Why we love the Monocel® fibre
The Monocel® choice of raw material is a carefully selected species of bamboo that grows wild in the Sichuan province in central China. The area is characterized by endless sceneries of mountains covered in wild growing bamboo, spectacular waterfalls and fresh air. Asia´s bamboo forests have similar functions as the South American rainforest. However, the bamboo sequestrates more CO2 than an equivalent cluster of trees.
Bamboo is a giant grass, which is why it is selected as the raw material for the Monocel® lyocell cellulosic fibre. The largest species grows up to one meter a day, and when bamboo is cut, it grows back up again from the same root. This makes bamboo one of the most rapidly renewable resources on earth. The bamboo species used for Monocel® is cut by hand when it is four to six years old. This specific type can grow 20-25 metres tall and has a particularly high fibre content, making it very suitable for producing textile fibres. It grows wild on hilltops in its natural habitat and does not repress food production.
Our selected bamboo has soil improving roots and demands no other watering than natural rainfall. There is no use of machinery in the forest and the bamboo poles are carried to collecting points. Bamboo only has one natural enemy; a bug – bambusiphaga lactocolorata – which may attack bamboo younger than one year old. Older bamboo plants have a thicker shell, making them immune to bug attacks. To fight this bug the farmers use traditional remedies such as rice soup, lime water and bulls urine. Bamboo is a survivor and requires no fertilizers or pesticides.
Why another bamboo textile product
Monocel® products are based on lyocell bamboo. While being made from the same raw material, there are considerable differences between lyocell bamboo and bamboo viscose. While the production of viscose fibres is both chemical and water intensive, the lyocell production process is a closed loop process, where hazardous chemicals are replaced by an organic solution. This solution is recycled and reused, along with the water involved in the process. Thus, there are no residues of harmful chemicals and water consumption is reduced significantly, at the same time providing long, strong and very soft fibres.