Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bamboo Clothing Vs Organic Cotton Clothing

Bamboo Cathedral on the road to the Tracking S...Image via WikipediaBy Dagny McKinley

Those looking to get away from traditional cotton, and the pesticides, insecticides and general damage the growing of cotton does to the environment, have more options that just organic cotton. Alternatives to traditional clothing fall into two categories - organic and sustainable.

Organic clothing can be sustainable, meaning that the crop is grown without harmful chemicals (organic) and doesn't deplete the earth's health (sustainable). Likewise, crops that are considered sustainable, like bamboo, can also be organic. Note I say 'can,' this does not mean they necessarily are.

In order to keep soil healthy, organic farmers often plant a variety of crops that are complementary to one another, or they rotate where crops are grown so they don't deplete the soil of essential nutrients. Another method employed by organic and sustainable farmers is to encourage beneficial insects. This means they provide a habitat for birds that eat insects, or butterflies and bees that pollinate flowers.

As organic farmers know, having a balance of insects and the species that feeds on them prevents crops from succumbing to many bug infestations that can wipe out crops.

What does this all have to do with the bamboo that results in bamboo clothing? Bamboo is considered a sustainable resource. This means it grows rapidly, several inches per day, and when bamboo is harvested, it doesn't result in long-term damage to the area.

For example if an old growth forest is cut down, replacement of those trees could take several hundred years. With bamboo, harvesting can take place on a regular basis without wiping out the crop. Bamboo is similar to a weed. It grows quickly and can survive at almost any altitude and under many different weather patterns.

Bamboo is also considered a rain-fed crop, meaning we don't have to waste valuable water resources in order for it to grow. It simply survives off the rain it gets naturally. The roots of bamboo can help prevent erosion in soil sensitive areas and is a durable species, meaning it doesn't need pesticides or insecticides to grow.

People familiar with bamboo may think of bamboo flooring or bamboo housing, but not necessarily bamboo clothing. Is it comfortable? It really is. Bamboo as a textile is wicks away moisture, keeping the skin soft and dry, is breathable and silky soft. Bamboo can be found in clothing that ranges from bamboo t-shirts to skirts, yoga pants, jackets and more.

Be sure to check out bamboo clothing as an alternative to organic cotton clothing. You'll be amazed at the quality and comfort you find.

ONNO is a manufacturer of organic clothing, bamboo clothing and hemp clothing. ONNO believes in using sustainable and or organic fibers and is a socially responsible manufacturer. We use carbon offsets to balance out the transportation costs of our products. Find out more about ONNO.

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