Green your wardrobe with this handy guide to the best UK bamboo clothing brands for men and women.
Fast fashion is addicted to cheap, petroleum-derived fabrics. From polyester and acrylic to nylon and lycra, brands just can’t get enough.
The problem is that these synthetic fabrics are derived from oil, and drive climate change. In fact, Changing Markets Foundation says that the production of synthetic fibres currently accounts for 1.35% of our total global oil consumption. This figure seems small, but when you realise that the total exceeds the annual oil consumption of Spain, then you know that it’s problematic.
The other issue with these synthetic fibres is the microplastics that they shed throughout their lifetime. These are the tiny bits of plastic that slough off our clothes when we wash and dry them – some of which can be invisible to the naked eye.
Again, this seems like a benign issue, but scientists have found these microplastics at the bottom of the ocean’s deepest trenches and in our bodies. Worryingly, we don’t yet know what the long-term impacts of exposure to these microplastics are.
If you’re looking for a more sustainable alternative, bamboo clothing can be a better choice. Derived from renewable resources, it’s naturally soft and breathable, and won’t shed microplastics.
The Best Bamboo Clothing Brands To Know
To help you shop smarter, I’ve rounded up the best bamboo clothing brands available right now. From t-shirts and dresses to socks, underwear and shoes, you’ll find sustainable alternatives for every wardrobe.
Use the following quick links to jump to information about each brand, or keep scrolling for the full post:
To make things more helpful, I’ve included a rough price guide for you. The price range key for this guide is: £ = Under £50 | ££ = £50 – 100 | £££ = £100+.
Budget: £ – ££
Caters for men (sizes S – XXL) and women (UK sizes 8 – 18)
Available directly from BAM
Looking for bamboo clothing to support your active lifestyle? BAM is my top choice for this.
From bamboo baselayers for walking and hiking, to bamboo clothing for yoga and pilates, the gym, and running, there’s everything you need to get active the sustainable way.
For rest days, you’ll find bamboo casual wear and loungewear. And you’ll even find bamboo underwear and sweat-wicking bamboo socks.
What’s to love about BAM is that this bamboo clothing brand is currently working toward some very ambitious environmental goals.
BAM has set goals for zero waste to landfill, zero pollution and zero wasted water – all by 2030. This applies to every single process – from the growing of the bamboo to the manufacturing of its clothes, right the way through to the way BAM clothes are recycled at the end of their life.
Sign up for the BAM mailing list and get 10% off your first order.
Budget: £ – ££
Caters for men (sizes S – XL) and women (UK sizes 6 – 22)
Available directly from Boody
If you’re looking for vegan-friendly bamboo clothing then try Boody.
This wholly vegan clothing brand specialises in ethically made basics – think leisurewear, sportswear, underwear and socks – all made from sustainably grown bamboo.
You won’t find any jazzy patterns or colours here. Instead, in line with Boody’s focus on the basics, the colour palette is minimal. You’ll find unpatterned clothing in blacks, whites and greys.
In terms of ethics, Boody is a certified B-Corp – a business that gives equal weight to people, the planet and profit. This means that all of its clothing is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified bamboo. Ethical production is also key. Boody is WRAP-certified, which independently certifies that its workers are treated fairly.
Take 10% off your first order when you sign up for Boody’s mailing list.
Budget: £ – £££
Caters for: Men (XS – 3XL) and women (UK sizes 6 – 20)
Available from John Lewis
Whether it’s socks or underwear, clothes for chilling out in, clothes for partying in, or smart clothes for work, the brand Thought Clothing is a solid choice for bamboo clothing.
With a wide range of stylish bamboo clothing for men and women, it’s one I often turn to when looking for sustainable clothing.
As well as producing a wide range of bamboo clothing, the brand also uses only certified natural and recycled fibres and fabrics and makes its clothes ethically.
Caters for: Men and women (UK sizes 2.5 – 12)
Available directly from Cariuma
As well as your clothing, you can even give your footwear the bamboo treatment with the Brazilian brand Cariuma.
This footwear brand makes stylish eco-conscious trainers. Made from the highest quality natural materials, Cariuma manufactures its trainers in a low-impact, environmentally friendly way, in partnership with ethical factories.
Whilst not all of its trainers are made from bamboo, its stylish Ibi collection is. These are all made from bamboo and recycled plastics. What’s more, they are fully machine washable, to help them keep looking new for longer.
Caters for men, women and children
Available directly from Barekind
When it comes to bamboo socks, Barekind is high up there on our favourites list.
Barekind makes fun animal prints socks for every member of the family – all of which are ethically made from a blend of bamboo and cotton. With over 40 different animals to choose from – you’re sure to find your favourite.
What makes Barekind special is that every sock features an endangered animal. Each design is then linked with a charity partner that is working to help save that specific animal. So, for every pair sold, Barekind donates 10% of the profits to save the animal on the socks. In the case of these Panda socks pictured, 10% of the profits from each sale is donated to Pandas International.
For more bamboo sock recommendations, see my guide to the best bamboo socks.
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I’m always on the lookout for more bamboo clothing brands to feature here, so do check back later for more recommendations!