“wicheddy”) comes from Witjuti Grub and is the
Indigenous spelling of the Australian Larvae – Witchetty Grub or
Witchety Grub. The Witjuti Grub lives in the roots of some acacia trees and
particularly in the roots of the Witchetty Bush, found in Central Australia. As
it is symbolic of natural Australia and it only seems natural for an Australian
clothing label to be called Witjuti.
Witjuti Bamboo Clothing is
made using 95% Viscose/Rayon from Organic bamboo and 5% Spandex.
Bamboo Fabric is:
- Eco Friendly
- Anti Bacterial
- Hypo Allergenic
- Bamboo fabric is softer and more
breathable than cotton.
- Bamboo fabric feels just like silk or cashmere.
- Bamboo has natural
moisture wicking, anti-bacterial, and anti-odour properties
- Bamboo grows
quickly, without chemicals, sucks up a lot of carbon dioxide and releases more
oxygen than trees, and it does not use up water resources.
- Bamboo is grown
pesticide free, herbicide free, GMO free
- Bamboo is 100% biodegradable, so bamboo
garments can be composted.
- Bamboo fabric is kind to the skin, especially eczema
sufferers and those with sensitive skin. No complaints of any itching or
irritation caused by wool or hemp, this is because, bamboo fibres naturally do
not have any sharp spurs like these two fibres’.
- Bamboo clothing is wrinkle
- Bamboo clothing has Thermo regulating properties making it wearable in
every season. It is cool in summers and warm in winters.
- Where does the bamboo come
- Most of the bamboo used to make bamboo fibre and bamboo clothing is grown
in the Sichuan Province, China. Holding the patent for the process of turning
bamboo into fibre this facility produces all of the bamboo viscose on the
market. The bamboo out of this region is certified organic by OCIA (The Organic
Crop Improvement Association). This means they ensure each bamboo stalk is of
100% natural growth and without any chemical pesticides. The proof of the
ecologically sound methods behind bamboo production is the fact that all of the
fibre produced at the facility in China is Oeko-Tex 100 certified, see below,
this certifies that the finished fibre has been tested for any chemicals that
may be harmful to a person’s health and has been found to contain no trace
chemicals that pose any health threat whatsoever. The farm where the bamboo is
grown is certified by the OCIA and the bamboo crops are certified by the USDA
Witjuti’s bamboo suppliers are certified:
What chemicals are used in the processing of witjuti’s
viscose/rayon from organic bamboo and are they hazardous?
The main chemical
used in the processing rayon/viscose from organic bamboo is sodium hydroxide
also known as caustic soda. Caustic soda is a widely used chemical in the
world. It is used in food production, soap making, paper production, and is
used in the wet processing on nearly all cotton fabrics (including organic
cotton). While caustic soda is a strong chemical it poses no health
hazard if used and disposed of properly. Is Rayon/Viscose from organic bamboo
considered “green” or “eco-friendly”? The production of
rayon/viscose from organic bamboo can be improved, and research is underway to
improve the process. If we compare it with cotton then to grow conventional
cotton 25% of the total pesticides used in the world are consumed that are
harmful to the environment.
The facts on if bamboo is “green”:
- Bamboo is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
- Bamboo requires
- Bamboo grows rapidly and can be harvested in 3-5 years.
- Bamboo plant
absorbs 35% more carbon dioxide than the other equal trees
- Bamboo is a
critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the
- Bamboo is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor.
- Bamboo is 100%