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Sustainable Fashion & Charcoal Bamboo


At PAMA London, all of the high performance active wear from our collections is made from recycled charcoal bamboo. You may initially consider this to be an odd choice of fabric, but by the time you have read this article you will understand why it’s the only choice for truly eco-friendly fashion!

Charcoal bamboo is a completely natural resource, and as such is an optimum choice for creating sustainable fashion. In fact, in Japan and Southeast Asia, where this incredible resource is grown, it is referred to as the ‘Black Diamond’. This is because its impressive potential is well understood and admired.

Charcoal bamboo is rapidly becoming more prominently used in the fashion industry, and nobody knows this better than we do!

Why Bamboo?

As one of the most sustainable resources on the planet, we believe it is the only sensible choice when it comes to creating ethical fashion.

When used to create fabrics, charcoal bamboo is much better able to regulate body temperature than synthetic fibres, wool or hemp! It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and much kinder to sensitive skin than other more conventional fabrics. Also, it is fairly resistant to the adverse effects of being washed regularly.

What’s more, is that because of the structure of charcoal bamboo fabric, it provides great ventilation for your body when worn, and also provides better moisture absorption. This means that you stay comfortable when working out, or when wearing your charcoal bamboo clothing on a hot day. On the flip side, the porous nature of this fabric means it will also insulate your body against the cold.

When you combine the fact that charcoal bamboo enhances the performance of active wear, with the fact that it is such an environmentally friendly material, then you can see why it is our material of choice!

How is Charcoal Bamboo Created?

When bamboo is heated at around 800 degrees the charcoal is created. It can then be combined with other materials to create a lightweight, breathable, anti-odour material!

Bamboo and the Planet

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, even growing as much as four feet in a day! As it grows vertically, and can reach heights of around 98 feet, the amount of bamboo grown per acre is much more than any other natural resource.

Even more excitingly, bamboo will usually re-grow naturally after it has been harvested, meaning no replanting has to take place. This self-regeneration means that it does not require extensive, plant-damaging agricultural practices to ensure its existence.

Almost unbelievably, bamboo requires absolutely no chemicals or pesticides to grow, meaning it seriously deserves its organic label! When we consider that on average it takes more than a third of a pound of certain chemical fertilisers to create enough cotton for just one t-shirt, then you can see how the planet stands to benefit from opting for bamboo instead!

When it comes to how much water is required to cultivate bamboo, the answer lies with Mother Nature! This amazing crop can thrive on natural rainfall alone! In contrast, it has been estimated that a one pound plant of hemp will require a gallon of water a day – certainly more than Mother Nature will generally provide.

Bamboo forests already exist in abundance throughout Asia, and due to the rising popularity of this resource, more and more continue to be planted.

Sustainable Fashion

At PAMA London we believe the health of our planet is the most important thing, and we want to show the world the countless benefits of eco-friendly fashion. This is why we place so much faith in the potential of charcoal bamboo.

When you take a look at our collections, you will see that the colour scheme matches the various chakras throughout the body. Inharmonious areas of your life can be supported by wearing clothing that matches the colour of the chakra area that is out of balance. This is a concept that we are going to explain in much more detail in our next blog post – so check back soon!

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The first part of namaste comes from "namaha," a Sanskrit verb that originally meant "to bend." Bending is a sign of submission to authority or showing some respect to some superior entity." Over time, "namaha" went from meaning "to bend" to meaning "salutations" or "greetings." The "te" in namaste means "to you," Deshpande says. So all together, namaste literally means "greetings to you." In the Vedas, namaste mostly occurs as a salutation to a divinity.