Our Bamboo Fabric
How does our bamboo fabric benefit you, the wearer?
The unique bamboo mix fabric (patent pending
) we use in our post surgery bras and briefs is extremely soft and completely breathable. Since we only use bamboo that is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 approved, you can be sure that it is free of any harmful substances and will be kind to your skin.
How our fabric supports recovery for breast surgery patients is of the utmost importance to us. We are conducting a clinical study to evaluate how wearing our bras can impact the recovery of women post breast cancer surgery. As part of the study, we had our unique bamboo mix fabric tested by independent experts in comparison to 100% cotton and fabric from a leading competitors bra.
University College Dublin’s (UCD) School of Biomedical Engineering tested the bamboo mix fabric used in our post surgery bras and briefs and found that:
It is anti-bacterial
The fabric is bacteriostatic, meaning when worn next to the skin it prevents the growth of the bacteria most commonly found in surgical site infections.
It is 97% resistant to the growth of gram positive bacteria (Pseudomonas fluorescens) and 93% resistant to the growth of gram negative bacteria (Staphylococcus epidermidis). By comparison 100% cotton offers 0% resistance.
It is more absorbent
The fabric is 59% more absorbent than 100% cotton and 36% more absorbent than a leading competitor's post surgery bra. This means it will keep you drier and more comfortable This is especially important to those undergoing hormone treatments for breast cancer as these can cause hot flushes and excessive perspiration.
It is better at drawing moisture away from the skin
The fabric has 17% better horizontal wicking than 100% cotton and 54% better than a leading competitor’s post surgery bra, so it will keep you cooler.
Since leading independent testing organisation BTTG™ developed the original “breathable” fabric, we thought they were best placed to measure just how our breathable our fabric is. They conducted thermal and water vapour resistance testing our bamboo mix.
It is a fully breathable fabric
The results showed that even in a double layer, as is present in the THEYA Healthcare post surgery bras, our bamboo mix fabric achieved the maximum rating of breathability, so it will not make you perspire.
How does our bamboo fabric benefit the environment?
Bamboo is a sustainable resource because it is very fast growing and can even be cut and regrown recurrently in one year. It can be harvested without the depletion and deterioration of the soil and it also is able to grow on land which is unsuitable for other agriculture/forestry
Bamboo does not require any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers in its cultivation. According to WWF 2.4% of the world’s crop land is planted with cotton and yet it accounts for 24% and 11% of the global sales of insecticide and pesticides respectively.
Bamboo plants absorb about 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide and produces about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees. The WWF states that bamboo plantations have the potential to be a promising part of the solution to the increasing pressure on forestry resources worldwide.