Cariloha Receives Fast 50 Award

28 Aug

Utah Business magazine this week honored Cariloha as the 17th fastest-growing company in Utah at the annual Fast 50 Awards event.

Fast 50 - Cariloha Ranks #17

Members of Cariloha’s Executive Team at the Fast 50 Awards (L to R): Dustin Tate (EVP/Sales), Jeff Pedersen (CEO), and Brent Rowser (CFO).

The 2014 Fast 50 is dominated by examples of and accompanied by illustrations of record growth and progression in industry. The Fast 50 program recognizes innovative companies that have the concepts and strategies in place to sustain record growth.

Hundreds of Utah-based companies seek to be on the list every year, and only 50 companies are selected. Cariloha ranked ahead of such outstanding companies as, USANA, and many others.

These fastest-growing companies came together under one roof at the Grand America Hotel to celebrate their economic successes, which collectively brought in more than $10 billion in revenue this past year alone. This year’s list actually contained 51 entries because of a tie for 50th place. The top 50 companies were selected on a combination of five years of revenue growth and revenue generation.

Also honored were the Emerging Eight—companies that have been in business less than five years but are experiencing significant growth.

Utah Business magazine put on the Fast 50 Awards and will feature the companies in September’s issue of the magazine. Fox 13 News anchor, Bob Evans, was the master of ceremonies for the event. The entire 2014 Fast 50 list is featured here.

In 2013 and 2014 Cariloha was named one of America’s fastest-growing companies on the Inc. 500|5000 list, and Founder and CEO, Jeff Pedersen, was recognized as CEO of the Year and an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur the Year® finalist winner in 2013 and 2014.

Cariloha Bamboo Sponsors Outdoor Adventure, Ultra-Runner, Landon Faulkner

27 Aug

Landon Faulkner Sponsored by Cariloha Bamboo

Landon Faulkner Making Adventure in Cariloha Bamboo
By Landon Faulkner

This has been in the works for a few weeks, but it’s finally official: I’m sponsored by Cariloha! It feels like a huge step in my running and adventuring to have a company support what I am doing. That feels exciting to me! I’m grateful to Cariloha for their support and am stoked to be working with such a fantastic company.

What do they do and why Cariloha? Well, Cariloha is a bamboo clothing and apparel company that makes seriously awesome bamboo products. I first tried Cariloha socks a few months ago and was hooked. Their socks are ridiculously comfortable, breathable, wicking and soft. Cariloha has a performance line of clothing for men and women which is what I generally use for running, hiking and most of my adventuring.

I have been dying to share since things were finalized last week. Now that my Achilles Tendonitis appears to be healed up I am excited to get back to training with the Tamalpa Headlands 50k coming up in just one month now. This evening I’ll be throwing on my Cariloha gear and braving the heat wave we are currently having here in Northern California to log a few miles.

My training plan for the next four weeks has been skewed a bit by this injury, but I am looking to ease back into the mileage without re-injury. Staying healthy is the most important thing at the moment and the slow down in training will mean a slower finish time, but I’d rather be able to race than not race and still be injured.

So huge thanks for all of your positive vibes, I’m pretty sure they worked because just a couple of days after I wrote asking for your positive vibes the pain seemed to disappear. I’ve tried really hard to be patient as I worked on stretching and rehab last week without running even though I was feeling good. I am stoked to get out for a little run today. I’m crossing my fingers all goes well and pain free.

Read more about Landon Faulkner’s running schedule and outdoor fitness tips here.

7 Reasons Bamboo is a better option than Cotton

22 Aug

bamboo forest

Minimal Crop Losses
Bamboo has always been grown without pesticides where some non-organic cotton requires 1/3 pounds of fertilizer per pound and can be determined to use 25% of all chemical pesticides used on American crops. Though organic cotton has gone great strides to make sure that their environmental impact here is less, the process still isn’t perfect. Unfortunately because methods of reducing pests are limited to composted manures, innovative yet time consuming weeding strategies, trap crops and beneficial insects, organic cotton may experience more crop waste where bamboo is naturally resistant to insects or infecting pathogens.

bamboo leaves

Bamboo Uses 1/3 less Water to Grow
Bamboo requires no irrigation requiring 1/3 the amount of water to grow than is necessary for cotton. Water is becoming more of a bounded commodity every day and many farmers don’t have the necessary water to grow their crops properly. Bamboo has always been a self sufficient crop that needs no irrigation and uses water much more efficiently that cotton and other trees.

Bamboo is a Self-Replenishing Resource
Bamboo rarely if ever needs replanting. The miracle of bamboo is that it miraculously will sprout on its own and one acre of bamboo will yield 10 times more than one acre of cotton. Cotton needs harvesting and re-planting each year which can be a process. Some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet a day and can be fully harvestable within 3-4 years all while replenishing the crop on its own.

Bamboo Fiber Spinning

Stronger than Cotton
It’s no secret that viscose from bamboo is one of the strongest and most affordable fabrics to wear, sleep in, or just cozy up against. Whether you are talking about a shirt or pants, or bed sheets or towels, bamboo will outlast cotton in keeping shape, strength, and durability three times over when cared for properly. The care methods are simple and efficient and don’t require any special methodology. Bamboo materials also require less washing than most cotton which also plays a part in life cycle of a product. On top of this, the bamboo fibers require less dye that cotton for coloration, and are noted to keep their bright colors significantly longer.

Softer than Cotton
Now, Egyptian cotton is a very coveted form of fabric and therefore is also very expensive. Viscose from bamboo has been compared to some of the most luxurious fabrics like silk and Egyptian cotton but costs much less. Another plus to this amazing soft material is that it is also hypo-allergenic and can be worn by anyone without causing any allergic reactions or skin irritation whereas that is not always the case for cotton.

Bamboo is softer than cotton

Bamboo is More Absorbent and Breathable than Cotton
Moisture is everywhere even when we don’t notice it. Our bodies sweat and the air emits moisture, and sometimes this can become irritating, embarrassing, or just plain uncomfortable when wearing a material that won’t absorb moisture quickly. Bamboo is 40% more absorbent than even the finest organic cotton, wicking moisture away from the skin much faster and keeping you dry and comfortable easier. Bamboo can take in three times more water than its weight which once made into a fabric, means that it also is able to get rid of moisture faster.

Bamboo Smells Better and Stays Cleaner
One of the most amazing properties of bamboo itself is that it has antimicrobial properties referred to as “Bamboo Kun”. These natural antimicrobial bio-agents make help reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and other materials as well as on the human skin. Ever wondered why bamboo floor mats are so popular in countries where shoes aren’t worn inside a whole lot? It might have something to do with the fact that these antibacterial properties keep things smelling on a constant basis. This is the same for bamboo clothing, sheets, and towels.

One bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods retailer that provides an ideal opportunity to experience the benefits of bamboo firsthand is Cariloha. The bamboo brand is geared toward the comfort driven and eco-conscious individual who’s wanting to enjoy a fabric that’s not only soft and cool to the touch, but also clean and green for your body and humanity. It’s the only brand with a full line of merchandise made of viscose from bamboo blends.

Learn more about the benefits of bamboo and see more eco-friendly bamboo products right here.

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Cariloha Recognized on Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 Fastest-Growing Companies in America

21 Aug

inc 5000 logo

Cariloha Ranks No. 1139 on the 2014 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 387%

Cariloha, international retail brand specializing in bamboo-based apparel, accessories, bedding, and bath goods, announced its ranking at no. 1139 on Inc. magazine’s eighth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive list of the fastest-growing private companies in America.

Cariloha received additional recognition at no. 17 in the Salt Lake City metro area overall and has added 188 jobs over the past three years. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy — America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“At Cariloha, we offer soft, cool, clean and green products. It’s exactly what customers are craving today and in the years to come. They don’t just want a product, they want to make a difference in the world. Cariloha is doing just that, and being on the Inc. 500|5000 list drives us to continue expanding our bamboo product line and our reach across the globe,” said Jefferson G. Pedersen, Founder and CEO of Cariloha. “We’re changing the world one Cariloha Bamboo product at a time. Bamboo is the most sustainable resource on the planet, and all our products are made of viscose from bamboo. It’s a comfy way to save the world.”

“For 33 years, Inc. has welcomed the fastest-growing private companies in America into a very exclusive club. The average company on the list grew a mind-boggling 516 percent. Those are results most businesses could only dream of,” said Eric Schurenberg, Inc. magazine President and Editor in Chief. “As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Cariloha now shares pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Jamba Juice, Timberland, Cliff Bar, Pandora, Patagonia, Oracle, and other notable alumni. In addition to Cariloha, the 2014 list added such powerhouses as GoPro, Bridger, Fuhu, Tough Mudder, Bowlmor, and Lending Club. You are in good company – which is exactly where you belong.”

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at

About Cariloha
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only multi-store retailer in the United States to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products 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 13 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.

Scott Brady
801-562-3001 ext. 125

The 2013 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2009. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2012. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2009 is $100,000; the minimum for 2012 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at

Cariloha Introduces New Bamboo Throw Blankets

15 Aug

Cariloha Bamboo Blanket 2014

Bamboo retailer, Cariloha, this week announced the newest iteration of its bamboo throw blankets made of viscose from bamboo. Designed by Cariloha’s product and R&D teams, the new blankets will be available exclusively at Cariloha stores and online by October.

Not only does the blanket’s reintroduction broaden Cariloha’s bamboo bedding line, but it also answers consumer demand for a bamboo blanket that was only available during the holiday season last year.

The Cariloha bamboo blanket comes in three color options (sandy, ocean blue, and harbor gray). The noticeably softer fabric content is 50% bamboo and 50% polyester. Dimensions: 50” x 70”. Retail pricing: $119.

“It’s the softest, most durable bamboo blanket we’ve released to date,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha VP of Communications. “We’ve added a reinforcing topstitch to give the blanket a cleaner, stronger finish, along with a fabric reinforcement strip around the seam area to provide more durability. The plush-pile fabric makes the Cariloha blanket ultra-comfy and ideal for year round use.”

“The hypoallergenic, odor-resistant properties of the bamboo blankets help prevent skin irritation and mildew smells, unlike non-bamboo throws,” said Brady. “Allergies, odors and moisture are repelled easier because of the naturally occurring bamboo properties, which make the blankets ideal for any household.”

Cariloha bamboo blankets come with a 90-day quality guarantee. If the blankets don’t live up to the customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them without reservation. The bamboo blankets are machine washable on delicate cycle and tumble dried low. To preserve fabric plushness, Cariloha does not recommend ringing, shaking or vacuuming them. The blankets are also eligible for Cariloha’s free drop-shipping program to any U.S. mailing address.

Stay Cooler, Longer in Bamboo Fitness Wear

14 Aug

Cariloha’s ultra-soft, refreshingly cool Bamboo Fit wear is like no other on earth because it’s made from bamboo. Recently, the brand has taken a fresh look at its fitness line, introducing several base-layer options for men and women along with a full line of tops and bottoms. Ultimately, bamboo fitness fans get more outstanding varieties for a complete workout ensemble. The Cariloha Bamboo Fit styles are meant to pair together and feature the same color story that works throughout all clothing styles. Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line features the Four P’s to thriving while being active: Athletic Performance. Odor Prevention. Skin Preservation. Sun Protection. All are encompassed in Cariloha’s line of bamboo fitness wear.

You don’t have to take our word for it, though, read the unbiased media review about Cariloha Bamboo Fit wear for yourself…

Cariloha Men's Bamboo Fitness Training Shorts

Cariloha Bamboo Activewear
By Today’s Woman

Bamboo clothing’s excellent wicking properties make wearers feel extremely cool and comfortable in the hot summer months. Bamboo fiber is four times more absorbent than cotton. Clothes made from bamboo also naturally provide added protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays. Because of it’s antimicrobial and anti-bacterial properties, bamboo is the ideal material for active wear. Bamboo fibers naturally possess a smooth and rounded surface, making clothing made from bamboo very wearable, even for people who have skin sensitivities or other allergies and dermatitis.

Cariloha is a premier, luxury-brand retailer of products made of viscose from bamboo, offering apparel and accessory for men and women. Cariloha’s ultra-soft bamboo fitness wear incorporates bamboo’s natural qualities of wicking away moisture, drying quickly and helping to keep the body thermal regulated – at the same time being extremely breathable.Shorts

Made of 55% Organic Cotton, and 45% Bamboo Viscose, Cariloha Bamboo Training Shorts are the perfect workout apparel for men with an active lifestyle. The shorts feature an elastic waistband with draw cord and side vents, plus two side-mesh pockets. Added natural UPF 50+ protection and anti-odor technology makes them the perfect shorts for summer, weather hanging out at the beach or cutting the grass in the backyard. They are also perfect for traveling; you can wear them as pajamas shorts or out shopping. Featuring natural temperature regulation with moisture wicking properties these shorts will keep you cool when the temperature heats up.

My husband found Cariloha Bamboo Training Shorts to provide maximum breathability and a great comfort fit. They are extremely light weight, but sturdily made. Even after several wears and washes the shorts still look new. These bamboo shorts are just what he wanted and in fact has requested I order him another pair.

Read the entire review by Today’s Woman about Cariloha Bamboo Fitness Wear here.

Be Actively Comfortable in Cariloha Bamboo Fitness Wear

8 Aug

Cariloha’s ultra-soft, refreshingly cool Bamboo Fit wear is like no other on earth because it’s made from bamboo. Recently, the brand has taken a fresh look at its fitness line, introducing several base-layer options for men and women along with a full line of tops and bottoms. Ultimately, bamboo fitness fans get more outstanding varieties for a complete workout ensemble. The Cariloha Bamboo Fit styles are meant to pair together and feature the same color story that works throughout all clothing styles. Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line features the Four P’s to thriving while being active: Athletic Performance. Odor Prevention. Skin Preservation. Sun Protection. All are encompassed in Cariloha’s line of bamboo fitness wear.

You don’t have to take our word for it, though, read the unbiased media review about Cariloha Bamboo Fit wear for yourself…

Cariloha Bamboo Fitness Wear

Cariloha Bamboo Performance Wear
By Style, Decor & More

What motivates you to be active? Well, for starters it helps to have stylish, comfortable, and breathable workout apparel. It sure works for me! I am absolutely loving my new workout wear from Cariloha!

Cariloha takes comfort to a whole new level with its bamboo performance wear! I had no idea how many benefits there were to using bamboo apparel. I have bamboo sheets that are amazingly soft, but I never really thought about clothing. Bamboo is the most “green” and sustainable, renewable resource on the planet. Aside from its super soft texture, bamboo requires significantly less pesticides than cotton, it’s breathable, naturally antimicrobial, blocks 99% of UV rays, moisture wicking, is lightweight, and hypo-allergenic. Isn’t that incredible?

I’m wearing Cariloha’s Bamboo X Cami and Bamboo Yoga Pant fitness wear, and couldn’t be happier! The super cute racer-back cami has 4-way stretch and a mid-impact, built-in shelf bra. The yoga pant also offers 4-way stretch and all the comfort of bamboo. Each Cariloha item features the Four P’s to thriving while being active: Athletic Performance. Odor Prevention. Skin Preservation. Sun Protection.

If bamboo is good for the environment, healthier, and softer than cotton, why would anyone want to use anything else?

Tips for Surviving a Hot Summer – Bamboo Bed Sheets Help

7 Aug

Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheets

Tips For Surviving A Hot Summer Without Air Conditioning
By Discover, Explore, Learn

Summertime is all about being together as a family, creating lifelong memories, and enjoying countless hours in the beautiful sunshine.

Watching the kids run through the sprinkler, sipping on cold lemonade, and eating more popsicles than you probably should, are all part of the leisurely flow that comes along with summer.

You know what else comes with summer? Hot, humid, sticky, sweaty days and nights.
This isn’t a huge problem if your home has AC, but if your family is like mine, and living without air conditioning, you’ll appreciate these tips to keep you (and the kids) happy and comfortable all summer long, no matter how hot it gets.

Start your day early – Take advantage of the cooler temps in the morning, by opening all the windows in your home, allowing cool air in and hot air out.

I wake up early (before dawn) to start work, so opening the windows is the first thing I do. If you’re worried about safety (keeping kids safe on upper levels and keeping intruders out), you might want to purchase some window locks (we have these , and have been very happy with them).

Early morning is also a great time to get any cleaning or yard work done before it gets too hot.

Eat the right foods – Cool your body from the inside out. Eating refreshing foods – fruits, salads, raw veggies & hummus, smoothies, and other fresh foods that hydrate you and fill your body with vitamins and minerals, is the best way to stay healthy on sweltering summer days.

My kids love to make Rainbow Fruit Kabobs!

Water, water, and more water – On hot summer days, water is your friend. Do whatever you have to do to make sure the kids (and you) are drinking enough water.

Last summer, I bought each of my boys a Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle. I keep them filled and in the fridge, so the kids can grab them whenever they need a drink. I don’t keep any soda or juice in the house (except on very rare occasions), so that makes a huge difference in how much water we all drink.

Get outside – Even on the hottest days, if you find a shady spot outdoors, it’s likely to be much cooler than inside your home. Load up the squirt guns, fill the kiddie pool, slather on the sunscreen, grab some snacks, and get outdoors.

The kids will have a blast, and you’ll get to enjoy some relaxing down time – read a book, listen to music, or just enjoy watching your children play and explore.

Keep the lights off – This one isn’t too difficult, especially with all of the natural light available on the long summer days. Turning lights on (even when you don’t need them) is a habit though, so it’s important to be intentional about this.

Light bulbs give off a lot of heat (even the new environmentally-friendly ones), so take advantage of the fact that it doesn’t get dark until after 9pm in the summer, and keep those lights off. Bonus: You might end up with a lower electricity bill.

Use fans (the right way) – Obviously, if you don’t have air conditioning in your home, the logical way to keep cool, is to use fans. Try these simple steps to maximize the benefits of a fan:
• Make sure your ceiling fan blades are going in a counter-clockwise direction. This will ensure the hot air is being pushed up and out, instead of just swirling around the room.
• Fill a shallow bowl with ice cubes and place it in front of a fan. As the ice melts, the fan will blow a cooling mist throughout the room.
• Open up the windows at night (when the temperature drops), and place a box fan pointing out the window. This will help push hot air from inside the house out the window, lowering the temperature inside.
• Set up numerous fans in each room of the house to create a cross-breeze.

Invest in proper bedding – It’s one thing to be hot and sticky during the day, but it’s a whole other story when it comes to trying to sleep on hot summer nights.
We all know that if the kids are up all night, tossing and turning because they are too hot, parents won’t be getting any sleep either.

Recently, Cariloha sent us some of their Bamboo Bed Sheets to review.

These eco-friendly sheets are made from bamboo, the most sustainable, renewable resource on the planet. They are softer than 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton, and are woven into silky soft fabric that’s twice as soft as cotton.

The best part – These Cariloha bamboo sheets contain moisture-wicking properties and are temperature regulating, which means they keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

This makes a huge difference on those hot, humid summer nights. Nothing feels better, and helps you sleep longer, than cool sheets. We love these!

Chill out – Make a Cool-off Sponge Necklace for each person in your family. Keep them in the freezer, and pull them out when you need to cool off instantly.
My kids each have one of these Reusable Ice Packs that they take to bed with them each night.

Take a cool bath or shower throughout the day. Apply cold washcloths to your forehead and behind your neck. Do whatever works for you, and makes you more comfortable on those sweltering days.

Change your perspective – In today’s society, where we have all kinds of technological advances to keep us comfortable in so many ways, we can often lose sight of how insignificant “issues” like having no air conditioning really are.

Most of our parents and grandparents grew up without the luxury of air conditioning and, you know what, they survived, and so will we.