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Bamboo You: Bamboo Golf Shirts Moseau Style

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Bamboo Golf Shirts Moseau Style

It wasn't long ago that I started writing about bamboo creeping its way into the fashion industry, but it's also working its way into the stylish sports industry too.

I have found some of the most comfortable, cool and great looking golf shirts from Tempe Arizona based Moseau. This is a great find for me and other golfers, because

  1. I live in Florida - and it's always 90 degrees F and 90 percent humid.
  2. Polo style shirts are a staple in my wardrobe on and off the course.
  3. I can wear eco-friendly clothing and look good doing it.

Moseau (pronounced Mo so) produces a line of mens golf shirts in polo and mock tee styles made of 70/30 bamboo/cotton, as well as some very comfortable socks 80/20 bamboo/stretch nylon.

Although these products are not pure bamboo fiber, which would be too soft to make anything other than undergarments, napkins, linens and towels, it has been successfully spun with cotton (or stretch nylon) to produce a highly workable, color fast and resilient fabric.

When asked about the possibility of a women's golf shirt line, Jason Henderson of Moseau playfully responded with "Eventually", but was careful not to spill the beans as to a target date. Ladies, keep an eye out for this line - you will thank me.

Moseau produces a series of high end polo shirts in Pique, Jersey, Ribbed, Ribbed with Pocket and with a variety of colors including green, stratus (white) and nightfall (black) and others.

The shirt that I got from Moseau was a Jersey style polo in black and I absolutely love it. It is extremely soft, and remarkably lightweight. When I went outside in it for the first time, the weather was slightly warm, low 80's and very sunny with a slight offshore breeze. I could feel the heat of the sun, but did not have the sensation of sweat pouring off my back, like I normally do in all cotton shirts.

This was due to the channels or micro-gaps in the bamboo fiber itself, allowing the fabric to remain 2 to 3 degrees cooler than other materials of the same weight and color, and allows moisture to be wicked away from the skin quickly, and promote efficient evaporation.

Bamboo kun is a naturally bacteriostatic property of bamboo fiber which makes it resistant to bacteria as well as odors. Bamboo fiber is also hypoallergenic so there is no risk of allergic reaction to the fiber which is possible with some synthetics and their coatings.

As with most textiles, bamboo is capable of being grown around the world. It has a wide range of growing conditions, but prefers warmer, moister climates, like that of Asia, India and the southern states of the US.

Bamboo is proving to be one of the most significant and versatile natural resources and can be used for many things, from food, to construction materials, to tools, and to textiles. Its growth rate make it a prime textile and materials crop, and an acre of bamboo will outproduce an acre of cotton by a ratio of 10:1 over a 100 year period. Bamboo is also great at absorbing up to 30 percent more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than hardwoods, and a bamboo forest will mature in 4 to 8 years, whereas a hardwood forest will take 40 to 100 years to mature.

I'm going to do my part for the environment and wear my Moseau polo shirts, while I promote biofiber textiles and technologies on and off the golf course.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading your recent posts. I never knew Bamboo was so versatile and I can't wait to learn more.