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Where is Bamboo Clothing (BAM) from?

It’s a UK brand. BAM’s founder, David Gordon, began selling T-shirts whilst a P.E student at Loughborough University in 1988 to finance his ‘world tour’. It only half worked but he went anyway.

In 1993, after a lot of backpacking, he set up TSF Clothing, as a means to pay for his pole vaulting career (he was too rubbish to earn money from it). TSF would become a leading corporate clothing company, enjoying a reputation as an innovator with the highest levels of customer service.

After finally getting better at pole vaulting David was now too old to be any good. Over the hill. So he changed tack and joined a team of Gurkhas (as a DIY film maker) in a successful manhaul expedition across Greenland, one of the great untouched wildernesses left on earth. This experience, as well as a long held interest in the future of the planet, brought about a year long search for viable and environmentally sustainable business ideas. Something that might actually make a difference.

The old business was sold in 2004 and the search continued for the holy grail of business: where everyone wins – socially and environmentally. It wasn’t enough being just ‘less negative’. It’s much better fun to do something good. Throwing himself out of the comfort zone of a nice cushy business to find something more inspiring was….uncomfortable. Bamboo Clothing (BAM) finally launched in June 2006. It was all well worth it with everything that BAM is becoming. From packing orders alone with a head torch at Christmas 2006, we now have a lovely team of 35 at BAM.

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When he’s not doing this, David now enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities, going through ‘phases’ – specifically kayaking, hill walking, Trailwalker, The Haute Route, extreme tiddlywinks etc. A great passion has been snowboarding. He’s a real airdog, even managing to leave the ground, once, on the last trip. After falling in love with pole vaulting again, this is now the focus. Astonished to find he could still actually run and vault, after a summer of competition in the UK he won a silver medal for Great Britain at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Brazil in October 2013, which surprised everyone..and in 2014 became the European Masters Pole Vault Champion. In 2017 he finally became World Masters Games Champion, the Olympics for older people!!

You can read David’s blog here.

These are the main reasons bamboo clothing started back in 2006

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Super Soft

Bamboo is to cotton what cashmere is to wool - a more soft and luxurious feel.
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Antibacterial

Bacteria does not live well in bamboo fabric. So it doesn't get smelly even after many days.
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UV Protection

Bamboo fabric cuts out 97.5% of harmful UV rays, so perfect for holiday/travelling cover-ups.
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Kind to Skin

For allergy prone skin, bamboo fabric is perfect. It's anti-static and sits well next to your skin.
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Moisture Wicking

Bamboo fabric absorbs moisture away from your skin, keeping you drier.
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Thermo-Control

Bamboo fabric is warm, thanks to its hollow microfibre (like wood), yet is also breathable. Performance in all temperatures.
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Grows Fast

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, so yields more often from the same plot.

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Greater Yield

Bamboo yields the same volume as cotton from 10% of the land area.

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Grows Naturally

Bamboo thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilizers

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Biodegradable

100% bamboo fabric is 100% biodegradable.

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Not Thirsty

Bamboo only needs rain water to grow. Very little, if any, additional water is ever required.

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Super Soft

As a grass, bamboo is cut not uprooted, so is good for soil - particularly as it can grow on slopes not viable for other crops.

What Bamboo Clothing stands for

We’d genuinely rather make a bit less money and have loads of really pleased and satisfied customers and suppliers and have fun ourselves than go the awful corporate route of ‘get away with what you can, maximise profit and pretend to be whiter than white’. Which turns out to be quite smart in many ways anyway, here in the post modern era….

  • Everyone gets treated fairly and responsibly, from the garment factory workers to the customer. Not forgetting ourselves!
  • Every single customer has a voice that’s listened to – we depend on and evolve through suggestions received every day from our customers

We’re all about transparency, honesty, integrity and fun. If we ever fall short please tell us.

Our business is growing almost exclusively from word of mouth, as people who try it are impressed enough to tell their friends, etc. If you believe in what we’re doing at Bamboo Clothing and you like the product, please help continue this.