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Article: Water Preservation and Bamboo

A small waterfall in a lush bamboo forest.

Water Preservation and Bamboo

Water is collectively our most valuable natural resource, and our water systems are in trouble worldwide. With persistent droughts and the depletion of annual snowpacks and groundwater reserves, conserving water has never been more important. 

And while our personal water use is always a factor, the biggest use of water is agricultural. This includes growing many of the natural fibers we use for our clothing and bedding. At YALA we choose materials and production methods with water preservation top of mind. ⁠ ⁠

Conserving Water With Bamboo

Our primary natural fiber is organic bamboo, which requires ZERO irrigation, growing in forests that receive abundant rainfall.⁠ In fact, bamboo cultivation has been shown to enhance moisture in micro-climates and naturally filter water for surrounding communities.

Protecting Water with Organic Cotton

Our secondary natural fiber is organic cotton, which reduces the irrigation required of traditional cotton production by 91%. Organic cotton farming methods also eliminate pesticide and chemical run-off from contaminating water supplies.

Our fabric dyeing and fiber production processes use closed-loop systems. ⁠Reusing at least 98% of this water repeatedly reduces the demands on local water systems, and keeps that water out of streams and rivers.

Keeping Water Local

In addition, we stock local spring water at the office delivered in large refillable jugs, to eliminate the need for single-use water bottles while providing safe hydration to our employees.⁠ Every bit helps. 

Choose Water-Friendly YALA Products

From forest to fabric, and from sleepwear to bedding, we’re committed to reducing our water footprint in every way possible. We’re grateful for your continued support, which helps us continue our sustainability mission!

Take Action for Water Preservation

Feel like taking action? In addition to shopping brands that factor natural systems into their bottom line, you can also lend support to non-profits making a difference. Here are two of our favorite organizations getting clean drinking water to the most vulnerable communities:

Charity Water is dedicated to helping to bring clean and safe water to every person on the planet:

The Water Project works to unlock human potential by providing reliable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation:

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