Breathable comfort for every day
Bamboo is a very versatile plant: it has been often used for building furniture and creating instruments. CORA chose to make clothes using this natural fibre. Why? This 100% biodegradable fibre has plenty of advantages for you and your baby: it is anti-irritating, anti-bacterial, with thermal properties and protects against UV rays. Moreover, it is highly breathable and absorbent as sweat evaporates up to three times faster than traditional cotton. Generally, the cultivation of bamboo has no negative effects on the environment because bamboo only needs one-third of water with respect to other plantations and does not need an artificial irrigation system. Moreover, it keeps on growing with no need of new seeds. Interestingly, bamboo has a high production yield and a high density, which are both important facts as the cultivated soil becomes scarcer year after year due to constant increases in population growth. Furthermore, bamboo grows in regions that are not suitable for the cultivation of other crops, meaning that bamboo does not stand in the way of food plantations. The main bamboo-producer countries are situated in Asia.
Bamboo fibre is becoming extremely popular and the extraction process is fascinating. Firstly, the bamboo plant is broken down and the pulp is then processed through multiple production steps. Then, viscose is obtained by leaving the pulp in a mixture of water, natriumhydroxid and coal disulfit, which is later pressed on paper-thin nozzles and dipped into a basin filled with a solution of water and sulfuric acid. This process hardens the viscose that is turned back into bamboo pulp. Finally, due to the high consumption of water and chemicals, it may be harmful to the environment. That is why professionals are working hard to constantly improve it. To reduce any negative impact of bamboo extraction process on the environment, CORA Happywear mixes the bamboo fibre with 30% of organic cotton during the spinning phase. The result is a very soft, breathable and wicking fabric.
You will love to wear CORA bamboo clothes: incredibly pleasant and comfortable, fluffy and soft like silk.
Scroll down to discover more about the advantages of the bamboo fibre compared to the traditional cotton.
Excellent yield: up to 1m growth per day
One of the advantages of bamboo is that it grows very fast (up to 1 meter a day) without the use of any pesticides or insecticides. Bamboo grass reaches its maximum height (up to 35 m) in about eight to ten weeks. Indeed, the plant matures quickly and the harvest time is estimated to be within 4-5 years.
A hectare of bamboo generates 60 tons of raw material,, while traditional cotton only produces 2 tons of raw material.
Reduced water consumption
Did you know that bamboo doesn't like water? If bamboo is watered too much, its roots rot. In fact, bamboo plants only need constant weekly watering once they have been newly planted. Afterwards, rain water is simply enough. Indeed, the bamboo grass can survive in regions with a humid and tropical weather. In comparison to other plants, bamboo only needs a third of water and does not need an artificial irrigation system.
Bamboo is so versatile that some varieties can also grow in extreme conditions, such as in very cold climates where the temperature drops below zero in winter!
Up to 35% more oxygen
Bamboo produces up to 35% more oxygen than other plantations and creates less carbon dioxide emissions. One hectare of bamboo absorbs 62 tons of CO2 per year, while a tree forest only absorbs 15 tons in the same time span. This means that cultivating bamboo has a positive impact on the so-called carbon footprint: it improves air quality and living conditions of people, and helps reducing environment degradation.
The bamboo fibre is biodegradable. All types of fiber used in CORA Happywear products are biodegradable and compostable under industrial and domestic soil, freshwater and marine conditions. So, they can fully return to nature. At the end of its efficient cycle of life, bamboo fibre can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
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