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Reasons to Use Bamboo Yarn

By Edited Feb 22, 2014 2 2

Bamboo yarn is becoming a popular alternative to traditional yarn.  You can use this yarn for any craft that would calls for yarn.  The recent popularity of bamboo in all its forms has this type of thread surging in popularity.

Bamboo Yarn is a Renewable Resource

Bamboo grows like a weed in many places.  Actually, many people consider it a weed.  It grows fast and renews itself every year.  It sends up new shoots, which grow to full height in a season.  The height that it attains depends on which variety of bamboo that you are growing.  Sheep are so passé, you know.  Bamboo is easier to maintain and harvest than wool.

Bamboo is Biodegradable

Keeping stuff out of the landfill is a staple of a green lifestyle.  Once you the sweater that you knitted has worn out or been outgrown just toss that bad boy into the compost bin and it will degrade as quickly as any other plant material.  Ok, I am exaggerating a bit.  You will want to cut it into pieces before tossing it into the compost pile, but it will decompose.  You should make sure that your yarn is 100% biodegradable and not mixed with something that will clog up your compost pile before attempting this.

Bamboo has Antibacterial Properties

It is true that bamboo does have naturally occurring antibacterial properties.  If your yarn is mostly bamboo, using it can be healthier for you than some other fabrics.  You need to hand wash bamboo so think about that before getting all excited about the antibacterial aspects of the fabric.

You will want to use a high quality yarn.  You can find less expensive brands but you will want to ensure that your yarn was manufactured properly to avoid splitting and weakness to the threads.

There is good and bad in every product but bamboo is a good option if you are truly interesting in “going green” with your craft projects.



Apr 21, 2011 10:03pm
Never heard of bamboo yarn, but I like the idea of it for sure. Learned something new today, thanks Mary.
May 3, 2011 10:35pm
Bamboo yarn sounds like a good product. They are finding so many uses for that quick growing plant. Good article, thanks for sharing.
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