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Bamboo Grass, and a kangaroo - bamboo diet follower
BAMBOO GRASS and a Kangaroo - a bamboo diet follower. Photo © Irene & Mr. Sheep in Busch Gardens
  Bamboo is a cellulosic fiber derived from the pulp of bamboo plants (Bambusoideae). It is usually not made from the fibers of the plant, but is a synthetic viscose made from bamboo cellulose. The manufacturing technology of bamboo viscose and bamboo viscose yarn was patented in 2003 by Chinese inventors.

Bamboo fiber is Naturally Organic - it is grown without pesticides or fertilizers, unlike conventional cotton. It can be made into fabric or yarn that is soft, breathable, sustainable, absorbent, hypoallergenic (bamboo's organic and natural properties make it non-irritating - perfect for extra sensitive skin), having elegant luster and affinity to dye. Because of its fast growth and sustainability, bamboo is regarded as an eco-friendly fiber and has become increasingly popular as awareness of environmental issues has grown. It is used widely for making all types of clothes including coats and jackets, and can be blended with other fibers. - Reference: Alex Newman, Fashion A to Z.

In addition to being a biodegradable, absorbent, breathable, hypoallergenic, thermo-regulating, and anti-bacterial fiber, bamboo is less expensive than silk and cashmere, while having the lustre of silk and softness of cashmere.

FYI: the bamboo is grown in accordance with the international organic standard of OCIA/IFOAM and the USDA National Organic Program, so as to ensure each bamboo stalk is of 100% natural growth and without any chemical pesticides.

More information:
Alternative manufacturing processes » of bamboo cellulose by Litrax®, Switzerland
Manufacture of Bamboo viscose » (Wikipedia.org)

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Soy Silk, Soybean Fiber
Soybean Sprouts. Photography © imrsheep.com

Soybean fiber is one of the
eco-friendly vegetable fibers from the category of Bast Fiber or Skin Fiber - fibers are collected from the skin or bast surrounding the stem of their respective plant. Skin fibers have higher tensile strength than other fibers, and are used for durable yarns and fabrics. Other than soybean fiber, these fibers include: flax, hemp, okra, nettle, rattan, banana fiber, and other plant fibers.

Soybean fiber was invented by Henry Ford in 1937, and was termed as " Soy Wool". Until 1960, soybean fiber was being manufactured in Poland. This fiber was reinvented in 1998 and was promoted in 2000. At presents, it can be made from waste products of the soy bean food industry.

The advantages and wearing values: Firstly, soybean yarn has cashmere-like handle - it is naturally soft, smooth, and lustrous. Then, it has good draping properties, excellent moisture absorption, and natural permanent bacteria resistance. Also, plant protein of the soybean fiber can be absorbed by the human body more easily and without any side effects. While in contact with the skin, amino acids in soybean protein fiber active skin protein and coruscate the skin's energy. Therefore garments made of soy silk are very comfortable to wear and feel like a second skin.

Blends: Soybean fiber can be successfully blended with other animal or plant fibers. For example, a soy silk and cashmere blend does not only enhance the hand and lower the manufacturing cost of cashmere products, but also gives superior luster and comfort, as well as anti-pilling and drape properties. A blend of soy silk and wool accumulates the lustrous, soft hand and strength of soybean fiber, and the elasticity and heat-retaining properties of wool. Soybean-cotton enhances the moisture-permeability, quick-dry and drape properties of cotton. Questions? Ask experts: SoyInfoCenter.com » Swicofil.com »
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  For complete information on soy, comprehensive history of soy, soy graphic collection, soy image gallery, and most important - books about soy, please visit Soy Info Center founded by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi. Free online books »

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Monarch Caterpillar and Milkweed © Irene & Mr. Sheep in Awenda PP
  A North American treasure. This weed attracts not only Monarch butterflies, but also fiber and yarn enthusiasts. Valued by indigenous people, milkweed fiber is recently used for spinning by only its numerous admirers, such as Megan Hanes ». Its everyday life application is still being researched.
Usually, milkweed fiber is blended with wool or other fibers since it is hard to spin 100% milkweed (the fiber is too smooth). Read more »


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