Founder Fina van Beul has worked since she was 24 years old in the clothing industry and she was driven by sustainability. Making people and the planet more beautiful has been her passion since the beginning of her career. Some years ago, she went looking for sustainable resources and finally and finally found bamboo. Bamboo Belgium offers timeless and qualitative clothes for men and women in size 34 to 52.
For Fina clothes have to be beautiful, comfy and wearable, with respect to humankind and nature. Bamboo Belgium starts from 17 SDG’s ( sustainable development goals from the UN) to produce as sustainable and inclusive as possible. We are a fan of her transparency and sustainable bamboo production, an example for many.
Bamboo is praised often too quickly as sustainable fibre, but COSH! Is critical. Despite the fact that bamboo grows fast and is fairly profitable, the usual processing often demands more chemicals and more supplies of water. The production often happens in China and the environmental impact can be disputed. The production mostly happens in China and the environmental impact can be disputed. For Bamboo Belgium, China recycles waste water. The spinning and further processing is done in Portugal and is ‘dry’ which means that there is no water involved during the processing, a benefit for the environment.
For Bamboo Belgium we traced the production chain and did serious research about suppliers of bamboo from wood to textile for the sustainable dresses, sweaters and pants of Bamboo Belgium. It should be said: Fina Van Beul is absolutely a predecessor of sustainable bamboo production and has evaluated all steps in a thorough way and she has chosen the most ecological options.
‘Making pulp of woodfibre, that turns viscose yarns into clothes’. This is a controversial process known by many wrong chemicals. Really, the German company that produces pulp in China, reuses allalkali chemicals back into the production process. Everything is re-used and not dumped in the environment. Exhaust gasses of condensation and warming are being filtered and the waste water is treated with vitreoscilla ferment which makes it safe for watering fields.
These processes are comparable with the extra security that undergoes Ecovedro of Lenzing. But the ‘ecovero’ name is protected by Lenzing and has more certificates that elevate the price. After years of research we can be sure that Bamboo from Bamboo Belgium is not toxic for the environment that does not release chemicals and has everything woven in the EU, processed and coloured according to European REACH-standards. REACH is a label for registration, evaluation and permission of chemical substances that are produced or imported in the European Union.
Bamboo is turned into pulp and is clearly a fibre of ecovero (a sustainable viscose variant). For the jersey pullover Bamboo Belgium works with vegan fabrics that consist for 95 % of bamboo and for 5% of elastane. Elastane is added to make the garment durable and widens its existence. Various sweaters and jersey pullover contain 10% hennep, next to 85% bamboo and 5% elastane. Finally, Tina sells bedding made for 100% out of satin in blue, black, white and beige.
To lengthen the life span of clothes, elastane is added to the jersey collection. This makes recycling a bit more difficult and enlarges wearing comfort for women. The clothes keep their form when they are often worn. The 100% bamboo satin bedding is in black, blue, white and beige and is perfectly recyclable because of the use of just 1 material.
Because the suppliers in Portugal are located nearby (in a distance of max 100 km), transport can be limited. Because of this, fewer greenhouse gasses are pushed into the air. Also the transport of sweaters, dresses, tops and pullovers is done in an ecological way. Bamboo Belgium works together with Greenway, a division of DHL, that guarantees less transport to deliver as efficiently and environmentally friendly. Besides, all packets are shipped without plastic, super unique! The products are packed in recycled silk.
Bamboo originates in China in the area that are under German supervision and is FSC certified. This means that wood originates of ecological wood cutting and this means also that good working conditions are kept into consideration. Afer China, the bamboo fibres arrive in Portugal for processing
Spinning, weaving and colouring are done in a distance of 0 km.
In Portugal the seamstresses of the small family company are getting on top of their wage (that is above the minimum wage) bonuses. In China, the German supplier keeps an eye on the good working conditions there. Fina thinks it is important to give everyone in the chain a fair and honest wage. Discounts is something she avoids, because someone in the chain would earn less. During her visits in Portugal, Fina also works closely together with seamstresses. COSH! thinks it is cool that Bamboo Belgium is so closely involved in the production process.
The clothes of Bamboo Belgium are timeless and does not change per season. Fina wants to slow the fast fashion movement in this way. Bamboo Belgium offers good quality and a smart fit, that can last season on season.
COSH! got insight in all certificates and the supply chain process. Because of this, we can guarantee the above and we therefore give Bamboo Belgium 100% on transparency.