Bamboo Lovers

Have we mentioned that we LOVE bamboo?!

We have nothing but love for Bamboo

Although we work with many different fabrics, our love of Bamboo is evident in the role it plays amongst the majority of our products.

We strive to utilize environmentally and socially responsible fabrics and processes while maintaining a superior quality product that is made locally in Canada. We love fabrics that have an inherent technical aspect to them. Bamboo is one of those with its anti-microbial qualities, ability to wick away moisture from your skin and ultra soft feel.

Questions about Bamboo

Are all your products made of bamboo?

No, we work with lots of different fabrics, including but not limited to acrylic, cotton, spandex and bamboo. We tend to veer towards fibers that are soft, washable and hypo-allergenic. We often mix fibers to create optimal fabric blends that enhance performance, stretch, wash ability and printability.

What is the difference between bamboo, bamboo viscose and rayon from bamboo fabrics?

They are all bamboo fabric, just labelled differently. In North America, there are regulations to label garments made from bamboo as bamboo viscose or rayon from bamboo in order to signify the process used to turn bamboo into a fiber. Unlike cotton, which can be picked and then spun into a yarn, bamboo needs to be processed from it’s raw format as a hard plant into a fiber. This process is a man made process similar to viscose or rayon, hence the name.

Where is your bamboo fabric made?

We work with a Canadian mill in Montreal to produce our proprietary blend of bamboo viscose/spandex. Bamboo grows natively in tropical and subtropical regions of the world and we work with suppliers in those areas to bring the yarns to Canada to knit the fabric.

Why is there so much controversy surrounding bamboo fabric?

We believe the controversy comes from misinformation. It used to be believed that bamboo was the same as cotton. The end product is similar in many ways (look, feel, wash ability to name a few), however, cotton grows as a fiber, whereas bamboo has to be processed into one. It is important to remember that the inherent qualities present in the bamboo still remain once it’s processed into a fiber and you benefit from its anti-microbial nature and moisture wicking properties.

So why do you use bamboo?

For lots of great reasons! Here are a few:

⤔ Fast growing.
⤔ Requires much less water than other crops (including cotton) in it's growth and harvesting.
⤔ Bamboo shoots are harvested at their base leaving the root system in tact for regeneration without need for replanting.
⤔ It is said that Bamboo crops minimize CO2 and produce 35% more oxygen than an equivalent amount of trees.
⤔ Requires no pesticide use in it's growth
⤔ It is inherently anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, odour resistant, moisture wicking and durable.
⤔ Garments made from Bamboo textiles are compostable and can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
⤔ Bamboo grows natively in tropical and subtropical regions of of the world and has a low impact on the environment.
⤔ Creates an unbelievably soft fiber and washes well.

What makes bamboo moisture wicking?

The fibrous quality of bamboo fabric creates small fiber “hairs” within the yarn that pull moisture away from your skin to regulate body temperature. Sometime mistaken for pilling, these fibers are actually the essence of bamboo fiber’s amazing wicking capabilities. We finish the fabric in a specific way during our dyeing process to keep the appearance of the fibers to a minimum, but they can be more visible on some colour fabrics than others. Just remember, they are there for a good reason - to keep you unbelievably comfortable!