Bamboo Baby - Organic & Bamboo - Shop



We stock a wide range of organic baby clothes and bamboo baby clothes from up and coming British brand Bamboo Baby, founded by sisters Chloe and Sophie in 2006.

Their baby clothing and childrens clothing is made from either bamboo, organic cotton or a bamboo and organic cotton mix.

Find out more about Bamboo Baby and the properties and benefits of organic cotton and bamboo fibre below:


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Why Bamboo & Bamboo Baby?

Bamboo is the most sustainable, organic all-natural plant fibre on earth with amazing silky softness.

Bamboo fabric is eco-friendly, absorbent, breathable, thermo-regulating and hypoallergenic. Bamboo Baby clothing comes in newborn - 24 months & Bamboo Kids clothing in 2 - 7 years.

 Founded in London in 2006 Bamboo Baby is a unique and contemporary brand that aims to have minimum negative impact on the environment.

 They aim to run the company in as green a way as possible, using Good Energy who supply 100% renewable energy, recycling, using eco cleaning products and eating organic in the office, shipping goods by sea and using recycled and recyclable packaging.

They donate 1% of their turnover each month to environmental or baby & children’s charities

The following information is kindly provided by Bamboo Baby and is Copyright to them.

What is bamboo fibre?

Bamboo fibre is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo fabric has been growing in popularity because it has many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibres. Bamboo fabric is light and strong, has excellent wicking properties, is very soft and can be worn directly next to the skin. Many people who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers do not complain of this issue with bamboo. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating properties and will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter and the fabric is able to take bright dye colors well. Bamboo fabric is favoured by companies trying to use sustainable textiles, because the bamboo plant is very quick growing and does not usually require the use of pesticides to thrive. As a result, bamboo plantations can easily be kept organic and replanted yearly to replenish stocks.

Are chemicals used in the processing of bamboo fibre?

Yes, and anyone that claims otherwise is giving a false picture. There are two ways of making bamboo fibre - one produces a type of viscose fabric and the other processes the bamboo mechanically to produce a type of linen fabric. The main chemical used in the processing of bamboo to make bamboo viscose is sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). This is exactly the same chemical that is used in the processing of organic cotton. Sulphuric acid and carbon disulfide are also used. Although sodium hydroxide and sulphuric acid are unpleasant chemicals, when they react together a neutralisation reaction occurs and the products are sodium sulphate salt and water which are both non-hazardous. The chemicals are used in a controlled environment inside the factory and many factories use a closed-loop process meaning the chemicals are not allowed to escape into the environment. Most bamboo viscose fibre is certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100 - an international testing and certification system for textiles, limiting the use of certain chemicals. The mechanical method of processing only uses about 10% of the chemicals used in the viscose method so is better for the environment, but this fabric (called bamboo litrax) is not yet widely available.

What dyes are used?

Bamboo fibre is usually dyed using reactive dyes which do not require the use of toxic mordants. Since the dyes are colourfast, they will not bleed into wash water, leading to a reduction in dyeladen water runoff, which can be harmful for the environment.

What are the benefits of bamboo fibre over conventional cotton?

One of the great things about bamboo is that the fabric is extremely soft and comfortable to wear, much softer than cotton. Although chemicals are still used in the processing of bamboo fibre, the chemicals are used inside the controlled environment of the factory and bamboo grows without the need for pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers. Cotton is considered the world's 'dirtiest' crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous type of pesticide to human and animal health. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop. The pesticides sprayed onto conventional cotton are used out in the open rather than in the controlled environment of a factory, and according to the World Health Organisation there are 20,000 deaths a year from pesticide poisoning, many of those attributed to cotton farming. The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or"known" human carcinogens.

Bamboo Fibre Factsheet Copyright Bamboo Baby Ltd 2010

What is organic cotton?

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilisers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organisations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. In addition, regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.

Are chemicals used in the processing?

Yes, and anyone who claims otherwise is giving a false picture. The good news is that far fewer chemicals are used than in conventional cotton processing. According to the terms of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) the following chemicals are just some of those allowed in organic cotton processing: ammonia, ammonium hydrogen sulphate, sodium sulphate, hydrogen peroxide bleaches, sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) and sulphuric acid. Sodium hydroxide and sulphuric acid are the same chemicals used in the processing of bamboo fibre. During the mercerisation process (a process which makes the cotton stronger, smoother, and shinier and allows it to take dye more readily, whilst also reducing shrinkage) the cotton fibres are immersed in a sodium hydroxide bath and then into a sulphuric acid bath to neutralise the acid. Although sodium hydroxide and sulphuric acid are unpleasant chemicals, when they react together a neutralisation reaction occurs and the products are sodium sulphate salt and water which are both nonhazardous. The chemicals are used in a controlled environment inside the factory and many factories use a closed-loop process meaning the chemicals are not allowed to escape into the environment.

What dyes are used?

Natural mineral dyes and dyes from organically grown plants should be used. These dyes need chemicals called mordants to bind. The following list of mordants are just some of those allowed according to GOTS: aluminium potassium sulphate, ammonium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) and sulphuric acid.

What are the benefits of organic cotton over conventional cotton?

Although chemicals are still used in the processing of organic cotton, the chemicals are used inside the controlled environment of the factory and far fewer chemicals are allowed (over 8000 chemicals are used in conventional cotton processing compared to less than 200 in organic cotton processing). Organic cotton is also grown using far fewer pesticides. Conventionally grown cotton is considered the world's 'dirtiest' crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous type of pesticide to human and animal health. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop. The pesticides sprayed onto conventional cotton are used out in the open rather than in the controlled environment of a factory, and according to the World Health Organisation there are 20,000 deaths a year from pesticide poisoning, many of those attributed to cotton farming. The Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens. Unfortunately cotton is a vulnerable crop with many insect pests such as aphids, boll weevils, caterpillars and boll worms and even organically grown cotton needs some pesticides. GM cotton is not allowed to be called organic. Because pesticides are usually produced from petro-chemicals, reducing pesticide use reduces the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere.

Organic Cotton Factsheet Copyright Bamboo Baby Ltd 2010

 

 


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