Meet Landon Faulkner

17 Oct

How do you define the word athlete? Is it someone who makes a continual effort to live a healthy, fit lifestyle? Webster defines the word athlete as “a person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise.” There are many types of athletes and all are inspirational in their own ways.

Most recently, for the Cariloha Bamboo team, one particular athlete stands out and inspires us to get involved with his journey. Meet ultra long-distance runner and self-proclaimed adventurer, Landon Faulkner.

California native, Landon Faulkner, epitomizes the definition of an athlete. He pushes the human experience and digs deep to achieve his goals – all while wearing Cariloha Bamboo fitness wear no less. Let’s get to know Landon and share in his journey.

What inspires you?

“Without getting too philosophical, I’ll say that the simplicity, beauty, and spirituality I find and gain from running in the mountains is what inspires me. The world around me, other athletes pushing the sport, and the solidarity of a trail are all inspirations to me.”

What drives your passion for trail/ultra running?

“Pushing the human experience and the human limit to endure drives my passion. Being able to reach a point where my body feels like it is impossible to continue and working to push through that feeling. Experiencing the sheer beauty and majesty of the mountains and connecting with nature and running through my limits is extremely spiritual for me. One of the most amazing benefits of trail running is to experience that type of beauty and intense physical stress as your body enters a state of almost void consciousness is such an amazing feeling.”

What are your running necessities?

“One of the main reasons I love running is because it is such a basic human sport. Trail running is so natural and pure to me which is why I keep my necessities fairly basic. I just need some comfy shoes, clothes that wick and breath to keep me cool/warm, water, and little food. All I really need is the right clothing, footwear, and food/water.”

What are your goals and what tools do you need to accomplish them?

“My main goals include running some of the well known ultras in the country including the Western States 100, Hard Rock 100, Wasatch Front 100, and others of that caliber. I’m not there yet and have hundreds of hundreds of training miles to get to that point, but I feel confident that I am headed in that direction. Besides having drive and will to achieve these goals, my most important tools really come down to having the right gear. While keeping things simple, not any gear will do. Having the help of Cariloha is a huge benefit to my running and performance. In a sport that requires very little, it’s important to ensure that what I use is the very best out there.”

We’re confident that Landon Faulkner is on his way to achieve his goals, and we’re excited to be a part of his journey. You can find Landon on Twitter, and Instagram. He also blogs.

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What makes Cariloha bath towels so soft and cozy

16 Oct

Cariloha can help you create a spa ambiance in your own home with our plush, quick-drying bath towels made of viscose from bamboo. These soft, simple and sustainable bath towels and bath sheets are highly absorbent and will give you an ultra-soft feel every time you step in or out of the shower.

With a variety of colors and sizes to choose from, your bathroom will match your style and feel just as good. Not only are these luxurious bath towels more comfortable than anything you’ve ever felt, but they’re also better for the environment because they’re made from bamboo viscose, one of the most sustainable, renewable resources on the planet. Don’t take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased review of Cariloha bamboo bath towels and bath sheets for yourself:

Cariloha Bamboo Bath Towels

Cariloha Plush Bath Towels and Sheets
By Pawsitive Living

Bathrooms are considered a high traffic room. We tend to our physical needs, put on makeup, fuss with our hair, and of course bathe and shower. If we reflect a little deeper, towels would be by far the hardest working item in our home. Just think about what the towel has to cope with, drying, patting, buffing, absorbing, cleaning, blotting, wiping…and so on. The last thing we want is a rough fabric that’s abrasive and harsh on our tender bodies. We want soft and cozy!

Cariloha is the creator of a fabulous selection of gorgeous eco-friendly bamboo products. Bamboo has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities. It’s absorbent, highly breathable, anti-static, and great for sensitive skin. It’s also incredibly soft to the touch and gentle to the body.

Cariloha Bath Sheets are ginormous and the epitome of all that is lavish and plush. The Bath Towels are equally as abundant, but slightly smaller. All their towels are made from a blend of rayon from renewable bamboo and cotton to create an extra smooth texture. They’re plump and deliciously smooth and supple on the weary body. They absorb moisture quickly and feel so warm and snugly. I’m so happy they’re snag resistant; I don’t know how many towels I’ve caught my ring on, leaving it frayed. Considering the various sizes, the towels are fairly lightweight so even little kids can enjoy the pure joy of its welcoming wrap. They come in several solid colors as well as white with decorative colored strips.

The Towel Sets offer the same high standards as the bath sheets. The set includes a bath towel, a hand towel, and a wash cloth. I personally love towel pieces to have color and pattern harmony, it just feels better when everything is congruent. If you have several members of your family using the same bathroom, having the different color sets is ideal, they each have their own personal towels. They are also great for students and perfect for taking to the gym or pool. Using Cariloha towels is a glorious experience.

Read Pawsitive Living’s entire review of bamboo bath towels and bath sheets here.

Hot or Cold, Cariloha Bamboo Fitness Wear is Performance Ready

10 Oct

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If you’re like us at Cariloh HQ, we enjoy exercising, but we especially enjoy exercising comfortably. Many people (especially women) avoid going to the gym because they don’t want to look out of place (they assume everyone at the gym will be regulars and they’re afraid they’ll stick out). This is a real concern that you need to overcome. One main legitimate concern is “What do I wear?” When we’re demonstrating our Bamboo Fit line, we always make sure to mention how these products are “in style” and “trendy” and “everyone is wearing something like this… ours are just more comfortable because they’re made from ultra-soft, eco-friendly bamboo.”

You don’t need to take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased, field-tested review of Cariloha’s Bamboo Fitness Wear by ultra-runner and outdoor adventurer, Landon Faulkner…

Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit Review
By Landon Faulkner, Ultimate Runner and Adventurer

Finding the right fit for all of your fitness apparel needs is a whole lot easier when you shop Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line. I’ve been sponsored by Cariloha for a few months now which has given me a great opportunity to test Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line in many different situations.

Why Bamboo?

First off, lets talk briefly about why the heck bamboo is so awesome (for a full look at the benefits of bamboo read this prior post). Bamboo is an all-natural and renewable resource that has inherent qualities that are perfect for a fitness apparel line. Some of the great benefits of bamboo include; durable, soft, oder free and naturally wicking. Basically said, bamboo is a pretty rad wonder product.

Performance Ready

Whether you’re hitting the gym, running the track, or hitting the trails, Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line is performance ready. Bamboo is naturally wicking and odor free. Because bamboo is a natural product unlike polyester it doesn’t easily harbor the bacteria that creates odor. Cariloha’s bamboo products also wick, which for me is great. I sweat like a crazy person and having a product that wicks well is very important to me.

Cariloha’s Babmoo Fit line is truly performance ready. One of my favorite aspects of the fit line is the softness of the bamboo. I’ve never worn such soft products, especially not fitness products. I suppose this could be a downside on those early mornings, however, when nothing feels better than some soft clothes and a warm bed instead of the trail or gym.

In the Heat or In the Cold

I have worn Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit apparel from hot California summer afternoons to cold Utah mornings. During hot runs the bamboo has been able to wick very efficiently. My crew top will look soaking wet from sweat, but it doesn’t feel wet on my skin. The bamboo breathes really well and has helped keep me cool on the those triple digit runs.

Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit line also preforms well in the cooler weather. They even offer a fitted long sleeve top that is great for those cooler morning workouts. Still breathable and lightweight this top also help keep you warm and pushing hard even when it’s cold.

Read Faulkner’s entire review of Cariloha Bamboo Fit wear here. Then, head over to Cariloha’s website and get some bamboo fitness wear for yourself.

Cariloha Launches Golf Towels Made From Bamboo

9 Oct

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Cariloha this week launched its promotional bamboo golf towel to Cariloha stores worldwide. Golf towels are made from Cariloha’s soft, sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo viscose fabric, which was developed by Cariloha’s Product and Design Teams.

Available exclusively at Cariloha stores, the bamboo golf towel is primarily intended for promotional purposes, although it will be available for resell as well. The towel comes in graphite color and measures 15″ x 24″.

“The bamboo golf towel is designed to be useful, durable and softer than any other golf towel on the market today,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha VP of Communications. “Its highly absorbent, soft bamboo fabric easily removes grass, dirt, sand and mud from golfers’ clubs and can basically take on any punishment the golf course can dish out.”

Cariloha’s proprietary viscose-from-bamboo material comes completely washable and colorfast for extended use. Retail price is $25 and is free in participating Cariloha stores with any $100 qualifying purchase.

“Not only is the Cariloha bamboo golf towel a great promotional item for our stores,” said Brady. “But it also helps customers complete a Cariloha bamboo golf set, which could include a bamboo polo, bamboo socks, bamboo golf tees, bamboo hat, and now a bamboo golf towel – makes a great gift.”

Thanks to bamboo’s naturally occurring properties, it stays 3 degrees cooler than cotton fabrics, is hypoallergenic, odor resistant, moisture wicking and highly breathable.

Cariloha bamboo golf towels come with a lifetime quality guarantee. If the towels don’t live up to customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free.

See all the Cariloha Bamboo golf-related products here.

Learn more about how Cariloha Bamboo is harvested and transformed into irresistibly soft clothing, bedding and bath goods right here.

Aside from your golf clubs, what essential items do you need or wear when you’re golfin? Tell us what you can’t golf without in the comments.

The Difference between Bath Towels and Bath Sheets

3 Oct

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Bathroom towels come in a lot of varieties. In fact, you probably never realized just how many choices there were until you walked into a store looking to buy a towel for the first time. You can find all different kinds of sizes, materials, and colors on the shelves, so where do you start?

The most important thing to start with is the size. Consider your needs so that you can pick the towels that are right for you. Here are some basic things to know about the difference between bath towels and bath sheets:

Bath Towels

• Come in all different sizes, typically ranging in size from 27″ x 52″ to
30″ x 58″.
• Very versatile when it comes to drying since they’re great for blot drying and wrapping up hair.
• Often are available in color coordinated or decorative sets.
• Easily fit on towel racks either bi- or tri-folded racks.
• Considered the standard in bath linens.

Bath Sheets

• Usually 35″ x 60″ – much larger than bath towels.
• Considered more luxurious.
• More absorbent because of the extra surface area.
• Great for wrapping around the entire body.
• Best to hang on towel hooks since they are too big for towel racks.
• Come in more standard colors that usually coordinate with towel sets.
• More expensive than towels since they use more material.

Towel Material

Towels are, of course, made of many different materials. Cotton towels have been a popular choice for years because of their level of absorbency, but they are quickly being replaced with many other options based on quality. With cotton towels, there are three basic kinds:

• Egyptian Cotton – Considered the king of cotton, this form has extra long fibers that make them more absorbent and more durable than other forms. It gets its name from its country of origin along the Nile River.
• Pima Cotton – Very similar to its Egyptian cousin but grows in the southwestern portion of the United States. It also has long fibers and is very absorbent and strong.
• Turkish Cotton – The defining characteristic of this type of cotton is that it gets softer each time you wash or use it. This type of cotton is typically found in beach towels, but not limited to that application. It’s also highly absorbent.

You probably already know that cotton is not the only type of fabric used in towel manufacturing anymore. Many people prefer other materials, like Bamboo, for their unique benefits, such as, extra absorbency, moisture-wicking properties, softness, and economic footprint.

  • Bamboo – Twice as soft as cotton.
  • Bamboo towels have an extra luxurious feel and are also naturally odor-resistant
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Bamboo is resistant to odors, something cotton has never been able to boast.
  • Bamboo towels are highly absorbent and also have special property of wicking away moisture effectively.
  • Many find the real benefit here is that it’s such an earth-friendly choice since bamboo is able to regenerate so quickly and naturally, with some species growing four feet every day at maturity.
  • Microfiber Fabric – These man-made fibers are very absorbent, but not very soft. They’re not very ideal for bath towels, but you can find them available in this material. Most people prefer to use these as beach towels or towels in the kitchen for drying dishes and wiping up spills.
  • Things to Know Before Buying

    The thread count is one way to tell exactly what kind of towels you’re going to get; the higher the number, the better the towel’s quality. Of course, if it’s possible, feeling and handling the towel will usually help you decide if the material is thin or will fall apart after a few uses.

    Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the loops. Long and thick loops are better for absorbing liquid and increase in softness. The longer the loops, the more luxurious the towel is going to feel.

    The next time you’re looking for the perfect bath sheets or towels, keep some of these tips in mind. There are many options, but you don’t have to be overwhelmed or confused. Once you know what you’re looking for, it’s much easier to buy the type that is right for you.

    Cariloha Launches Fall 2014 Graphic Tee Collection

    2 Oct

    Cariloha Fall Graphic Tee Collection Snapshot

    Cariloha’s made-from-bamboo graphic tees are available exclusively at Cariloha stores and on Cariloha.com

    Bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods retailer, Cariloha, this week launched its fall graphic tee collection for men and women. Each design is printed on Cariloha’s eco-friendly bamboo-blended fabrics and designed and inspired by Cariloha’s Art and Illustration team.

    Available exclusively at Cariloha stores, and online next month, the fall collection features six new women’s bamboo shirt designs and six new men’s all offered on 20+ different color combinations.

    “The new designs provide customers with an assortment of on-trend, comfortable shirts that are adaptable and fashionable enough to be worn in multiple settings and occasions,” said Scott Brady, Cariloha VP of Communications. “Not only are they in high demand right now, but they’re also mixed in with several unique, tonal colors that customers will enjoy.”

    Cariloha’s Bamboo shirts, featuring new graphic prints, are made from Cariloha’s proprietary viscose-from-bamboo blends, which consist of 70% viscose from bamboo (in most shirts) and 30% organic cotton for additional structure and ideal drape. Shirt styles include V-necks, hoodies, crew neck, scoops, racer tanks, Dolmans, and pocket crews. Retail price is $34.

    “If customers are from a warm, humid climate, the hypoallergenic, moisture-wicking properties of the bamboo shirts keep customers cooler and help prevent skin irritation, unlike non-bamboo shirts,” said Brady. “Allergies, odors and heat are repelled easier because of the naturally occurring bamboo properties, which make the shirts ideal for a long, hot day away from home.”

    Cariloha Bamboo shirts come with a 90-day quality guarantee. If the shirts don’t live up to customers’ expectations, Cariloha will replace them free. Cariloha Bamboo shirts are machine washable and tumble dried low, so maintenance is easy and worry-free. Shirts get even softer after washing.

    See the entire Cariloha Bamboo Fall 2014 Graphic Tee Collection here.

    Learn more about how Cariloha Bamboo is harvested and transformed into irresistibly soft clothing, bedding and bath goods right here.

    Tell us what your favorite bamboo shirt design is in the comments.

    Cariloha Opens Store in Seaport Village, San Diego

    26 Sep

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    Cariloha this week opened its newest store in famous Seaport Village, San Diego. The new corporately owned and operated store is located on the east end of Seaport Village with close proximity to the popular boardwalk and to the convention center. The store will be the only retail store in San Diego selling exclusively clothing, bedding, active wear, and bath goods made from eco-friendly bamboo.

    Cariloha has been rapidly expanding its international and domestic presence for the past six years now with 15 corporately owned and 32 independently owned stores in 13 countries. Cariloha stores are found in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Honduras, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Antigua, Bonaire and various cities throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

    Additional Cariloha store openings are planned in late 2014 and early 2015 in St. Kitts, Houston, Palm Springs, Destin, Florida, San Juan Mall in Puerto Rico and City Creek Mall in Salt Lake City. The independently owned stores will be operated by licensed, contracted partners of Cariloha, LLC.

    Cariloha Seaport Village will be managed by Cariloha’s Internship and Executive Manager Program, which also manages and staffs multiple other Cariloha stores.

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    “Seaport Village is a natural fit for Cariloha because of its growing local and tourist market that’s interested in eco-friendly, comfortable clothing,” said Scott Brady, VP of Communications. “The ultra-soft bamboo apparel, bedding and bath goods are geared toward the comfort driven, eco-conscious customer, and the San Diego scene fits well with the Cariloha brand.”

    All Cariloha store guests receive a free bamboo lei just for stopping by the store, which helps proliferate the bamboo, eco-friendly attitude even more. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.

    Bamboo apparel contains several qualities that are much better than other fabrics. Bamboo is twice as soft to the touch as cotton; it keeps you up to 3 degrees cooler than cotton; bamboo is naturally odor resistant, hypoallergenic and moisture wicking, which comes in really handy on a hot, humid day.

    Bamboo Sheets Provide Luxuriously Soft Night’s Sleep

    25 Sep

    Cariloha Bamboo sheets continue to attract customers seeking the best in naturally luxurious linens. Not only are they softer than other natural and synthetic fabrics, but they also keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer thanks to bamboo’s inherent thermal-regulating properties. They’re extremely helpful for people who suffer from night sweats, skin irritations or sensitivities. If that wasn’t enough, bamboo sheets and towels are odor resistant and good for the environment, too. But, don’t take our word for it…

    Read the helpful insights from this media product reviewer who shares her personal, unbiased experiences with Cariloha Bamboo Bed Sheets

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    Cariloha Bamboo Sheets
    By Shortcut Saver

    I kind of have a thing for soft sheets on my bed. They have to be comfortable and made out of lightweight fabric. I came across Cariloha Bamboo Sheets that are luxurious and made out of viscose from Bamboo. They have a nice sheen look to them and come in 5 colors such as Ivory, Tan, Sage, White, and Blue. Inside the set is a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and 2 pillow cases. You can get the sets in Standard and King.

    I received a Cariloha Bamboo Sheet set in the color tan and was so excited to put them on my bed. When I laid on the sheets, I noticed how soft and comfortable they were. They were also lightweight and contain natural moisture-wicking properties so I didn’t sweat at night. It is actually softer than silk or cashmere, and you only pay a fraction of the cost for it.

    Another great feature of the Cariloha Bamboo Sheets is that it is machine washable, which is a plus for me. The sheets are extra deep so it will fit mattresses up to 18″ deep and will keep it from coming undone in the middle of the night. If you are living green, Cariloha Bamboo Sheets are for you since they are made from eco-friendly bamboo.

    Read the entire review here. Tell us what you think about Cariloha Bamboo sheets in the comments.