Eco-friendly Bamboo Fiber
by Benny Yu on Jul 20, 2022
Plant fibers have always made a clear contribution to the economic prosperity and sustainability of our lives, as they are used in almost every item we use in our daily lives. In recent years, there has been an increasing demand for more comfortable and environmentally friendly products, and to meet these demands, researchers in the textile field have been focusing on renewable and biodegradable sources and environmentally friendly processes. Among natural fiber plants, bamboo is by far the most popular because of its multiple applications and its significant contribution to the environment with negligible intake of propagation.
For textile applications, bamboo fibers are mainly produced by the highest bamboo species Phyllostachys edulis, which is commonly known as "Moso". In addition, bamboo is one of the most productive sources of cellulose, and recycled bamboo viscose fibers have also conquered the market. This is mainly due to their claimed antimicrobial properties, biodegradability, high moisture absorption capacity, soft and smooth hand and UV protection. Currently, recycled bamboo fibers are used in apparel (underwear, sports textiles, T-shirts and socks), hygiene products (sanitary napkins, absorbent pads, masks, bandages and surgical gowns), UV protective clothing, home textiles, food packaging bags, etc.