YALA’s soft and sustainable bamboo fabric is easy to love—the way it fits and flows, how it feels against your skin. But have you ever wondered where YALA bamboo comes from?
A Journey to the Shunan Bamboo Sea, our Sustainable Source
Introducing the Shunan Bamboo Sea. This national park protects 46 square miles of highlands in Sichuan, China. This lush forest is home to 58 different types of bamboo. Diverse species of fauna and countless waterfalls also thrive within its borders.
We know, we know… Chinese goods get a lot of mixed press these days. But we'd like to offer another peerspective. At YALA, we believe in the power of cultivating cross-cultural partnerships.
Over time, these relationships empower consumers to influence the way garments are produced. In this way, one purchase at a time, conscious business has the power to change the world.
The Origins of Bamboo Clothing
Back in the 1990’s, China faced a food shortage. With hungry bellies to fill, the prime agricultural land being used for cotton was needed for grain.
Enter bamboo. It requires no fertilizer. No pesticides. No irrigation. It grows in places unsuitable for farming, making it a renewable source of fiber for clothing.
And did we mention bamboo fabric makes for the most comfortable sleepwear imaginable?
Bamboo and Ecological Stewardship
It may seem counterintuitive to allow bamboo harvesting in a protected area. But when we remove aging bamboo stalks, we prevent overcrowding. Workers must do this by hand, bringing livelihood to local villages near the park.
Bamboo stabilizes hillsides and preserves habitat. It also captures carbon and purifies air and water. And it provides mystical backdrops for Crouching Tigers & Hidden Dragons.
We digress, but you get the point. Bamboo production in the Shunan Bambo Sea is a victory for everyone. Consumers, conservationists, and local communities all benefit!
Stay tuned for future installments on the process of turning raw bamboo into the fiber you know and love. It’s cleaner and greener than you may have heard.