We all know how hot and sticky a summer Down Under can get. When almost every day of the season gets labelled ‘a scorcher’ or a ‘record high’, it's only natural we begin questioning how to keep cool in summer.
Picture this. You’re sweating it up in your synthetics before you even reach the office. By midday, you’re wishing for a change out of your sticky socks and underwear. And finally, on your way home, the 40-degree heat from the day is still lingering and your top is permanently stuck to your back...
You may have heard about the benefits of bamboo clothing and how it can offer you relief during the warmer months. But do you know how?
Bamboo is more than just a plant. Turned into clothing essentials, it’s an option to regulate body temperature and manage moisture. Bamboo has many more benefits that will have you swapping out your entire wardrobe this summer. You're welcome.
How is bamboo clothing made?
When you think of the word bamboo, what does your mind conjure up? It's very likely either of the following: straw baskets or panda food. Both reasonable answers... everyone loves pandas! But how does bamboo turn from panda fodder into luxuriously-soft clothing that is ready to wear?
Once the bamboo reaches maturity, the plant is turned into a pulp that is obtained by soaking it in a softening solution. The fibres extracted from this process are then turned into yarn to make the garments you know and love. Learn more by exploring the entire process.
How to keep cool in summer with bamboo clothing
It's breathable and moisture wicking
Perfect for adventure lovers, the structure of the bamboo fibres means it's three to four times more absorbent than cotton. Bamboo contains ‘micro-gaps’, which provide incredible ventilation and actually pull moisture away from the body. This means you can get your sweat on while staying comfortable.
It regulates your body temperature
Beyond being moisture-wicking, bamboo fabric has the ability to cool you off in the same way your body does when you sweat. Those ‘micro-gaps’ actually trap the cool air to keep a cooling layer close to your skin. If you love to exercise in all types of conditions (scorching hot or freezing cold), you’ll find Boody garments provide you with the thermo-regulating you need to nail your workout.
It has anti-odour benefits
A core benefit of wearing bamboo clothing on hot days is that it'll help you manage unwanted body odours. The antibacterial properties in bamboo fabric fight bacteria, helping to keep your clothing smelling fresh. Wash after wash, your bamboo clothing will still retain its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal bioagent through the process of fabrication.
It has UV protection
Summer isn’t much fun with a burn, or much more serious, being exposed to the threat of skin cancer. Luckily for us, bamboo fabric provides UPF 50+ protection for your skin — perfect for when you need that extra cover up after you slip, slop, slap.
It's extra soft and non-irritating
If the hot weather isn’t uncomfortable enough, wearing the wrong type of fabric can really upset your mood on a warm summer’s day. Boody is designed with comfort in mind and that’s why we chose bamboo for its light, luxuriously-soft and gentle feel on your skin.
For those prone to sensitive skin and eczema, summer can be a particularly hard time of year. But fear not, we've got you covered. Bamboo has naturally smooth fibres that limit skin irritation and make it a convenient, hypoallergenic alternative when the weather is hot.
Make the time this summer, while the sun beats down hotter than ever (or so it feels!), to reassess your wardrobe for comfort, breathability and sweat protection.