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Is bamboo just viscose?

(19 Posts)
MandyFl0ss Tue 14-Feb-17 08:00:48

I am looking for capri leggings that I can wear in the summer in Majorca with tunic-style tops. This is because I don't like my legs so don't really want them on show, I want to avoid the dreaded chaffing, and I will do some cycling.

Obviously I don't want to feel hot and sweaty so I was looking for cotton ones and have come across very expensive bamboo ones that are supposed to keep you cool.

But isn't bamboo just viscose, i.e. thin and high maintenance?

Lovelybangers Tue 14-Feb-17 08:22:08

I don't know - but I wear a lot of bamboo clothing from BAM. [ BAM]

I get a lot for sport , but also some sweatshirts, vests, t shirts and a nice dress for just general wear. I wouldn't say thin OR high maintenance - quite the opposite.

Lovelybangers Tue 14-Feb-17 08:22:56

I didn't do my link properly


BikeRunSki Tue 14-Feb-17 08:24:45

I think viscose is derived from bamboo, but "bamboo" clothing is richer bamboo content. I second Bam Clothing, also Braintree (now called Thought) for good quality bamboo clothing.

Deathraystare Tue 14-Feb-17 08:27:15

I am not sure. However I cannot wear viscose (sweat like a pig) but I can wear Boots bamboo socks!

MandyFl0ss Tue 14-Feb-17 08:29:28

This could really solve a lot of issues for me!

CallarMorvern Tue 14-Feb-17 09:25:12

I wear Braintree and CK bamboo socks, love them.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 14-Feb-17 09:34:53

I wear joggers from Bam for the gym, they're lovely, thick and comfy, and no sweat. Can't stand the 'wicking' polyester that most exercise clothes are made of. 'No sweat' - yeah right hmm

MrsMeeseeks Tue 14-Feb-17 09:42:04

Bamboo is lovely to wear but doesn't have any stretch so I'm not sure how it would work for leggings (but then the thought of wearing leggings in Majorca in the summer makes me itch).

museumum Tue 14-Feb-17 09:44:01

I'm pretty sure viscose is man made.
Bamboo obviously is not.

Bamboo dries fast like "tech" clothing rather than like cotton but also breathes.

LovesRecovery Tue 14-Feb-17 09:50:18

I wear the 3/4 length leggings from Next, OP. They are pretty cheap but not so cheap that they are awful. They work well in hot weather under cotton dresses. I spend a good part of the summer in the American south where it's disgustingly hot and they work fine.

LovesRecovery Tue 14-Feb-17 09:50:51

Oh and yes, I think bamboo is just viscose. But my bamboo (viscose) sheets feel so lovely!

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 14-Feb-17 09:58:34

Bamboo is lovely to wear but doesn't have any stretch
You could say the same thing about cotton though: if it's woven as jersey it stretches; if not, it's crisp, like sheets or shirts. My bamboo joggers and t-shirts definitely stretch.

Sgtmajormummy Tue 14-Feb-17 10:05:46

Viscose is normally made from wood fibre treated so it makes filaments and can be spun.
"Bamboo" fibre tells you the origin of that wood and people interested in ecology know that bamboo is the fastest growing wood and easily sustained. It also seems smoother than generic viscose.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 14-Feb-17 10:26:34

It's true that bamboo as a fibre is pretty 'green' for the reasons above. However, it's no longer considered an eco-friendly option as the production process involves a lot of toxic chemicals to break the bamboo down in order to make the fabric. Unfortunate.

ShotgunNotDoingThePans Tue 14-Feb-17 10:27:03

That aside, I can vouch for it as comfy and hardwearing!

MrsMeeseeks Tue 14-Feb-17 10:33:16

That's a good point, shotgun! I am thinking of it in terms of knitting yarn.

Bensyster Tue 14-Feb-17 10:39:40

The bamboo tights and jersey dress I have bought have pilled, so I won't be repeating the purchase.

Haffiana Tue 14-Feb-17 11:21:39

Viscose is made from a variety of plant materials and bamboo is made from bamboo wood pulp only. They are essentially the same. The difference in qualities of all viscoses (including bamboo) depends entirely on the way that the plant cellulose is broken down and then is made into the finished fibre. I bought a bamboo nightshirt recently that was of such poor quality fabric it was unwearable. I also bought bamboo socks from TKMaxx and they are terrific!

BTW a long time ago I worked in cotton production. It is also not a 'green' fibre due to the insane amount of pesticides needed in order to grow a good quality, long fibre cotton, pesticides that end up in the water table of where-ever the raw cotton is processed into yarn. Cotton is one of the most chemical crops in the world and is most certainly not 'green'. Organic cottons tend to be very poor quality because of the lack of fibre length and are limited because of this.

I would say that the other plant-based fibres such as viscose are more 'green' than cotton because of this.

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