The Latest Improvement for Bamboo has Finally Arrived!
Here at KOMODO we love to use natural fabrics that have been produced ethically and sustainably within our collections. For many years we have used Bamboo for our jersey fabrics because of its soft and breathable properties and good drape. Bamboo itself is a highly sustainable crop that is fast-growing without the need to use artificial fertilizers or irrigation. However, manufacturing Bamboo is not as environmentally friendly. We were becoming increasingly concerned about how out Bamboo clothing was being manufactured and the chemical waste involved throughout this process.
SO HOW IS BAMBOO MANUFACTURED?
The Bamboo used within clothing is known as Bamboo Rayon and this is commonly made through what is known as the viscose process.
The Concerns Around Manufacturing Bamboo
This second stage of this process is the most concerning for us at KOMODO. When the Bamboo is dissolved in the chemical solution, there are no regulations in place for what happens to the waste chemicals.
“About 50% of hazardous waste from rayon production (including the bamboo variety) cannot be recaptured and reused” – Good on You
We can’t be sure of how much chemical waste is being produced during manufacturing, and if this waste is even reusable. There are also no guarantees that this chemical waste isn’t ending up in waters and damaging eco systems.
We know we needed to find a more sustainable alternative and with that we set our designers the task to find a new innovative fabric that we can use to replace Bamboo!
For almost a century, The LENZING™ Group have been pioneering textiles manufactured from natural resources. Their fibres are produced from renewable cellulosic plants such as beech trees, pine trees, and bamboo.
The LENZING™ Group manufactures fabrics in a closed loop system that makes sure that waste chemicals can be reused. In fact, this closed loop technology enables more than 99% of the waste to be recovered and reused within the production process.
We have been previously used LENZING™ Tencel to replace Rayon and have now gone back to them to use to find the best alternative to Bamboo.
Goodbye Bamboo... Hello Modal!
© Lenzing/Markus Renner
We knew we needed a fabric that has the same fabric properties as Bamboo but with a more sustainable manufacturing method. It’s important for us that our customers get the best quality fabrics that are sustainable. After in-depth research, we discovered that LENZING™ Modal was the perfect alternative for Bamboo!
Why We Love Modal...(And You Should Too!)
You wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between Modal and Bamboo as they have the same feel, weight and durability. The only difference is that the manufacturing process for LENZING™ Modal is much more environmentally friendly. LENZING™ Modal is made using an elemental chlorine-free bleach which is done in an integrated pulp-to-fibre process that causes very low air emissions. This method has high recovery rates of process ingredients due to the closed loop system which overall means very little chemical waste.
Check out how Modal is manufactured in this short video by the LENZING™ Group.