The bamboo yarn is composed of the woody fibre of the plant, which can be extracted in two different ways:
stems and leaves to the action of enzymes which naturally shatter the bamboo; the fibres are then combed and transformed through different processes: in this way you get a high-quality and
resistant yarn, without the use of chemical components
•a chemical processing for which, through a bleaching process and the use of binders substances, a cellulose fibre is obtained: in this way we have the bamboo viscose, currently produced only in China, which holds the patent. Unfortunately, to unite and to compact the components, chemical solvents (which are seriously detrimental to health) are often used: so it is good to check the certifications of the producers mainly of bamboo viscose fabric.
Bamboo grows mainly in tropical countries; its cultivation does not require chemical fertilizers and improves the land on which it is made. The plant is also fully biodegradable; for all these factors, the cultivation of bamboo is highly sustainable.
The bamboo fibre is hollow so:
• retains heat in winter and cold in summer,
• absorbs moisture very well and lets it evaporate quickly
• guarantees a total protection from UV rays and is a very elastic fibre
• the fabrics that results is soft and silky
The bamboo is antimicrobial and hypoallergenic and this is due to a natural antibacterial element (bamboo-kun) also contained in the fibre and resistant after 100 washes. For this reason and for its great absorbency and moisture dispersion, it is often used in the production of sanitary materials, underwear and infant clothing, towels and cloth diapers.
Despite a common belief, the bamboo fibre is as strong as the flax, but much softer. The problem is that the textile made with the true bamboo fibre is often exchange the one made with bamboo viscose (most widespread on the market), making confusion with the characteristics.
The bamboo viscose turns out to be more yielding and less resistant than the fabric obtained without chemical processes, because the fibre used is shorter (derived from wood, shavings and leaves) and chemically regenerated.
WASHING INSTRUCTION FOR BAMBOO CARRIERS
The baby carrier containing the bamboo fibre can be washed in a washing machine at 40 °C, it can be put in the dryer with a light cycle and can be ironed (preferably when it is still wet).
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