Why Wear Bamboo Socks?
If you've not yet experienced the incredible softness, comfort, durability and general amazingness of bamboo socks then you and your feet are missing out.
Bamboo fabric is breathable, lightweight has incredible moisture-wicking properties. it's hypoallergenic and super soft so it's great for sensitive skin and can even help stop you getting blisters.
Plus, despite some concerns over the process of turning bamboo into viscose (and there are plenty of concerns with other fabrics too), bamboo is a very eco-friendly and sustainable resource.
Bamboo's eco-friendly credentials
When it comes to renewability bamboo is hard to beat. It grows quickly, really quickly, it requires little watering and doesn't rely on chemical pesticides and fertilisers. Plus, harvested in the right way bamboo simply grows back without needing to be replanted, and sustainable harvesting can even encourage growth.
According to WWF 20,000 litres of water are required to make just 1kg of cotton. Now that figure covers every part of the process but removing the need for irrigation and the water required to make pesticides and fertilizers has a big impact.
Of course not all bamboo is grown in a sustainable way and so it's always worth making sure you buy from ethical manufacturers.
Bamboo also removes a lot of CO2 from the atmosphere, gives back high levels of oxygen and helps to prevent soil erosion thanks to its root systems which stay in place.
More reasons to choose bamboo next time you are buying socks
- Bamboo is super soft. Viscose fibres are incredibly smooth making them soft to touch and great for sensitive skin. The smoothness of the fabric also helps protect against blisters.
- Bamboo is highly absorbent. Hollow fibres mean bamboo can absorb 3 times its weight making it 40% more absorbent than cotton and great at keeping your feet dry.
- Naturally odour eliminating. Bamboo's natural properties make it great at eliminating odour. As well as keeping your feet dry it's naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial meaning that stink causing bacteria can't survive.
- Thermo-regulating. This essentially means your feet will stay cool when it's hot and warm when it's cold. This is thanks to the smooth fibres that allow for a superbly breathable fabric. Hollow fibres also help create a natural buffer against changes in temperature.
all these aspects combined make for a very comfortable experience. So comfortable in fact, that many people will never go back to other types of socks after experiencing bamboo.
Of course, there are plenty of other great socks out there. Wool socks are great for winter as they provide excellent insulation and absorb high volumes of water. They maintain their insulating properties when wet which is great if you get sweaty feet on a hot day, and they are generally pretty good at not smelling.
However they can be a pain to wash, take ages to dry and be too hot to wear in the summer and too bulky for certain shoes. Also, they tend to wear down more quickly if you're walking around the house a lot which is why you will often find woollen bed socks or sofa socks that are not designed to be worn anywhere other than the sofa or in bed.
We take a closer look at the benefits of bamboo socks here.