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But why bamboo?


Great question!

The popularity of bamboo garments is growing as an eco-friendly and economical alternative to cotton and synthetic materials like polyester (which by the way, can take 200 years to decompose!).

Bamboo is an incredibly sustainable resource due to its rapid regeneration - it is, after all, the fastest growing plant on the planet. Bamboo fabric is biodegradable, when manufactured right, and is far less harmful to the environment than synthetics.

Impressive sustainable characteristics


Most bamboo species grow between 5-20 cm each day, meaning it’s not concerned about being trimmed slightly to create striking apparel.

Bamboo actually absorbs 5X more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere vs. its hardwood tree cousins.

If soaking up all the harmful carbon dioxide wasn’t enough, it actually also releases 35% more oxygen into the environment.

No polluting pesticides are used in the cultivation of bamboo - this determined grass species doesn’t need pesticides to flourish.

Finally, the growing, harvesting, and manufacturing process requires a lot less water vs. cotton textiles.

Bamboo Lyocell


Not all fibers are made equal, some are simply better. At Kualesa, we’ve made the conscious decision to use Bamboo Lyocell.

Lyocell is the process of cutting wood, then crushing, soaking and spinning it to make a super soft fabric. The solvents used to soak the wood are non-toxic and can be re-used again in production in what's known as a closed-loop process.

In our Bamboo Lyocell manufacturing, 99% of the chemicals and water used are reclaimed and reused in the next stage of the production process, greatly reducing water consumption. This is what differentiates lyocell from viscose fabrics, which are cheaper but use more harmful chemicals and produce waste that gets dumped into the environment.

Many types of trees can be used to make lyocell but none have the amazing properties of bamboo. Bamboo is a type of grass and new shoots can reach their maximum height within 8 weeks. This means that in the time it takes for a bamboo shoot to be cut, fabric to be processed, dyed, cut into a top and shipped to you there's already a new shoot standing in its place. Pretty neat huh?

Bamboo Lyocell attributes


Supreme Softness

Bamboo Lyocell provides crazy softness vs. other commonly used textiles thanks to the bamboo fiber’s smooth texture.

Crease-resistant

Our pliable yet strong clothing is resistant to creases and holds its carefully designed shape incredibly well.

Temperature
Regulating

This wonderful fiber naturally regulates temperature and is extremely breathable, helping keep you warm when it’s cold and pleasantly cool when it’s hot.

Anti-bacterial

Due to a natural component in bamboo known as kun, the fiber used in our garments actively resists fungal and bacterial growth, directly preventing nasty odors.

Hypoallergenic

Bamboo fiber is hypoallergenic (doesn’t cause allergic reactions), making it ideal for allergy sufferers or those with skin sensitivity conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Reinstating Biodiversity


For every order made, we have committed to planting one tree in the Malaysian rainforest, allowing us to offset carbon emissions and reinstate biodiversity.

Maximizing biodiversity in a replanting area nurtures the genetic diversity vital for rainforest ecosystems to thrive (including wildlife!). That’s why, to mimic the rainforest’s natural default, we strategically plant a variety of tree species.

In addition to our mission of restoring rainforests, Kualesa will be working with the local indigenous people (‘Orang Asli’) and provide them with meaningful work and the means to provide for their families and communities.