Bio-Baumwolle vs. Bambus – und andere nachhaltige Alternativen - NIKIN EU

Organic cotton vs. bamboo – and other sustainable alternatives

Sustainable materials for our products are very important to us and that is why we almost exclusively use organic cotton, bamboo and other sustainable alternatives. But what are the differences?

Sustainable materials for our products are very important to us and that is why we almost exclusively use organic cotton, bamboo and other sustainable alternatives. But what are the differences?

Bio-Baumwolle vs. Bambus

Especially when it comes to textiles, more and more customers are choosing clothing that can be adorned with labels such as ecological, organic or fair trade. It should be sustainable and environmentally friendly, but at the same time consumers appreciate the great wearing comfort, especially of cotton. But how sustainable is organic cotton? And: are there alternatives?

What is organic cotton?

When growing cotton that deserves the name organic cotton, no chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers may be used. The entire cultivation and processing chain must be traceable in this respect.


Benefits of organic cotton

It's obvious: textiles made from ecologically grown cotton are great to wear. The soft, pleasant fibers last for years, even decades, do not harm health and do not pollute soil or groundwater. The people working in the cotton industry do not have to suffer from poisons either. And since cotton is a renewable raw material, it can be grown indefinitely.

Disadvantages of cotton cultivation

Well, yes. Cotton is a renewable agricultural product. However, the water consumption of plants is enormous. And even with sustainable cultivation, enough chemicals are still used for a single T-shirt - it can be around 200g.

Vulnerability processing

The crux of cotton processing is often the dyeing process. Even if everything has gone well up to that point, the chemical club is often used here. There is usually no other way to achieve bright colors with cotton fabric. If you do without this, you have to be content with more “subtle” colors.

Typical products made from organic cotton

Parents of small children particularly often choose organically grown cotton. If a garment is to meet the highest standards, the entire manufacturing process, including the treatment and dyeing of the fibers, must be taken into account. Now that has its price. But you also have to dig deeper into your pockets for your own children. Allergy sufferers also appreciate organic cotton, among other things because the durable fibers can be washed even at high temperatures.

What is bamboo and what can this great fiber do?

Bamboo has been processed into fibers in Asia for centuries and used for clothing, hats and shoes, but also for mats. What hardly anyone in Europe knows – bamboo is not a tree, but a grass, albeit a very agile one. Some species grow one meter per day. The plant is considered robust and weatherproof and is good for the soil as it grows. Bamboo fibers and textiles made from bamboo fibers are often touted as an alternative to water-absorbing cotton.


Benefits of bamboo fibers

Bamboo textiles are breathable and silky soft. The wearing comfort corresponds to that of silk, but at the same time the material is easy to care for and absorbent. Bamboo also has hypoallergenic, antibacterial and insect repellent properties! It is wrinkle-free and machine washable, and no fabric softener is required. Since bamboo fibers can be dyed excellently, you can also achieve convincing, beautiful results with organic dyes.

Bamboo, like cotton, is a renewable agricultural product - it actually grows back very quickly. Since the plant is resistant to bacteria and pests, it does not need any chemicals to grow. The water consumption of the bamboo plant is low, it also thrives on poor soil and even improves it. A miracle plant? Not quite!

Disadvantages: especially when processing

While the bamboo itself is an undemanding and extremely useful plant that shoots up quickly practically everywhere, the problem here lies in the processing. Because to make the fibers supple, a lot of water and a huge amount of chemicals are necessary. And it immediately destroyed organic farming again. What helps is to take a look at the certification - because even with bamboo textiles, an ÖkoTex label is an indication that the manufacturing and processing processes meet sustainable standards.

Typical textile products made from bamboo

Textiles made from bamboo yarn are not yet very common. But what has already gotten around is that sheets and light blankets made of bamboo adapt to cool or warm weather and are also hypoallergenic.


Bamboo or cotton – which is better?

Can you choose one of the two fibers when it comes to sustainability? Here we can express a clear yes! On the one hand, despite the not always "clean" processing, bamboo is certainly a more sustainable material than cotton and offers comparable, if not greater, comfort. On the other hand, there is still a lack of appropriate certifications that ensure transparency for consumers. The ultimate in alternative fibers has still not been found. A possible alternative: textiles made from algae, made from cellulose using environmentally friendly solvents. Such fabrics are not only healthy for the skin, but can also be worn by small children and have a noble feel like silk or cashmere wool.

Our conclusion: how good are bamboo or cotton really?

No matter which fiber you choose - it doesn't work without taking a close look at the entire manufacturing process. Not only the cultivation, but also the processing must be taken into account. In order to keep the damage to the environment as low as possible, recycling natural fibers is also an option.

We at NIKIN place great emphasis on sustainable products at fair prices. We are therefore always looking for suitable, sustainable alternatives to conventional materials. We have long been relying on organic cotton and recycled polyester instead of the conventional versions, which are often not very sustainable. We want sustainable materials to become the standard and not just a luxury for the upper class. We want to make sustainable and fair fashion accessible and affordable for everyone and have already tried out various alternatives - such as:b recycled cotton fibers from old jeans (for our Treeanies), or bamboo for our TreeSocks. We are satisfied with both, although both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Of course we are far from perfect, but we are definitely moving in the right direction. That's why we're always looking for even more sustainable materials for our products!

What our customers can do

By choosing your own clothing you can take a stand against disposable fashion. Definitely for quality and against quantity. Better a few parts, but good. This has its price - but in the long term, purchasing such pieces is worth it. Quality is good for the environment. And in the long term also for your wallet.

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Thanks for sharing the information about the bamboo fabrics and Organic cotton. Bamboo fabrics are best for clothing in summer. Bamboo fabrics are soft and comfortable in nature.


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