Gallery View: Bamboo models dominate women's sustainable clothing

An increasing number of makers are turning to bamboo-derived fibers for its functional attributes.

August 29, 2017

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An increasing number of makers are turning to bamboo-derived fibers for its functional attributes.

Bamboo's abundance and renewability make it the top material for China's sustainable women's apparel line. With the country boasting the world's largest bamboo acreage, suppliers are provided easy access to the material. The plant is also renewable, achieving full height and girth in two or three years.

Available as either rayon or charcoal, fibers derived from bamboo are popular because of their functional properties. The former is anti-bacterial and retains this property despite repeated rinsing and prolonged exposure to the sun. It is also hypoallergenic, anti-static and UV-protective. Bamboo charcoal, meanwhile, is known for fighting odor buildup and having a soft hand. These fibers are often blended with other fabrics for increased density.

The adoption of recycled plastic bottles is likewise gaining ground. Several companies are partnering with recycling facilities, which convert PET bottles into yarns suitable for clothing.

The products below have been handpicked by our China-based market analyst to represent the current trends in women's sustainable clothing.

Recycled plastic bottles

G C Kean Synthetics Inc. offers the PBTW9716 model, a women's round-neck T-shirt made of yarn recycled from plastic bottles. The garment has flatlock seams, short sleeves and printed pattern on front. It is available in pink or gray. Sizes and designs are customizable. For an MOQ of 500 pieces, delivery lead time is 45 to 60 days.

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Dyed-over pattern

The model H2003 women's crew-neck pullover from Hebe Fashion (Shanghai) Co. Ltd utilizes 80:20 bamboo rayon-cashmere, weighing 300 to 1,000gsm. Gauge is 16GG. The tight-fit sweater comes with irregular dyed-over patterns in five different colors. There are 20 hue options for the base. Size ranges from XS to XL. The supplier requires an MOQ of 20 pieces.

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Biodegradable, UV-protective

Made of 43:39:18 bamboo rayon-polyester-Tencel, the model SC003 women's sports top from In-Fashion International Co. Ltd (Infashion) is biodegradable, UV-protective, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, anti-bacterial and deodorizing. Fabric weight is 143gsm+/-5 percent. The activewear comes in a knitted honeycomb construction with single-side dyeing. It is lightweight and breathable, and has a silk-like hand. Custom orders are accepted. For a minimum order of 1,000 pieces, the shirt goes for $5 to $7.

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Bamboo charcoal lining

Supertech Electronic Co. Ltd's model STTD-68-EBW4012-OG-L-1 women's long-sleeved polo shirt features bamboo charcoal full lining that is moisture-wicking, deodorizing, and anti-bacterial and -electromagnetic radiation. The lining is also said to generate far IR rays and allow thermal regulation. The shell is made of 100 percent polyester. The garment has a turndown collar and ribbed cuffs. Size ranges from S to XL. Custom orders are welcome. MOQ is 500 pieces while delivery lead time is 45 to 60 days.

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Long line hoody

Yishui Xingrong Knitting Clothing Co. Ltd's XRKW-002 model is a women's V-neck pullover hoody made of 48:28:20:4 bamboo fiber-rayon-acrylic-spandex. The knitted garment is breathable and anti-bacterial, and has good elasticity. It comes in a short-sleeved long-line construction, and features black-and-gray stripes. Designs, colors, sizes and materials can be buyer-specified. MOQ is 100 pieces.

Adopts organic bamboo

The 14S25 model from Yuson Ecotex Co. Ltd is a women's pajama set made of 95:5 organic bamboo-spandex. The sleepwear meets Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and is anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking. It weighs 400g and comes in sizes S to L. Custom orders are accepted. Each sleepwear is flat-packed. An MOQ of 50 sets is required. Items can be delivered within 7 to 45 days.

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