Bamboo is cultivated without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers. It possesses the remarkable ability to absorb significant amounts of carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas, thereby contributing to sustainable and CO2-neutral production. As the fastest-growing plant in the world, bamboo forests constantly regenerate themselves. Once harvested, they quickly sprout anew from the same root system. Clothing made from bamboo viscose offers pH-neutral properties, excellent moisture-wicking capabilities, and a luxuriously soft feel. Additionally, it provides natural UV protection with a rating of 15. The plantations where bamboo grows are certified organic, and rest assured, we do not deprive pandas of their food. Both the bamboo fiber and thread used in our products are Oeko-Tex certified, ensuring their environmental and human safety. Oeko cert.2015
BBC News predicts a bamboo boom
It can be consumed, used in clothing, and even as a building material. At the same time, it has the ability to absorb significant amounts of carbon dioxide, the major greenhouse gas. According to BBC News, bamboo is now being hailed as the new super material of the 21st century. It is referred to as the “timber of the 21st century,” and it is believed to become an increasingly important source of income for the impoverished around the world. According to the World Bamboo Organization, the global bamboo market is currently valued at around 60 billion NOK, but experts anticipate at least a doubling of that figure in the next five years.
We have chosen to use bamboo as our main raw material because the cotton industry is already burdened enough. Cultivating and producing cotton requires a lot of energy and large amounts of water. It is estimated that around 25% of the world’s total use of insecticides is used in cotton production. Another issue is drinking water contaminated by pesticides from cotton production.
Our garments consist of 60% bamboo viscose and 40% cotton. Since we do not use elastic in our clothes, we depend on blending in cotton to ensure the strength of the fabric. Currently, the cotton is not organic as it would further increase the cost of the garments. We look forward to the day when Lilleba has reached a sufficient quantity to also use organic cotton. We believe that by incorporating bamboo, we are taking a step in the right direction.