Review & Giveaway: Dress made from Bamboo Fabric by Zhai Eco Collection! (CLOSED)

Last week, I bought my very first eco-friendly dress from Zhai, a Singapore-based eco-fashion brand. Zhai’s designs are pretty basic and functional. What’s interesting though is that their entire clothing line is made with bamboo fiber, a material that has been gaining popularity in the eco-fashion industry these recent years. Why? I had no idea and that’s why I bought the dress so I could wear it, personally feel it and share with you what could possibly be causing all the hoo-ha about bamboo fabric.

Benefits of Bamboo Fabric
Apparently, aside from being as comfortable and soft (or even softer!) as the conventional cotton, I read that bamboo cloth offers 60% more UV protection than conventional cotton (source). That’s probably what caught my attention the most since I’m a proud sun protection nerd. Of course, I don’t think the resulting UVP (UV Protection) value of bamboo fabric is anything like an impenetrable alien force field but any additional sun protection works for me.

Other benefits of Bamboo cloth include:

  • Anti-fungal/Anti-Bacterial Properties
  • Absorbs Moisture
  • Odor resistant
  • Regulates your body temperature
  • Anti-static
  • Biodegradable
  • Ideal for sensitive skin
  • Soft and comfortable on the skin
  • Strong & Durable, Resistant to Wrinkling

However, there are still some debate on whether bamboo fiber is as green as it’s touted to be. Since raw bamboo fiber is tough like most wood, some manufacturers use heavy chemicals to soften the fibers to save costs. On the other hand, growing and farming bamboo is more sustainable and cheaper compared to cotton. Growing bamboo doesn’t require pesticides and need significantly lesser space (land) and water to survive. An acre of bamboo plantation can produce ten times the amount of fabric that a cotton field of the same size can.

Wearing it, Feeling it
I can’t really tell how well the dress protected me from UV rays and germs but it was definitely comfortable to wear especially under the hot and humid Singapore weather. Surprisingly, although the bamboo fabric felt so much like cotton, it didn’t wrinkle as easily and I was able to iron out minor folds on the dress simply by stretching the fabric a bit. My only qualm was that the fabric isn’t thick enough. The dress definitely needs to be worn over a half-slip and seamless underwear. This is especially true for the beige version (or you might end up showing more than the usual curves we, girls, like to show off). Style-wise, the dress has a basic and classic design. It’s not really my personal style–I prefer my dresses to show more legs–but it was refreshing to see myself wearing something different.

Win a Dress from Zhai!
Zhai Eco Collection has offered to sponsor a second dress (in beige*) as a giveaway prize to one lucky Eco Beauty Secrets reader. The contest rules are simple**. To join, all you need to do is to leave a comment below sharing what your favorite benefit of bamboo fabric is. I’ve already mentioned a list of benefits up there so all you have to do is choose one. If you want an additional entry, you can visit the Eco Beauty Secrets Facebook Page and like the giveaway post but don’t forget to leave your Facebook name on your comment below so I’ll be able to validate your bonus entry. This giveaway runs from May 7 to May 17, 2012 (11:59 PM SST) and is open internationally.

* Unfortunately, the black dress reviewed above is already out-of-stock so I chose the beige dress for the giveaway.
** Winner will be chosen by

UPDATE: And the winner is…

Thanks for joining, everyone! Don’t worry if you didn’t win this one– I’m having another giveaway coming up real soon and there’ll be more than one winner this time around!

Congratulations again, Gin! I’ll send you an e-mail shortly to arrange for the courier of the prize. Unfortunately, if I don’t receive any reply within a week, I’ll have to choose another winner.

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  • Alexandra

    I love that it is wrinkle-free! That makes it perfect for traveling between one and school.

  • Jeni Monroe

    I like that its wrinkle resistant and body temp regulating.

  • Vee

    I have a bamboo tank dress and I love that it helps regulate temp. I don’t sweat in it even on the hottest CA day!

  • Crystal

    Really cute dress! I like that it’s biodegradable.

  • Karen

    I love that it doesn’t wrinkle.

  • Dana

    love how it regulates your body temperature
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  • jacqueline

    i like that it regulates body temp. im always uncomfortable!

  • imasupergirl

    I love that it’s anti-static, as I really have a problem with this.
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  • Chui Shia

    I am drawn by the odor resistant benefit as certain fabrics such as polyester or chiffon does not go well with my skin. Tends to make me smell. So I’m always on the look out for dresses made out of natural fabric material.

  • Sarah

    I actually have pretty sensitive skin, so I love that it is good for that. It looks super comfortable!

  • Sarah

    I liked Eco Beauty Secrets on Facebook! My name is Sarah Scripture.
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  • Sleepyheadedmom

    I like that it’s wrinkle resistant.

  • Rositas

    enter me, please =)

    I love the fact that regulates our body temperature ,)

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  • Rosanne

    My favorite benefit of bamboo fabric is that it has anti – bacterial properties 😉

    on FB I am Rosanne Rox and I liked the giveaway post. ^_^

  • Nadia Essien

    It would be amazing to get such a great dress, I’ve heard so many great things about these dresses!! Wish with eveyrthing tht I get one by winning it, it woulod me the world!! :)

  • Kate

    My favourite is that it regulates temperature – perfect for the beach! x
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  • Veronica

    I have eczema so I would really want to win this because it’s good for sensitive skin. The weather in Singapore is really making my skin prone to allergies

  • B.

    Love that it regulates body temperature and prevents body odor!

  • eco-gal

    What else? It’s because it’s green and I love the environment. I hope that Zhai fabrics are produced in an eco-way, too. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • mell

    I like that the fabric helps regulate body temperature.

  • gail

    regulates body temp

  • gail kuroda

    liked on fb

  • Biki

    I love how it can regulate body temp and is biodegradable and nice for sensitive skin.

  • Teresa Thompson

    I love that it has 60% more UV protection than conventional cotton (source). I have a lot of sun damage on my skin from my teenage years and this is ideal.

  • Teresa Thompson

    Liked the post on fb. Teresa Thompson

  • Diana

    I love the idea of a bamboo dress. So many people are using unnatural materials for dresses! Bamboo sounds cool and does good for the wearer, hopefully me?

  • Pinky Sade

    I like that Bamboo cloth has Anti-fungal/Anti-Bacterial Properties and is Soft and comfortable on the skin! I love everything about bamboo cloth!

  • Pinky Sade

    Liked post on fb – pinky sade

  • Jasmine1485

    I love the sun protection factor, I’m very pale and any extra protection is welcome :)

    I’m already a fan on Facebook (Kate Ryan) and I liked the post.

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  • milktea

    I didn’t know bamboo fabric could be used for clothes, especially such a stylish dress! :)
    My fav benefit: Strong & Durable, Resistant to Wrinkling
    Reason? I don’t wanna iron my clothes too much!

    my fb id: Milktea Hongkong

  • Nia Nasyitah

    I love that it is resistible to wrinkling! Of there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s ironing hahaha!

    FB name: Nia Nasyitah Zulkifli

  • elven johnson

    I like that bamboo cloth offers 60% more UV protection than conventional cotton. I burn easily so this would be great.

  • Akira

    Even though I love eco friendly things and all its benefits sound great to me, I’m kinda lazy too so I think its resistance to wrinkling is probably the best things about it.

  • Zafri

    87 entries! I hope I get chosen! I have only one bamboo tshirt and it’s proven to be really good for my eczema-prone skin. I’m planning to buy more. Thank you for introducing me to Zhai, too!

  • xuen

    I like that it regulates the temperature because it’s so hot in singapore even when it rains sometime.

  • bambi

    I hope I’m not too late pretty please! I love that it doesn’t require ironing. I hate ironing clothes and I’m always late for school!