At Dingodude we know fabric processing issues are very sensitive and we are committed to adopting best practices in the eco/green industry.
Dingodude (nor any other garment brand) cannot claim the entire process from origin to delivery is absolutely 100% “green”, but we do strive to be as eco-friendly as possible and are accountable for our systems.
The bamboo fibre in the fabric we commissioned is sourced from natural organic bamboo and manufactured using an environmentally non-polluting process. The bamboo is grown in strictly controlled plantations in Sichuan province in southern China and managed according to the international organic standard of ECOCERT (Certification body for sustainable development) and Organic Crops Improvement International Association (OCIA/NOP). This certifies the bamboo is organic bamboo under wild crops and certified organic under organic farms. The bamboo selected is 100% naturally grown without any chemical pesticides or chemical organic materials.
More than that, the plantations are in bamboo’s natural habitat and are rain fed with no supplementary irrigation. The root mass of bamboo prevents soil erosion and water run-off is clean. There is no impact on water resources, habitat and biodiversity.
Bamboo regenerates each year even with regular harvesting. There is no better sustainable crop than bamboo.
The fibre production process is “closed-loop” where the chemicals and solvents used are contained and do not pollute the environment. The process to break down the woody material of bamboo so that it can be made into a soft fabric uses sodium hydroxide (NaOH), otherwise known as caustic soda, one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. Caustic soda is used in soap making (lye), manufacturing of bio-diesel, production of paper, and is used on nearly all cotton fabrics including organic cotton (during the wet processing). Furthermore, sodium hydroxide easily rinses away from the fabric with water, leaving no residue on the final material. Sodium hydroxide is used in the processing of many types of food that you eat such as pretzels, chocolate, noodles, olives, and ice cream. Caustic soda is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
There is a contention that carbon disulphide is another dangerous chemical used in the process which is sometimes quoted as “linked to health issues”. However, this chemical’s use is minimised in the modern process and no-one is reporting any threat to workers’ health since the 1940’s in factories in Italy.
Our fibre supplier monitors each step of the process. The discharge facility was recently rebuilt to maintain the highest levels of filtration and reclamation and controlled exhaust emission. All processes have met government environmental protection standards.
The bamboo fibre used has passed OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 which is another leader when it comes to testing for harmful substances. Our bamboo fiber fabric is free of harmful substances.
Elastane (also known as Spandex or Lycra®) is a synthetic product and does not contain allergen proteins. In our research we have not found any established or substantiated toxicity concerns.