Bamboo Textiles NZ
Anti-bacterial Properties

No more smelly feet – ever. No more unpleasant body odour.

Bamboo has been grown for millennia in Asia without the use of pesticides. It is rarely attacked by any pests and not susceptible to diseases. The reason for this, Japanese scientists have found, is a unique anti-bacterial agent of bamboo named “bamboo kun”. This substance, combined with the tight molecular structure of bamboo fibres, are believed to give it its anti-bacterial and bacteriostatic properties – which is not diminished even after more than 50 washes! It is also quite different from chemical additives which can often cause skin irritations and other problems.

Anti-bacterial Testing conducted by CTITC (China Textile Industry Testing Centre)
Anti-bacteria test FZ/T 01021-92 conducted July 2003.

Testing Fabric Bacteria Introduced 24 hrs later bacteria count Performance
Bamboo fabric 8.6 X 10,000 (= 86,000) 0.2 X 100 (= 20) 99.8% elimination
Cotton fabric 2 X 100,000 (= 200,000) 1.1 X 100,000,000 (= 110,000,000) 55,000% INCREASE

Scientific tests have been performed by various international textile testing laboratories. These can easily be accessed in numerous websites. In bamboo fabric, bacteria numbers were reduced to less than 0.2%., whereas in cotton fabric, bacteria number increased to 550 times the original. (

When a bamboo fibre fabric is worn against the skin:
*1 – Any moisture (sweat) is immediately absorbed and taken away from the skin
*2 – The powerful natural anti-bacterial property of the bamboo constantly keeps bacteria populations in check.
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