Using bamboo in PPE products

Bamboo fibre is becoming increasingly well-known for its use in clothing due to its soft, luxurious feel attributed to the smooth, round structure of its fibres. Its breathability, high capacity and quick moisture absorption properties helps keep skin cool, dry and comfortable when compared to synthetic or even cotton equivalents.

If you tried to break down bamboo with your bare hands… you wouldn’t be able to. That’s because it’s an exceptionally strong fibre – but strength isn’t typically the first feature you think of with bamboo. Bamboo is mostly known as a sustainable, multi-use, eco-crop with a huge environmental impact. In our mission to become the industry’s leading sustainable PPE manufacturer, we started exploring what could happen if we took those strong, sustainable bamboo fibres and used it to create PPE products.

Bamboo fabric:

Light and strong

Lightweight and very strong

Excellent wicking properties

Excellent wicking properties and pulls moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate

Bamboo is kind to skin

Does not cause skin reactions like wool and hemp can cause

Can absorb 50% more moisture than cotton

Can absorb up to 50% more moisture than cotton

Bamboo is able to take three times its weight in water

Able to take three times its weight in water

Cool in summer and warm in winter

Cool in summer and warm in winter

Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic

Bamboo is also naturally hypoallergenic making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. It also boasts antibacterial properties thus making it ideal for gloves and physically demanding tasks. Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is able to retain, even through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and cause unpleasant odours.

Silky-soft feel and high moisture absorption thanks to bamboo fibres

uvex cut protection gloves based on the latest generation of patented uvex Bamboo TwinFlex® technology set new standards in protection, comfort, flexibility, dexterity and economy. The tailor-made cut-protection comfort class helps increase wearer acceptance - particularly when carrying out demanding activities. The unique combination of silky-soft bamboo fibre and high-tech protective fibres ensures a high level of wearer comfort and good climate characteristics, while also providing effective protection. After all, a safety glove can only help to prevent accidents if the user actually wears it.

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Patented Bamboo TwinFlex® protection
Cut-resistant glass fibres and abrasion-resistant polyamide guarantee optimum mechanical protection. The use of steel fibres in combination with HPPE and polyamide increases the cut protection to level D.

Patented Bamboo TwinFlex® comfort
Silky-soft comfortable material on the inside of the bamboo-viscose glove ensures very high wearer comfort against the skin. The bamboo fibre not only feels incredibly good on the skin, it also has a very high and quick moisture absorption to keep your skin comfortable and dry while working.

From bamboo to safety glove

uvex patented Bamboo Twinflex® Technology combines outstanding skin sensory properties with excellent climate characteristics. Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. Bamboo fabric has been growing in popularity due to its many unique properties and is more sustainable than most textile fibres.

Bamboo, a renewable resource, is grown efficiently with no pesticides or harsh chemicals
The bamboo is cultivated and processed in our CO2-neutral facility, using only 100% green energy
The bamboo fibres are then spun into an extremely durable and silky-soft yarn
The yarn is manufactured into a tightly-bound knit alongside protective fibres to produce uvex Bamboo TwinFlex®

From bamboo to safety shoe

The breathable distance mesh lining of the uvex 1 G2 planet is made of 18% bamboo fibres and 52% recycled polyester.

made from 100 percent recycled polyester
Distance mesh lining

uvex products featuring bamboo fibres

uvex Bamboo TwinFlex® technology

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