Benefits of bamboo socks
Benefits of Bamboo Socks
If you’ve already tried a pair of bamboo socks then you’ve probably already discovered the benefits of wearing them. But if you are new to the idea of wearing bamboo here are a few reasons to give it a go.
Long lasting and easy to care for
First up, from a practical perspective bamboo is a great material for socks. It’s easy to care for, machine washable in cool water and doesn’t need any fabric softeners to keep it feeling silky soft. Just don’t use bleach as this can damage the fabric, instead try baking soda to brighten and get rid of any tough stains.
The natural anti-microbial and anti-bacterial features of bamboo also mean you can wear it for longer and wash it less often. And while you might not feel comfortable wearing your socks for more than a day at a time, this same property also means your feet stay fresh rather than stinky.
Bamboo’s super smooth fibres not only make it feel silky soft against your skin but they mean your socks will rub less too. This means it’ll take longer for you to wear through them.
Bamboo socks care for your skin
As well as being an easy fabric to look after, bamboo is also great at caring for your skin in a number of ways.
Excellent moisture-wicking properties, far better than cotton, means your feet stay dry. Not only is bamboo fabric breathable but the hollow fibres allow moisture to be drawn away from the skin quickly and efficiently. This helps prevent fungal infections and other foot problems and also makes your feet more comfortable.
Natural anti-bacterial properties thanks to ‘bamboo kun’ stops bacteria from thriving on the fabric. And as it’s bacteria than make your feet smell this helps to prevent foot odour.
Bamboo fabric is also hypoallergenic so it is great for people with sensitive skin. The ultra-smoothness of the fabric and silky feel also minimise irritation. And despite the use of chemicals in the manufacturing process no chemical residues remain in the finished fabric.
Bamboo is also thermo-regulating meaning it will keep your feet cool in summer and warm in winter. Similar to cashmere or silk but far more durable and far less expensive.
Environmental benefits of bamboo socks
Finally, not only is bamboo socks easy to care for, super soft and kind to your feet they are also kind to the environment.
Despite the fact that processing bamboo into viscose is questionable in terms of its environmental credentials bamboo is still undeniably both renewable and sustainable as a resource.
Growing bamboo requires very little intervention and actually protects the soil and removes large quantities of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Processing the bamboo into the fabric is a chemical process but newer production methods employ a closed-loop system that minimises environmental impact. And although it’s not perfect nor is cotton production.
Are bamboo socks better for the environment? We take a more detailed look here.