Why Bamboo

Bamboo is the fiber of choice for us here at Dig Socks, we source and find the highest quality bamboo for all our socks. We make sure to use a process that is not harmful to our environment and make sure we have the softest fibers in the industry. We took three years to locate our factory and develop the sock we have today. On this page, we want to explain why we decided to only use bamboo for the creation of our socks.

 

Bamboo:

Bamboo is arguably one of the world’s best sustainable resources. With a growth rate of up to a meter or more per day, bamboo holds the world record as the fastest growing woody plant. Because it grows so quickly, bamboo is an easily renewable resource that does not require any irrigation or maintenance. It requires 1/3 the amount of water to grow than cotton, saving water and energy. It has no natural pests, allowing this grass to be grown without the use of any pesticides or herbicides. Whereas cotton currently uses 20% of the worlds largest and most hazardous and toxic pesticides to maintain growth. Bamboo plantations can easily be kept organic and re-harvested with no damage to the surrounding environment. Used for just about anything, such as building materials to food sources, bamboo is quite a dependable and beneficial fiber for the environment. Bamboo’s soft and silky feel, ability to take colors well, and its anti-bacterial properties are designed to appeal to those who seek the very best in natural luxury. This is why we choose to use bamboo for our socks.

Eco-Friendly:

Did you know bamboo saves more trees, regenerates naturally, and is one of the most eco-friendly resources on the planet? It keeps our soil stronger, our air cleaner, and our environment healthy. By encouraging the growth and utilization of bamboo, we can begin to combat global warming. Bamboo removes CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis by using carbon as an energy source and converting it into plant tissue, which releases oxygen as a by-product. Bamboo is also good for our ecosystems because it does not require chemical pesticides or fertilizers; it is 100% biodegradable. Bamboo offers an opportunity to turn away from the destruction of native forests, towards managed commercial plantations that can be selectively harvested annually without any harm to the environment. While tree plantations must be chopped down for harvest, bamboo renews itself by sending up new shoots constantly. When a tree is chopped down it can take almost a century to grow back to its original state, depleting natural habitats and eco-systems. When bamboo is chopped down, it does not need replanting nor does it have any dependents. It keeps growing and returns to maturity within 3-5 years. The ability of bamboo to rapidly take up excess nutrients contained in waste waters from manufacturing, intensive livestock farming and sewerage plants, has shown its benefiting roles to our planet and its eco-systems. The fact that the properties of bamboo are quite endless, choosing to buy bamboo socks is not only an incentive for a day-to-day foot care routine, but also a great way of moving towards a more healthier and natural way of living. Check out our One Tree program for more environmental-friendly information.

Anti Bacterial & Odor:

Bamboo fibers are naturally hypoallergenic, and essentially contain unique anti-fungal and antibacterial properties in a substance known as Bamboo Kun. This bio-agent helps to resist the growth of any bacteria on the fiber. This is normally carried through to the finished product, allowing it to resist the growth of bacteria that causes odors even after numerous washings; eliminating the need for anti-microbial chemical treatment, which is known to cause allergic reaction and is environmentally unfriendly. This also means that the garment can be washed less often, saving energy and money, as well as allowing clothes to last much longer. Its anti-bacterial properties are 3 times more effective than cotton. This means that the wearer and the fabric hold less bacteria that may cause those unpleasant odors. With bamboo socks being non-allergic, this makes them a perfect option for people suffering from dermatitis, skin allergies or other skin sensitivities to wear bamboo socks.

Breathability & Moisture Wicking:

Bamboo helps you stay cool! Literally and figuratively. Because the cross-section of the bamboo fiber is filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes, it has much better moisture absorption and ventilation. In comparison to cotton, this micro-structure allows bamboo to absorb up to 4 times as much moisture. Bamboo also has excellent wicking properties. These abilities allow the fiber to pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate and breathe consistently. This ensures that the feet stay cool and dry, helping to prevent from any fungal foot disease or athletes feet. In fact, bamboo fibers are 1-2 degrees cooler than most common fibers, such as cotton, keeping it from sticking to skin during hot conditions. However, in colder conditions, bamboo’s natural pores close to provide a layer of protective warmth acting as a natural insulator. No matter the season or environment, bamboo’s temperature regulating properties perform through all conditions endured, allowing it be one of the more versatile fibers available.

Softness:

Produced from raw materials of bamboo pulp, this fiber provides a soft-smooth quality feeling against the skin. Because the bamboo fiber itself is naturally round and smooth without any chemical treatment added, there are no sharp spurs to cause any type of irritation. This is a great option for people who have sensitive skin. In fact, bamboo is twice as soft as your ordinary cotton socks. Commonly, bamboo is compared to the luxurious feeling of silk and/or cashmere fabrics. The softness and quality of the bamboo fabric itself stands up to multiple washings. Many even describe the fabric as getting softer with each and every wash. In addition, since the bamboo socks fit and hug the foot snug without feeling bulky, wearing bamboo socks eases the risk of rubbing, preventing blister formation or any other foot complications. A perfect choice for pampering those endeavoring, active and hardworking feet.

Durability:

Proven through vigorous tests, bamboo has a strong durability, stability and tenacity. Furthermore, it owns a high, abrasion-proof tolerance.  Bamboo performs better than many synthetic fabrics. It also shows great elasticity, allowing for it to return to its natural shape. Bamboo is known to be strong like steel. Its numerous properties make it ideal for outdoors and athletic sports-use. It is 98% effective against harmful UV rays, allowing the fiber to be weather-resistant and last much longer than most other fibers. It’s 12% more anti-static than cotton, which keeps it from irritable friction, and, ultimately, provides a durable and soft, silky feeling.

Styles:

Bamboo is the softest, coolest, most renewable resource on the planet. It is also a lightweight, yet durable, fabric that requires less dye than cotton, keeping it eco-friendly and healthy to the environment. The color of bamboo fabric, as opposed to cotton, is far more vivid, allowing for designs to expose all eye-catching details. These high performance, eco-friendly socks are available in a variety of styles and functions. These innovative, stylish, and functional socks make it easy for you to wear them conveniently for casual, performance, and even business attire use. In fact, what really makes opting to buy bamboo socks a versatile option, is the fact that these socks are not only beneficial to your health, but they also reflect an image of one who leads the way into a greener future. Keep The Funk Fresh!