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Why Bamboo?

Bamboo Forrest

Why bamboo?

  • Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world – it grows up to 3 feet a day
  • Bamboo is self-propagating – like grass, it regenerates after being cut and therefore does not require replanting
  • Bamboo requires no pesticides, fertilizers or watering in order to grow
  • Bamboo actually improves soil and air quality – it minimises CO2 and generates up to 35% more oxygen than equivalent stands of trees
  • Bamboo is ultra soft and feels luxuriously smooth against your skin
  • Bamboo is breathable and antibacterial
  • Bamboo clothing keeps the skin cool and dry – it works as a natural thermostat to regulate the temperature of the body

 

The difference with Miik bamboo

Off-the-shelf rayon from bamboo vs. Miik custom milled bamboo

Our process

At Miik, we believe in being as transparent as possible when it comes to our process. We are committed to continually finding new and better/greener ways to improve all aspects of what we do. With regard to our rayon from bamboo fabric (and all our fabrics), we have a very linear, trackable path of production:

1. We track our rayon from bamboo from the source. The bamboo is farmed organically and there is OCIA International Organic Certification to back this up.

2. We process the bamboo in a closed loop. Here is the process explained by our suppliers:

Our bamboo fiber is a regenerated cellulose fiber, made from the natural organic bamboo by a high-tech process that is non polluting to the environment during our production. The main chemical used during the processing is sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda, the other is CS2. Caustic soda is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is used in food production, soap making, manufacturing of bio diesel, production of paper, and is used on nearly all cotton fabrics, including organic cotton, during the wet processing. Caustic soda is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

The key, most important parts of the process are all recyclable. We process in a hermetic container where 100% of the chemicals that are used are trapped and contained, not released into our factory, environment or atmosphere. 73% of CS2 are recycled, 26% are recycled into H2SO4. So those chemicals don’t pollute any part of the environment. Each step of the process is watched for many reasons: company policy, brand commitment and China’s environmental ethical standards. We know many of these processing issues are extremely sensitive and we are committed to being a leader in the eco/green industry not just when it comes to bamboo fiber, but also to the safety of our team/staff, who are also committed to healthy living. Our bamboo fiber also has passed OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 which is a gold standard when it comes to testing for harmful substances. We have passed these OEKO TEX STANDARD’S 3 years in a row. The bamboo we use and process is certified by (OCIA) Organic Crops Improvement Association International which is certifies that our bamboo is organic bamboo under “wild crops” and certified organic under “organic farms”. Our commitment to being as green as possible has not changed in our part of the processing from start to finish.

3. The yarn is shipped to Canada and delivered to our mill in Bolton, Ontario (a short distance from Miik’s down town office and showroom) to produce the fabric. The clothing label clearly states that it is a rayon from bamboo.

4. It is dyed in Agincourt, Ontario (just 28 km from Miik’s office and showroom) under very strict Canadian Guidelines using Oeko approved dyes.

5. Our designs are sewn in our production facilities in Markham and down town Toronto.

6. We email receipts as opposed to paper.

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