The Bamboo Manufacturing process form Forest to Finish
We love bamboo so much that we use it for all of our products!
Bamboo is super-soft, breathable, durable, hypoallergenic, and eco-friendly thanks to its miracle source. The largest member of the grass family grows up to 4 feet a day and goes from seed to harvest in just three or four years with no pesticides or fertilizers!
Bamboo uses much less water than cotton plants and can thrive in areas that have very little rainfall. On top of that, it produces 35% more oxygen and absorbs five times more carbon per hectare than most trees.
All these wonderful attributes make bamboo one of the most sustainable resources on the planet!
But how is the green woody leafy stock converted to the soft and luxurious fabric that we all love?
Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how bamboo is manufactured from forest to finish.
- Once the green shoots are harvested, the leaves and stem are cut down into small pieces that are crushed to make bamboo pulp.
- The pulp is soaked in a solution of 15% to 20% caustic soda (sodium hydroxide) at a temperature of 20 - 25 degrees Celsius for 1 to 3 hours. The chemical reaction converts bamboo cellulose to alkali cellulose and removes impurities.
- Next, the bamboo alkali cellulose is pressed between rollers to squeeze out excess liquid which creates fluffy white flakes known as white crumbs.
- The white crumbs are then crushed by a grinder and “aged” in pure oxygen and controlled humidity & temperature for 2 to 3 days.
- Afterwards, carbon disulphide solution is added to transform the white crumbs into yellow crumbs in a process known as Xanthation.
- Later, the yellow crumbs are mixed with a lower concentration of caustic soda to create viscose solution.
- The viscose solution is then filtered and set aside to age for 4 and 5 days.
- After that, the solution is forced through a spinneret into an acid bath which thickens and generates cellulose bamboo fiber threads.
- Finally, the threads are washed, dried and pressed before they’re woven into bamboo fabric.
Sustainable production of bamboo is done through a closed-loop system which means that the water and chemicals used are recycled to reduce waste and minimize environmental impact.
Shopbambooyou cares deeply about the environment and we take extra measures to make sure our bamboo products are made sustainably from forest to finish.
So, now that you’re up to speed on the facts about bamboo, take a peek at our amazing collection of organic bamboo apparel and home textiles for women, men and babies!