World Bamboo Day
Friday, 18 September 2020 | Joanna
It sometimes feels like everything has its own day, but one that we think is really worth celebrating is World Bamboo Day on 18 September.
Bamboo is a fantastic material to use for all sorts of products, some of which are quite surprising. It can be used as an effective crop for tackling climate change since it can capture between 100 and 400 tonnes of CO2 per hectare. All's Fair sells two distinct products made from bamboo:
We started selling bamboo socks a few years ago and back then it was a real talking point, and some people flat out refused to believe that something that started out life looking like this:
Ended up like this:
Our bamboo socks are made from 54% bamboo viscose as well as recycled polyester (from old plastic bottles!), organic cotton and some elastane for the stretch. The system of extracting the bamboo fibres makes it perfect for mixing with other materials.
So how on earth do they do it?
All viscose is derived from trees, which means that the more viscose you buy, unless it's bamboo, may be causing deforestation.
But you have to cut down bamboo trees to make the viscose so why doesn't that cause deforestation?
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing trees in the world. Some varieties can grow as much as a metre in a single day. Because of this speed, bamboo can be harvested every three months and doesn't need to be replanted, since it will start to grow again straight away.
How does it compare with cotton?
Cotton is very thirsty. It can take over 20,000 litres of water to grow 1kg of cotton - enough to make a pair of jeans and a T shirt. That's 10,000 of those large bottles of fizzy pop you get in supermarkets. In contrast
Our spun bamboo bowls are made by skilled artisans in Vietnam. They take strips of bamboo, wind them around a mould and use eco friendly glue to stick them together. Then lacquer is applied - in the case of New Overseas Traders' bamboo this is a natural lacquer derived from the cashew nut tree.
Our eggshell bamboo bowls and pots are - as the name suggests - decorated with eggshells. This means they are one of the more surprising products that are not suitable for vegans. Then swirls of gold, silver and coloured lacquer are applied to make the distinctive patterns. This is one of our best selling products as they are so versatile and make such a great present. Who doesn't need a little pot for knick-knacks?
Bamboo is an amazing and surprising material and it's definitely part of a sustainable future. So which of our fantastic ethical and eco-friendly bamboo products will you be taking home today?