From Harvest to Home - The Manufacturing  Process of Bamboo

From Harvest to Home - The Manufacturing Process of Bamboo

by Lisa Levi August 09, 2023

If you’re already one of our wonderful Pure Zone customers, you’ll know how much we adore Bamboo for the multitude of benefits it offers. It’s what we’ve become known for! As one of the most versatile and sustainable resources on the planet, Bamboo has captured the imagination of artisans, designers, and eco-conscious individuals alike. 

We often get asked about how our products are made - so let's take a closer look at the Bamboo fibre manufacturing process from its origin in serene Bamboo groves to its place in our homes. It’s a journey that is a testament to sustainable practices and the harmonious connection between the environment and our daily lives and we are excited to share it with you!

(Pictured here is our stunningly soft Linen Bamboo Quilt Cover Set in White. Available in six tonal shades.)

HARVESTING 

The harvesting process of Bamboo requires careful timing, expertise, and a commitment to chemical-free practices. When the Bamboo reaches its optimal maturity at around 3-4 years old depending on the species, it is meticulously selected for harvest. What sets Bamboo apart is its natural resistance to pests, eliminating the need for chemical pesticides or herbicides during its growth. This also extends to the harvesting process as well, ensuring the Bamboo retains its organic, chemical-free nature.


EXTRACTION OF THE BAMBOO FIBRES

After the bamboo is harvested, it undergoes a thorough cleaning to remove any impurities. The next step involves breaking down the Bamboo stalks into smaller pieces, before being treated with natural enzymes. This natural fermentation process softens the plant's inner fibres, making them easier to extract. This results in high-quality bamboo fibres that can be spun into yarn and woven into bedlinen and other textiles.

SPINNING

Following the extraction, the bamboo fibres are spun together to form yarn. The spun bamboo yarn possesses inherent qualities such as breathability, softness, and moisture-wicking abilities, making it a sought-after choice for eco-conscious home products. 

WEAVING

At Pure Zone, the Bamboo fibres are transformed into luxurious bedlinen using a twill weaving technique to provide added strength to the fabric. This method creates a diagonal ribbing effect, resulting in a silky smooth finish, enhancing both durability and drape. 

DYEING AND FINISHING

We’re almost there - at this stage Bamboo textiles come alive with vibrant colours through a dyeing process that leverages Bamboo's absorbent nature for long lasting colour. It’s at this time at Pure Zone we choose to use natural dyeing methods to enhance the fabric without using harsh dyes or chemicals. Explore our Activated Charcoal Bamboo range which uses the natural pigment from Activated Charcoal here

CUTTING AND SEWING

Artisans then carefully trim the fabric to exact measurements before skilled seamstresses stitch them together, crafting everything from sheets to pillowcases, quilt covers, towels and robes. This stage combines creativity and precision, highlighting both the quality of Bamboo fabrics and the skill of those who work with them.

 

QUALITY CONTROL

The finished Bamboo bedlinen goes through rigorous quality checks to ensure it meets the desired standards. This involves checking the overall quality and more specifically the quality of the stitching. Bamboo fibre is so soft, this step is particularly important to ensure the stitching has been lined up correctly and sewn without any movement.

 

PACKING AND DISTRIBUTION

Once everything is approved, the Bamboo bedlinen is neatly folded, packaged in thoughtfully designed self-fabric pouches (no plastic here), and prepared for distribution to our Melbourne Warehouse where it’s shipped directly to our Pure Zone customers ready for their best sleep ever.

 

TIME TO GET COSY

Wrapping up our journey through the Bamboo manufacturing process, from the Bamboo groves where it all begins, to the moment these fibres find their cosy spot in our homes, it's a tale of innovation, sustainability, and a little bit of magic. So next time you snuggle up in your Bamboo bedlinen, remember you're not just cosying up to sheets – you're embracing a story that's woven with eco-friendly threads and a whole lot of love along the way.


Explore our Bamboo range or read a little more in Bamboo and sustainability here.

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