and it makes fabulous clothing fiber.  Bamboo fiber is:

  • Bacteria, odor, and chemical-free
  • Breathable and cool
  • Absorbent and fast-drying
  • Soft and silky
  • 100% biodegradable

So if you’re still waiting to try bamboo clothing, don’t wait much longer. You will fall in love with it from the very first second you try it on; it is silky-soft and gives a “warm fuzzy” feeling right away. And it helps this cold-blooded girl feel warm without being overly hot like a wool sweater would. One of my favorites is the rib tank from Bamboosa, shown here. It makes a perfect layering piece under a shirt, or try it under a loose-weave sweater for an added splash of color.