Ready for harvesting in just 10 years, bamboo is a grass that grows fast and regenerates naturally, without the use of pesticides. Hardy and versatile, bamboo doesn't require irrigation or heavy tilling, which makes it a much better environmental choice than commercial cotton. According to statistics, cotton is heavily water dependent - accounting for 2.4 per cent of the world's consumption - and at 1/3 of a pound of pesticide per cotton T-shirt, it has cornered 25 per cent of the global pesticide market. Next time you're shopping for bedding, bath products and apparel, do bamboo. It's good for you and the planet.
Our products are manufactured with bamboo and classified as "rayon from bamboo' or "viscose from bamboo". Rayon/viscose refers to the process of "pulping" a material before making it in to a fibre. Rayon can also be made from other material such as beech wood and cotton byproducts. We choose to sell only products made with rayon/viscose from bamboo. Rayon/viscose from bamboo clothing exhibit characteristics that are commonly described as ultra soft & breathable. Anecdotally bamboo clothing also repels odours & wicks moisture.
John Elias founded Do Bamboo and has always considered himself an environmentalist. Looking to start his own business in 2006, he read an article about the benefits of bamboo. "I wanted to get passionate and really believe in the products I was selling," John recalls. "Bamboo is environmentally friendly and it brings comfort to people. It was a win/win opportunity."
"Nothing feels as good as bamboo," says John. "It is naturally breathable, boasts antibacterial qualities, wicks moisture away from the skin and helps to regulate body temperature. And because it washes and wears like cotton but feels like silk, you'll never be satisfied with anything else once you've tried bamboo."
Currently Do Bamboo is a web based business. The company began by selling via the internet and consumer shows. Do Bamboo opened its first "bricks and mortar" store July 2009, on Coxwell Ave. and in 2011 moved to a bigger location on Danforth Ave. in Toronto. On December 31, 2012 Do Bamboo closed its physical location but continues to serve customers via their website.
Some publicity Do Bamboo has received:
April 18, 2009 Toronto Star article by Vicky Sanderson newspaper click here.
June 13, 2007 Toronto Star article by Robyn Doolittle click here to read.
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