Here’s a glimpse from behind the scenes of Shoo-Foo Eco Linens. We’d like to invite you to see the whole process from start to finish of how we produce our environmentally friendly eco linens. We have done our research and can proudly say that we are able to make earth conscious choices in order to create some fabulous and eco friendly products made from organically grown bamboo.
Organically grown bamboo is used for all of our eco friendly linens
This virtual tour begins in China, where bamboo grows abundantly. One of the reasons we chose to use bamboo for our linens is that it is such a sustainable crop. It grows quickly and can be cut in a way that is similar to cutting grass, so the bamboo continues to grow even after being harvested. Another major benefit of working with bamboo is that it bugs and pests are naturally repelled by naturally occurring agents in the bamboo itself. This makes it possible to grow bamboo without using harmful chemical pesticides.
You can see the bamboo that has been freshly cut and ready to be bundled up and brought to the local factory where it will be processed. All of the crops are certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) and are certified organic by the USDA seal.
The concept that bamboo could be made into textiles is a relatively recent discovery made by local Chinese bamboo paper makers. The Chinese originally invented paper from papyrus in the year 105 CE. Since then, they have also been making paper from bamboo.
The transition from bamboo paper to eco friendly linen production
About 10 years ago, the Chinese people who were already making bamboo paper developed a way to make textile fibre out of bamboo. Today, China is still the only country producing bamboo yarns in the world. Local communities harvest the bamboo in the same tradition as their ancestors which means it only leaves a tiny eco-footprint. We are pleased to see and participate in this craftsmanship that is still alive today.
The factory process of creating eco friendly linens
Once the bamboo arrives at the factory it is turned into a pulp and then broken down and separated into a form called “cellulose”. Up to this point, the process is very similar to paper making. The next step is to “pull a thread” out of this “paper/cellulose”. Instead of making thin layers of cellulose to make paper, we spin the cellulose into a thread a little bit like when one is spinning wool from raw wool.
Once it is spun into a thread, then it can be woven into any kind of fabric. Bamboo threads can be used to make terry, jersey, percale, etc and we then are able to use this fabric to make our organic bamboo products.
Top quality eco friendly linens made with care
Dany, the owner of Shoo-Foo makes regular visits to the factory where our bamboo eco linens are made. She is able to examine the details and the quality of the seams, and to see the whole process of bamboo textile production first hand. She also actively collaborates with the factory regarding product development.
At Shoo-Foo Eco Linens we are passionate about the products we sell and about the entire growing and manufacturing process. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing more about our story. Please feel free to ask us more about our products!