The Ugly Truth about Bamboo Underwear
When I think of Bamboo underwear I immediately think of Kale, it's a strange correlation be here's why.
I connect them both as a 'Fad" I mean they have both been around for years before our time, they are both supposed to be good for you & they both found themselves wrapped up in a marketing fad, in my personal opinion. Remember when the price of Kale soared because all of a sudden it was cool to eat Kale... Bamboo was much the same except it's rise to fame was way before influencers made things trendier, it was a new point of difference in the men's underwear world & ladies underwear for that matter.
Don't get me wrong there are many advantages to Bamboo cotton, it has a silky smooth hand feel, it's light & comfy to wear, fast to dry, odour resistant & hypoallergenic.
However, have you ever wondered how do manufacturers transform bamboo in any form into comfortable men's underwear? Have you asked the question?
It claims to be eco friendly, & whilst if it is grown without chemicals then yes it is, but that's where it comes to an end.
Here are 7 Reasons why I believe you should consider whether purchasing Bamboo men's underwear is actually a good idea.
1. Nasty Chemicals Used - For bamboo to be turned into a bamboo viscose, cellulose is extracted from the plant through the use of harsh chemicals. It is then fed through a spinneret so the strands can solidify to make a fibre. Among the chemicals used in this process are sodium hydroxide, sulfuric acid, and carbon disulphide. These chemicals are incredibly harmful to living creatures and the environment. The use of the chemicals in factories affects factory workers, pollutes the air, and infects nearby water systems.
2. Hazardous Waste - Depending on the factory, chemicals such as carbon di-sulphate and zinc sulphate are released as bi-products during the viscose process. Both these chemicals are highly toxic to water-based organisms. If the chemicals are not disposed of as hazardous waste, they’ve washed away into water systems.
3. Pesticides Used In Crops There are also concerns that despite the fact that bamboo grows in the wild without any need for fertilisers or pesticides farmers are beginning to use these to increase their crop and make bamboo more valuable on a commercial scale.
4. Ecosystems Removed - Bamboo is generally grown and harvested in mono plantations. Mono plantations mean only one type of plant, bamboo, in this case, is planted in one area. Often forests and established ecosystems are removed to make way for mono plantations, and biodiversity is decreased. Plantlife, animals, insects, and the general ecosystem become more susceptible to disease, have access to less food, and the environment is usually stark and barren.
5. Toxic Waste - Even when the bamboo fabric is produced in a closed-loop system, there will always be toxic waste. If the company is able to provide evidence that the toxic waste is disposed of responsibly, that is great. If they blatantly deny that any waste is produced and claim to be 100% closed loop, that is really suspicious.
6. Misleading Marketing - The OEKOTEX is marketed to the consumer to make them think that the Bamboo products marked with them are free of chemicals, however, this is not the case! The Standard is good for our bodies as it ensures there are no chemicals left in the garment when complete, and therefore no chemicals come into contact with our skin when we wear the clothes. Yet, OEKOTEX does not refer to the chemicals used during the production process or ensures they were disposed of responsibly. In a nutshell, OEKOTEX ensures clothes are safe for the humans who wear them, but not for the environment or anyone else involved in the making of the garment.
7. Doesn't Wash Well - Bamboo underwear does not retain it's shape well after washing, I recall from my early product development days working with Bamboo underwear, it was a nightmare to get passed through our quality control office. It failed its recovery report every time after washing, & yes whilst this will eventually happen to all underwear it happens with Bamboo underwear much quicker in most cases. Meaning the consumer will have to replace their underwear more frequently than when they would have to with Cotton Underwear.
In conclusion, the choice is ultimately yours but we strongly recommend to ditch the bamboo underwear and move into Organic men's underwear. Many brands are coming on board like Bonds underwear, Bhumi underwear & yours truly Reer Endz Underwear!
To learn more about the benefits of Organic Cotton read our blog HERE. or alternatively Shop our Organic men's underwear range HERE
Oh & keep eating the Kale, we recommend Organic Kale of course, & leave the Bamboo for the Pandas.
Until Next time...