Something that I have been looking into for a while now is the idea of clothing made out of bamboo rather than cotton. At first, I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical of the idea; however, I am now a proud owner of a bamboo sweatshirt (made by Triple 5 Soul) and I’m hooked. I’ve had my eye on an awesome t-shirt from Blend Apparel but without knowing how bamboo feels and works as the main fabric, I’ve held off purchasing it.

Now as a proud owner, I can testify that bamboo, as a fabric, feels like your favorite t-shirt that you have had for years and years and just can’t seem to part with it. You know exactly what I’m talking about. One of those shirts your friends and family beg you to toss into the garbage because they’re afraid it will fall to pieces any second. Oh yeah, it feels like that but so much better because it’s new, holds up wonderfully, and looks fantastic. What more could you ask for?

Blend Apparel explains why they use bamboo:

“Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton and feels like a cross between silk and your favorite shirt you’ve washed a zillion times. It is also quick to absorb moisture, therefore keeping you dry and odor free. Bamboo fabric is easy to dye and can be done so without the use of harsh chemicals, and by using less water than conventional methods. It is a naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic product grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource as new shoots are constantly growing. Bamboo also releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees! Planting bamboo can help reduce carbon dioxide in the air, and soil erosion in the earth. Overall, the production of bamboo clothing has a lower impact on the environment than conventional cotton farming methods.”

Certainly worth checking out.

Hi everyone,

I’d like to start this off the right way with introductions.

My name is Kate, a nearly graduated senior from Grand Valley State University, and a self proclaimed blog fiend. I’m one of those college students who gets most of her information/news/tips/ways of procrastination from reading blogs. I find that these little electronic articles give me a quick and easy way to get the info I want and when I want it. That’s precisely why I’m starting Reclaim Simplicity. If you’re like me, you want a fast and easy way to get useful information (with a little bit of entertainment and attitude thrown in) and you’re interested in a more sustainable way of life. I’ll provide ways that can help you to start living an affordable and worthwhile lifestyle plus articles so that you can see how others are already doing it. You don’t have to change your whole way of life but I want to show you how you can improve it while reducing your harmful impact on the Earth.

Why the name Reclaim Simplicity? Let me explain…

Simplicity is defined as a freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts. Today’s world is becoming increasingly less simple, and society needs to realize that their actions do affect everyone. The actions of today’s leaders will have an effect on everyone from the consumers of their products, to future generations and the way that they will live their lives. We want our children’s children to have the childhood that we did but with the choices many are making today, will they be able to?

Reclaim Simplicity is about returning to a simpler and a more sustainable way of doing things that will not have such a negative impact on our world.

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