Cariloha Bamboo Clothing Retailer Opens in Barbados

Cariloha is the only retailer in Barbados selling exclusively bamboo apparel, bed and bath goods.

SALT LAKE CITY – September 29, 2011 –

With thousands of private businesses in the Caribbean islands, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products. Hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more – all made from unique bamboo blends.

“We live in a much more environmentally conscious world,” said Cariloha AVP of Communications, Scott Brady. “Consumers are looking for more opportunities to protect and renew mother earth than ever before. Cariloha’s eco-friendly bamboo products bring such an opportunity to the Barbados and cruise-tourist marketplace.

Located in the Barbados cruise ship terminal in the capital city of Bridgetown, this new Cariloha retail establishment is the fourteenth Cariloha store worldwide. Everyone who gets on or off the cruise ships in Barbados must walk by this 640-sq-ft store.Cariloha staffers encourages visitors to Barbados to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves. In fact, every store visitor gets a free bamboo lei just for stopping by. Bamboo apparel is twice as soft to touch as cotton, and it keeps you a few degrees cooler, too. When the sun heats up, the bamboo fabric remains cool, despite the hot temperatures. In addition, bamboo is naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and repels odor and skin irritation, which is always helpful on a hot, humid day in Barbados.

“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle somewhere likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO.  “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be husked and separated into ultra-soft fabric for making apparel and other goods at little-to-no risk on the environment. In fact, some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet per day. It’s one of the most renewable resources on the planet.”

Barbados is the easternmost island in the Lesser Antilles portion of the Caribbean. The store is located in Bridgetown, which is Barbados’ capital and main city. Barbados’ far eastern location puts the country just outside the principal hurricane strike zone. Its southern and western coasts are popular with their light-blue Caribbean water and white and pinkish sandy beaches. Shopping districts are popular in Barbados, with ample duty-free shopping. Other attractions include wildlife reserves, jewelry and clothing stores, scuba diving, helicopter rides, golf, festivals (the largest being the annual Crop Over festival July/Aug), sightseeing, and cave exploration.

About Cariloha
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in nine countries and growing. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.

Media Contact
Scott Brady
Office: 800-884-5815 ext. 125
Mobile: 801-573-9927

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