February 15, 2020 4 min read

What Are The Benefits of Bamboo Fabric?

Bamboo boxers 

When designing our line of men's boxers and boxer briefs, we tested thousands of fabrics from all over the world. For Chill Boys and most other apparel companies, choosing the right material is one of the most important decisions we can make.  

Our success and very existence are dependent on our ability to provide customers with the most comfortable underwear possible. So the design, fit, and function need to be the best, and it also means the fabric must be the best - better than cotton and other fabrics commonly used to make men's underwear. We will always test new materials and continue to innovate, but our bamboo fabric has quickly secured its spot as a top choice by customers all around the world.  

 

So Much to Love About Bamboo Fabric

Why do people love bamboo fabric? What makes the bamboo fabric so great? Why is bamboo fabric an excellent choice for underwear? Let's take a deep dive into some of the reasons bamboo fabric is so great for clothing and apparel and especially awesome for comfortable men's boxers.

So what are the advantages of bamboo fabric? Also commonly referred to as viscose from bamboo, rayon, and bamboo fiber fabric. 

  • Don't sweat it! Bamboo absorbs sweat- It will wick moisture away from your skin to keep you dry and comfortable.
  • No stank! Bamboo is antibacterial - keeping you free of funky odors so you will smell healthy and fresh.
  • Soooo chill - Insulating properties - Will help keep you cooler in the summer and comfortably warmer in the winter.
  • Like butter on your skin - Bamboo is one of the softest natural fabric fibers for a silky smooth feel with minimal friction.
  • Achoo! Hypoallergenic - Natural bamboo fabric could help alleviate allergic reactions.
  • Like getting a hug from mother nature - Eco-friendly - As one of the fastest-growing plants on earth, bamboo is a renewable resource and does not require harmful pesticides to thrive.

 Sorry, a brief bit of history

Bamboo Forest

 In the early days, the most common item made from bamboo was paper, and this bamboo paper-making process was invented in China. Bamboo was popular for many other products besides paper, including the construction of houses, and most products we make from wood today. Thanks to modern manufacturing, bamboo pulp is now capable of creating bamboo fiber, which we use to make amazing yarns and fabric. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo fiber is created by pulping the bamboo grass until it separates into thin threads of fiber, and then spun and dyed for weaving into yarn.

People often wonder if bamboo fabric is actually made from bamboo. Well, it sure is! The bamboo stem is ground into a pulp to separate the fibers and then washed to remove natural sugars, bleached to remove its color, and spun into yarns. Other materials like cotton and wool can be added, depending on the properties needed for the fabric. This production process is similar to making paper, but the softer bamboo fibers are genuinely ideal for clothing products like super soft undies!

Bamboo fiber fabric is similar in feel and softness to silk. The bamboo fibers are naturally smoother and rounder with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin. Bamboo fabric is also hypoallergenic and an excellent choice for people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers such as wool or hemp.  

On that same note, bamboo is also antibacterial and anti-fungal. This is because bamboo possesses an antimicrobial agent called "Bamboo Kun," which gives the plant a natural resistance to pest and fungi infestation allowing it to naturally flourish and grow in the wild without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. This beneficial quality of the plant remains in its textile form, keeping the user feeling fresher and odor-free for longer, and making the clothing more hygienic.

Unlike many other fabrics, bamboo is extremely breathable. The natural bamboo plant keeps itself cool in the heat and amazingly maintains this ability when used as a fabric. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps giving the material better moisture absorption and ventilation. As a result, it can keep the user almost two degrees cooler in the heat and noticeably warmer in the cold. Bamboo fabric is also anti-static and UV protective, providing the consumer with even more advantages of enjoying clothing made with bamboo.

bamboo fabric infographic

Care and Washing 

We recommend washing bamboo clothing using the gentle cycle, with cold or lukewarm water, If machine drying, use low heat as higher temperature drying may cause the bamboo clothing to lose its shape sooner. We recommend avoiding ironing bamboo clothes, but if necessary, it should be ironed on low heat only.

Eco-Friendly Fabric

While no fabric or manufacturing process is perfect, there is a lot to like about bamboo fabric. You can read what others like about bamboo clothing here.

One of the most exciting benefits is that it can be an eco-friendly option. Bamboo is a tropical grass and has an extensive rooting system that grows on average four to six new shoots a year. Certain species of bamboo can grow 36 inches within 24 hours! Not only is bamboo fast-growing and renewable, but it is also biodegradable, so you can feel good about feeling good!

The popularity of bamboo fiber fabric is taking off. While here at Chill Boys, we are focused on making the best men's boxers, boxer briefs, and underwear, you can find other clothing and apparel brands using bamboo fabric for items such as: 

  • Bamboo sheets
  • Bamboo pillowcases
  • Bamboo socks
  • Bamboo t-shirts
  • Bamboo towels. 

Maybe we will add these items to our lineup someday, but for now, we love the challenge of making the best men's boxers and boxer briefs for thousands of happy customers all around the world.


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