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Profiting from Bamboo Apparel

Jan 1, 2009
by Eric Wilder

There is an amazing new fiber that some people are calling Eco Silk, which is actually fabric made from bamboo. Up until the recent past, when buyers thought about bamboo, the vision of Panda bears munching on large stalks of bamboo, or sheets of floor paneling alternatives came to mind.

Bamboo textile manufacturers offer an exciting mix of quality men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories. With a slightly higher wholesale cost comes slightly higher profit margins, so not only are retailers selling more earth friendly apparel, they are increasing their profit while doing it. Many retailers are bringing in bamboo products to their store, not only to stay ahead of the curve in fashion textiles, but because the general public is looking for it. Alternative eco friendly clothing is now mainstream. Whether it is a small one man shop or many stores, bamboo apparel is available wholesale and will bring in new customers and profits to your store.

The positive results of wearing bamboo clothing goes well beyond the consumer's enjoyment of soft, breathable moisture-wicking, organic fiber, but also include benefits that can affect the entire global community. Purchasing and wearing bamboo promotes and supports the growth of bamboo plantations, which are harvested on a rotational basis. That means that while other crops like cotton must be entirely decimated at the time of harvest, thereby causing bare soils to bake and release more carbon into our atmosphere, bamboo plantations are harvested in portions at a time. There will always be some part of the plantation still standing and doing well for the environment. Since bamboo grows like grass, sending up new shoots continually and in a sustainable manner, harvested bamboo is similar to mowing your lawn. Replanting is not necessary, as it is with other crops, thereby reducing the carbon footprint even further. Contrary to the claim that land is clear cut to make way for bamboo, most bamboo plantations have been in existence for decades. People of China and Asia in general have been utilizing bamboo for generations, for everything from building materials to furniture to food.

As the bamboo plantations are growing, the bamboo itself is working to make our environment a better place. Among other benefits, bamboo takes in five times as much green house gas and produces 35 percent more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. This is an amazing natural resource to replenish our fresh air and fight global warming.

Bamboo plantations are also pesticide and fertilizer free, as bamboo flourishes on its own, and naturally resists pests. This is a breakthrough fabric, when you consider that conventional cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop, and epitomizes the bad effects of chemically dependent agriculture.

It is paramount that the public learns that bamboo is an incredible natural resource that is severely underutilized in a large part of the world. We hope by showing the seemingly limitless possibilities this old plant has in a modern world, and explaining why bamboo clothing in particular is beneficial to our environment, we can help you add yet another more sustainable natural product to your store's merchandise.

Eric Wilder
Eco 1 Network
P.O. Box 807
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Topic: Product Trends

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