Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Fashion with a Purpose: Bamboo as a Textile Alternative

I don't think I have ever explained what I wanted to do in fashion design. I want to have my own fashion design, that's a given. However, I wish to be involved with fair trade fashion with eco-friendly textiles, but is still trendy and wearable. Currently, I volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages. It is a WONDERFUL fair trade chain of store that gives artisans from all over the world a fair wage and they are paid upfront. Many companies (Nike, Starbucks, Hershey, Dole, etc.) have been trying to adjust how they produce their products in order to meet standards. I want to have something that is known for having fairly paid works, good factory conditions, etc. Anyway, that is a little off topic from what I wanted to say today.

I have been looking into more and more textile alternatives. Over time, I will share with you what I have learned.

I learned about bamboo as an alternative yesterday. In the store, there is a beautiful bamboo shawl we sell in the store. And it is so soft. Certainly I would never want to give up quality for environmental reasons, but the texture felt so soft against my skin.

Bamboo Fiber Shawl

I did a little research on bamboo and I learned that it:
-drapes like silk
-machine washes on gentle and can be hung to dry
-naturally somewhat wrinkle resistant
-absorb moisture, keeping your skin dry.

To learn more, go to this bamboo online store.

What are your thoughts on sustainable textiles?


  1. I feel strongly about fair trade, good quality, fair stuff you know and these seems so great! cool you wanna be a designer person?!
    Flossie xx

  2. that's a nice goal in life, hope you succeed in becoming a fair-trade fashion designer, because I really do think the world could use that :) I had NO CLUE you could make clothes out of bamboo, but it looks amazing! Interesting post for sure



  3. Interesting information about the bamboo. Nice to learn that you advocate for fair-trade .... its much need it in today's world.
    Thanks for the post


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  5. i love that <3
    great blog


  6. i've never heard of bamboo for clothing before, but sustainable textiles are definitely the future


  7. Thanks for your comment, off course I will follow you. Do you follow back? x

  8. Love the scarf - awesome blog! :)

    Check out my post about "forever pink february"


  9. That's actually really admirable. I have a friend that also does eco-friendly t-shirts and does pretty well. I can't believe that you can drape bamboo like silk though! Who'd thought!?

    xx THE CHEAP

  10. Wow, very interesting. We have never heard of bamboo for clothing before but we are definitely open to ideas!

    much love from the .sabo skirt. girls!

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  11. fair trade clothing is the best! i definitely agree with you, and i have been interested in finding some great fair trade brands myself!


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  13. hrm this is the first time I've heard of using bamboo for clothing...but it doesn't seem MORE sustainable than cotton since bamboo takes many many years to mature??

    in her stilettos-an austin fashion blog

  14. wow this is great! I'm all for sustainable materials :)


  15. I have a bamboo shirt!! I love it, this is such a lovely topic <3 way to go!


  16. I think that as consumers we should be looking to support companies that are eco-friendly and make the environment a priority. I don't have any personal experience with bamboo clothing, but I'd like to give it a try. (My sister has bamboo flooring though, and she's very happy with it.)

  17. Ten Thousand Villages sounds like such a great organization! I wonder if we've got one here, I'm definitely looking into it! xphel

  18. Thank you so much for your comment! Definitely considering selling jewelry:) I love this post! that shawl is beautiful and it's awesome that its eco-friendly. Maybe we can follow each other?

  19. i think sustainable fabrics are not only good for the environment, but also good for our wardrobe

    your blog is great, im following! follow me back if you like mine?
    xx http://madelineweber.blogspot.com/

  20. love this!!


  21. Oh this is wonderful! You have a beautiful blog here btw :)



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