Afrin, T., Tsuzuki, T. and Wang, X. 2009, Bamboo fibres and their unique properties, in Natural fibres in Australasia : proceedings of the combined (NZ and AUS) Conference of The Textile Institute, Dunedin 15-17 April 2009, Textile Institute (NZ), [Dunedin, New Zealand], pp. 77-82.
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This paper collates the different properties of bamboo fibres as claimed by bamboo fibre and product manufacturers. The available information suggests that bamboo fibres have unique properties such as excellent appearance and feel, natural antibacterial, UV-shielding and moisture-controlling characteristics. Hence bamboo fibres provide a very promising alternative to other natural fibres by virtue of their novel properties. However, those properties may largely depend on the manufacturing process, which is not widely disclosed. Moreover, common manufacturing process may require the use of a large amount of chemicals and hence further process development may be required in order to make the product truly eco-friendly. It is identified that the data of those unique properties rarely appear in scientific journals and the validity of those claims can be speculative. Therefore, there is a strong need for non-biased scientific research and evaluation on the unique properties of bamboo fibres.
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