Field Notes

The Benefits of Bemberg

9 May 2018

Posted in: Good to Know, H&F Presents, Environment

Bemberg is created from the raw material of unused cotton seed linter, known as cupro. This is the regenerated cellulose fibre around the cotton seed that is usually discarded in the production of cotton. If you haven’t heard of Bemberg, don’t be surprised as it only makes up 0.02% of the world’s total fibre production.
Bemberg has many benefits such as it’s ability to absorb moisture and being an all season friendly fabric. Read on to learn more about this advanced fibre.



History

Bemberg was established in the late 1890s in Germany by J.P. Bemberg. Since 1931 a Bemberg plant was opened in Japan and it is now the only manufacturer of Bemberg in the world due to their dedication towards research and innovation to the fibre.


Benefits

It's smooth on the skin

In comparison to other natural fibres such as silk, viscose and cotton, cupro has the lowest abrasion recorded from fabrics. This means it is less likely to cause irritation on the skin due its smooth qualities. 

Breathable

Bemberg can absorb and release moisture quickly, as it allows your body to breathe through the fabric. It keeps the wearer feeling fresh and comfortable, instead of feeling hot and sticky, which is caused by most synthetic fibres.

Example


Perfect for all seasons

Finding a fibre that adjusts to the temperatures around you can be difficult. Bemberg regulates your temperature to create the ultimate comfort for any season. In warmer weather the fibre retains the moisture and passes the heat through the garment. In cooler weather the absorbed moisture can generate heat when paired with another fabric and it won’t allow it to escape. Because of the moisture retained in winter, Bemberg releases static electricity and causes friction on the skin. 

Biodegradable

Bemberg is biodegradable in soil, this is best tried in hot and humid summer weather, where you can notice progress within 2 months!

Not only is the fibre biodegradable, but the factory where it is produced generates 40% of their own power from sources such as hydro power generation and biomass power generation. They also aim to have 100% zero emissions – something that is close to being achieved by reducing, recycling and eliminating waste.


You wouldn’t be able to find too many fibres with these great benefits, it might just make you think about how we can make better fabric choices for ourselves going forward.

Take a look at our Bemberg lining here.




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