At Bibevie, we are working really hard to make our business as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible, whilst also not compromising on delivering a product that you and your baby will love. That's why we've chosen to use a gorgeous blend of bamboo and organic cotton as the main fabric for our baby clothes.
Soft and snuggly
Bamboo fibres are much finer than other materials, which means it feels much softer on your baby's delicate skin. It's also hypoallergenic, so much less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Our customers are amazed at how soft and comfortable our baby clothes are - check out some of our reviews!
Generally speaking, bamboo doesn't require any chemicals to grow. Some farmers do still use pesticides; however, the farmers that grow our bamboo don't. Our processing takes place in a closed-loop process, which means that all waste materials are accounted for and disposed of responsibly. The chemicals used are natural chemicals without synthetic dyes, and no harmful chemicals are released into the environment due to the effluent water treatment plant. Remaining chemicals are converted into fertilisers to be used in a water plantation. Full safety precautions are taken to protect workers in this environment.
Only needs rainwater
We've all heard the horrifying statistic about how many litres of water it takes to grow the material for a pair of jeans (about 7500 litres for a single pair, if you haven't heard, according to the UN) - what we love about bamboo is that it only requires rainwater to grow.
Bamboo grows very densely, so it's an efficient use of land. To harvest the bamboo plant, the roots are left intact - this means that the valuable ecosystem living around the roots and in the soil is left untouched. It also promotes faster growth of the plant. Bamboo is actually a grass, and it grows incredibly quickly - sometimes up to a meter a day. It can take between 1 and 5 years for a bamboo plant to grow to maturity; much quicker than other materials.
Takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere
Bamboo can hold 4 times the carbon dioxide of other similarly sized plants or trees, and it emits 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere, making it great for the environment.
Bamboo fabric is highly absorbent and is able to hold much more water than cotton - perfect for bibs for our favourite dribbly babies. This also means that it absorbs dye much better than other materials, and as such requires less dye to give a strong colour.
No waste products
Almost every part of a bamboo plant can be used, meaning that there's no waste products.
Disposing of your Bibevie clothes
So there's a lot of good work going into making the clothing, but what about getting rid of it responsibly? We have some ideas about that too - please click here to find out more.
We always want to be honest with our customers. Bamboo isn't without its faults, like most materials used in fashion. Overall, the plant itself is considered hugely sustainable and good for the environment for the reasons we've outlined; the concern lies with the manufacturing required to turn it into material. We believe that the methods used for our manufacturing alleviate some of these concerns and make bamboo a great choice for now, but we will continue to keep this under review. What do you think about bamboo? We'd love to hear from you.