The Arbor Collective Releases Their New 2009 Spring-Summer Apparel Line
Bamboo…because it’s freakin’ comfortable! Oh yeah, and it’s ultra green.

Venice, CA – April 22, 2009 – The Arbor Collective has released its new apparel line for spring and summer 2009. The line highlights Arbor’s ongoing use of bamboo-based fabrics; bamboo being the best way Arbor has found to create style, comfort, and function for a life based around surf, skate, and snow.

Deep shades, vibrant earth tones, storied art, strong logos, and modern fits set the style and fashion tone for Arbor’s new spring/summer line. “This line is the best representation yet of what we’re doing at the Collective. We’ve drawn on all of our resources to deliver fit, feel, and function blended with artistic and environmental solutions,” said Bob Carlson, Arbor’s cofounder.

Working with bamboo has allowed Arbor to, once again, enhance its designs, while significantly reducing its impact on the environment. To that end, 98% of the new spring-summer apparel is now made using this fabric. “We believe that bamboo is the most environmentally friendly fabric available.  It provides a rare combination of eco and performance benefits that make it today’s most promising alternative,” added Carlson.

PERFORMANCE BENEFITS
Bamboo-based fabrics are clearly softer and more comfortable to wear. At the same time, they help regulate body temperature by providing improved: breathability, moisture wicking, and UV protection. Bamboo poly blends also dry faster than the alternatives.  The fabric is naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal. As a result, no chemical treatments are needed, making bamboo-based fabrics hypoallergenic.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Bamboo is an exceptionally renewable resource that grows faster than any other plant, to a height that allows much more usable fiber to be produced per acre than with cotton or hemp.  Once harvested, bamboo self-propagates and re-grows.  This amazing renewability is 100% sustainable.  Bamboo cultivation requires no chemicals and a much smaller land and water footprint, while preventing erosion, improving soil quality, and absorbing larger amounts of carbon dioxide.

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS…

Bamboo Boardshorts – $56.95 to $59.95 – Arbor boardshorts are made with a bamboo nano-particle infused polyester. This technical bamboo application allows Arbor to create a faster drying and more breathable boardshort with natural antimicrobial properties that reduce odor and skin irritation. The bamboo content also lessens Arbor’s reliance on petroleum-based polymers (polyester) by 40%.  The new 22-inch design comes in three styles with two colorways each. The pockets and drainage features have all been updated.

“In the water these stylish, lightweight shorts made from bamboo blend were topnotch because they were flexible and never caught on the knees. Out of the water, they looked like dress shorts, felt like silk, and dried quickly.” –New York Times

“The fabric is lightweight, has a smooth feel, and is pretty darn well suited to surfing since the bamboo is naturally quick-drying, hypoallergenic and antibacterial.” –The Surfer’s Path

Lightweight Bamboo Hoodies – $68.95 – The new Dusker pullover is made with a 40/60 bamboo to cotton stripped-slub fabric that’s amazingly comfortable. This light, jersey-weight hoodie is warm enough to ward off a post surf or summer night chill.  At the same time, its bamboo fabrication makes the Dusker more breathable and ideal for warmer spring and summer days.

Women’s V-neck Tees – $39.95 – New Arbor ladies V-neck tees are made with an ultra-soft 70/30 bamboo to cotton blend that delivers a level of fit, feel, function, and style important to today’s active and eco-conscious women.

New Belt Option – $64.00 – Arbor has added a lower profile option to its popular line of belts. This new 1.5” belt and 3”x2.5” buckle is still made using a range of reclaimed, inlaid veneer from Arbor’s skate and snowboard production – waste not.

ABOUT THE ARBOR COLLECTIVE: Arbor was founded in 1995 on the assertion that solutions to many of today’s most difficult snow, skate, and apparel design challenges exist in the natural world. For 14 years, Arbor has built on the belief of replacing, environmentally harmful materials with ecologically based, natural alternatives. Arbor’s goal is to create a higher level of function and relevance in the most responsible way possible. The end result must be improved style and performance with significantly reduced impact on the environment. “We need clean air to skate, clean water to surf, and snow to ride…”

For more information about the Arbor Collective, please visit www.arborcollective.com