BJJ shirts are always made of 100% cotton or sometimes cotton poly blends and are always about the newest and coolest designs... Not anymore! We gave you something different when we released our hemp bjj shirts recently and that turned out to be a success! Today, we are continuing to set ourselves apart from the crowd and are proud to announce the release of our new bamboo bjj shirts! Both bjj shirts are made of 70% rayon from bamboo and 30% organic cotton.
We’ve learned a lot from our research on bamboo textiles recently and still have a lot more to learn! If you’re interested to read about what we’ve learned, please read our previous blog post: What We’ve Learned About Bamboo
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Textiles derived from Bamboo have always intrigued us due to some of the known superiorities it has over traditional cotton. We have always contemplated using this material and we're stoked to finally have released 2 new bjj shirts using bamboo! With some research we came across a company here in America who supplies bamboo shirts made in the U.S.A. We started out by ordering a few samples. When the samples came in, we compared them with our 100% organic cotton bjj shirts and our hemp shirts. The first thing we noticed is that these bamboo shirts are much softer than our organic shirts and even our hemp bjj shirts! These are just unbelievably soft, unlike any bjj shirt you have felt before! You have to feel it to believe it!
Bamboo plants are known to be great for the environment, but bamboo apparel might be a bit more controversial. What we've learned recently is that bamboo apparel is not exactly considered bamboo but instead is Rayon from Bamboo. The process bamboo goes through to become a textile is usually a chemical one in which the end result turns the fabric into Rayon which was derived from Bamboo. So even though the process begins with the sustainable bamboo plant, the process it goes through changes it to a different material altogether. After all, rayon made from bamboo is technically more sustainable than rayon made from any other plant that needs tons of pesticides to grow and can't regenerate as quickly as bamboo.
The company we purchased these bamboo shirts from provided us with a certificate stating that their product is in fact 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton. But we know better. We know if this shirt were to be lab tested it will in fact say 70% rayon and not bamboo. So we labeled our shirts correctly when we printed "70% Rayon from Bamboo".
Here is the certification they provided us: