There’s a thin line between being a hypocrite and a caring person, a line more blurry than ever in this day and age, a line I struggled so hard to draw and figure out where I stand around it. Sadly I’ve never been an activist, it’s an extremely hard lifestyle and requires dedication I’m too selfish for, but it never means I’m ignorant. I give to charities, I help people and care about animals, I love nature and try to make conscious choices to protect and preserve it. Again, I’m not perfect and I’m pretty sure %80 of my purchasing decisions are wrong ones, but I try to do better everyday and that’s how my bamboo journey has started. First I started buying bamboo sheets, then tees and socks, and now I’m introduced to Bamboo Monkey, an Australian fashion brand born out of a desire to produce ethically sourced, long-lasting clothing that combines chic and comfort.
For whatever reason I always thought of cotton as the Eco-friendly weapon of choice but thanks to Edwina, founder of Bamboo Monkey, I faced the ugly truth I (and many people) used to ignore. Less than 1% of cotton grown globally is grown organically and the rest uses high quantities of chemicals due to the number of natural predators it has. It’s also incredibly thirsty – requiring 80,000 glasses of water to produce 1 kg of cotton, the equivalent of a tee shirt & a pair of jeans. The whole plant is taken out when the crop is harvested, leaving the soil fragile and bare, leading to chemicals seeping into the natural ground water tables.
Bamboo, on the other hand, grows naturally and organically – requiring no chemicals. It needs minimal water, usually only natural rainfall. It grows 1 meter in 24 hours and reaches maturity in 3 – 5 years. Because it’s a grass it naturally self generates, creating natural bamboo forests constantly self cycling. Bamboo is also biodegradable unlike the prevalence of polyester, acrylics & nylons used in cheap fashion which will take up to 200 years to breakdown in landfill. But best of all, bamboo has been scientifically proven to absorb 5 times the amount of harmful greenhouse gases and emit 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
Besides all its Eco-friendly features it’s also soft like silk, it naturally kills bacteria and minimizes sweat. Thanks to brands like Bamboo Monkey, the information is out there and it’s easier than ever to find chic bamboo clothing, not just socks or tees. Knowing all these I don’t think I’ll ever buy anything other than bamboo as long as I have the option and I’m hoping you’d do the same. We only have one world and it’s our duty to protect it, every little bit counts.
. Black bamboo jumpsuit Bamboo Monkey
. White cut out top Vintage
. Grey sandals Dries Van Noten