The list of environmental benefits of bamboo is long:
– Bamboo has the advantage of growing very fast: it reaches its maximum height (up to 35m) in about 8 to 10 weeks.
– It can be harvested without affecting negatively the environment and continues to grow without having to reseed.
– Compared to other plantations, bamboo uses only 1/3 of the water and does not need any artificial irrigation system – rainwater alone is efficient enough.
– It generates up to 35% more oxygen than other plantations and the emission of carbon dioxide is minimized, as 1 hectare bamboo is able to absorb 62 tons of CO2 a year while a forest can only absorb 15 tons.
– It grows in a high density, which is an important fact as soil is becoming scarce due to the increasing population. 1 hectare bamboo can produce 60ton of raw-materials, while a forest can only offer 20 tons, and a hectare of traditional cotton can only produce 2 tons.
– Bamboo grows in areas that are not used for cultivation and does not disrupt food production.
The bamboo yarn is obtained from viscose, which is derived from the pulp of the plant. This extraction process, demands water and chemical solvents and therefore reduces the environmental benefits gained during the farming phase. In order to minimize this negative impact on the environment as much as possible RE-BELLO combines the fiber of bamboo (70%) with organic cotton (30%). The fiber obtained is biodegradable, supremely soft, silky and hypoallergenic. Find below an overview on certificates, technologies and innovations of our producers.
OEKO-TEX ® Standard 100The Organic Content Standard (OCS) relies on third-party verification to verify a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. It does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material. All RE-BELLO products in jersey bamboo, eucalyptus (Tencel) and beechwood (Modal Edelweiss) present this certificate. More information on Oeko-Tex.
Organic Content StandardThe Organic Content Standard (OCS) relies on third-party verification to verify a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. It does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material. More information on Textileexchange.
It is a challenge to find the perfect fabric among all sustainable materials. Different fabrics have different advantages and disadvantages for the environment in all the various phases of the production process.
Bamboo, for example, even if presenting very high benefits in farming (high soil yield, low water consumption, etc.), is an artificial fiber which needs to be extracted.
On the other hand, cotton is a natural fiber but it presents the disadvantage of the low soil yield and the fact that it steals precious areas that could potentially be used for food farming.
Our aim is to further improve the selection of sustainable materials and to concentrate, where possible, on new and innovative materials with a particular focus on upcyling&recycling.