What is best? Eucalyptus, Bamboo, or Cotton Fabric
We have become so accustomed to cotton clothing that when new options are available they are deemed somehow exotic. My hope is to inform you about each fabric option and that you feel comfortable evaluating them for yourself. So much so, that you request more eco-friendly options from your retail shops and larger vendors. But, let’s review each - how are each made and the advantages of each fabric. My vote - Tencel™, so let’s start there!
Tencel™lyocell and Tencel™ modal fibers are produced by environmentally responsible processes from the sustainably sourced natural raw material wood. They are exquisitely soft and pleasant to skin, hypoallergenic, and much more breathable leaving you cooler. It helps regulate body temperature and moves moisture and sweat from the skin. In creating Tencel, manufacturers use a closed-loop process, where 99% of the water utilized is reused. And, the solvents used are recycled and reused in this process. Tencel is very soft to the touch all the while being very durable. It is a little more expensive than other fabrics, but its quality is worth the cost.
Bamboo fabric is called Bamboo viscose fabric. Although in its natural state bamboo is stiff and rough, the fibers are usually considered softer than cotton the process to convert bamboo to its softest state (rayon fiber) releases toxic chemicals (carbon disulfide, sodium hydroxide, and sulfuric that are actually reproductive hazards. There are two ways that bamboo is processed from plant to fabric: mechanically and chemically. In chemical bamboo production, the solvent is sodium hydroxide, which is classified as corrosive and is harmful to the surrounding environment. This substance is known to be harmful to the surrounding environment. On the other hand, mechanically processed bamboo means that by crushing the woody parts of the bamboo plant and then using natural enzymes to break the bamboo walls into mushy mass, the natural fiber can be mechanically combed out and spun into yarn. This process is essentially eco-friendly.
We are all very familiar with cotton. While it has been a common understanding that organic cotton is more sustainable and the better choice compared to conventional cotton. However organic cotton cultivation is still requiring pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers. Even though they are organic, they can be harmful too. Some of these might be even more toxic than synthetic ones. Cotton fertilizers are manufactured and perfected for decades to give the plant the exact nutrients it needs. Organic cotton drinks more water than regular cotton. Thus, organic cotton crops are less effective, it means we’re watering the same number of plants for less cotton. So organic cotton drinks more water than regular cotton. Thus, the amount of non-organic cotton you can produce on the same land is going to be higher than the amount of organic cotton. As a result, conventional cotton is more effective in terms of quantities because of the more effective (or too effective) pesticides; this is due to the non-organic crops being genetically modified to produce more cotton per plant. Cotton is very thirsty, it uses 20,000 liters (5,283 gallons) of water to produce just one kilogram for only 1 kilogram of cotton, we have to use around 20,000 liters of water. That is enough for one pair of jeans or a t-shirt. Sadly, organic cotton uses two swimming pools of water for the same outfit!
This is why it is crucial for us to make wise choices in our purchasing patterns. I refuse to add to this downward spiral in polluting our planet! Driven by this passion, I established Ruby & Poe, an eco-friendly, plant-based, ultra-low-impact, baby and mother apparel company. Every step of Ruby & Poe’s production process has been carefully overseen to deliver an absolute minimum of waste and wholly handmade product that comes directly from our fields and factory to your home.
In our eyes, Tencel™ is the best option. All Ruby & Poe’s products are made from 97% Tencel™ and 3% elastane, making it ultra soft, comfortable, and snug fitted for your baby. Ruby & Poe also only uses naturally occurring plant dyes derived from our locally sourced flora of Indonesia. Every action we take impacts the earth and we absolutely commit to ensuring our part is healthy and sustainable for all including mother earth.