Bamboo Process

Bamboo's come a long way since tiki huts and fishing poles . . . . So, how do bamboo fields become bamboo shirts? Here's Cariloha's unique process for harvesting and producing this truly green resource.


bamboo stalks


First, we cut the seasoned stalks into smaller pieces of raw bamboo.

bamboo chips


Next, the bamboo is soaked in a solution via a closed loop process to ensure that this process is as environmentally friendly as the bamboo it soaks.

stacks of dried bamboo


This solution breaks down the bamboo fibers, extracting the bamboo pulp that is then dried into parchment-like sheets.

bamboo pulp


Once thoroughly dried, these sheets are ready to be milled into a soft, fluffy material referred to as viscose from bamboo.



It is then separated and spun into thread that’s used to create yarn for weaving.

bamboo dress


The end result is a naturally luxurious fabric that's twice as soft as cotton.

Cariloha Bamboo is an earth-friendly versatile resource that's as strong as steel, yet soft as silk. It's sustainable, breathable, and naturally hypoallergenic. Apparel made from our Cariloha bamboo even keeps you 3 degrees cooler than cotton, as it actually wicks moisture away from your body. It also acts as a natural insulator, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Cariloha is quickly becoming a leader in introducing the world to a broad spectrum of bamboo-based products.

“Environmentalists hailing bamboo as the new ‘It’ plant for saving the earth.” – New York Times (July 2007)

“Planted in large groves, bamboo can store “four times the CO2 of a stand of trees of similar size,” according to a study by Jules A. Janssen of the Technical University Eindhoven in the Netherlands, in 2000. “And,” she said, “it releases 35 percent more oxygen.” – New York Times   


“Because it is so exotically soft, bamboo is often marketed alongside luxury fibers like silk and cashmere.” – Wall Street Journal, Christina Binkley, November 12, 2009

“Even better, bamboo fabrics have antibacterial, anti-fungal, and deodorizing properties -- meaning you likely won't need to wash them as often.” – LA Times, Green clothes: How green is my bamboo T-shirt?, February 16, 2008

“You might not think of bamboo as being luxurious and soft against your skin, but it is just that; soft, silky, breathable and very environmentally friendly. Bamboo is a highly sustainable fabric.” – Eco-friendly fashion, Marta Waller, LA Times, Feb. 15, 2008


“It could be the swiss army knife of the plant world. Bamboo can give you good mojo.” – Media General

“...bamboo clothing is definitely sustainable - it's doing something better...” – Fox News

“Bamboo is a better choice, -- it's softer, just as breathable and doesn't stick to sweaty surfaces. Bamboo clothing fits the bill.” – National Post