What about Bamboo fabrics ? Are bamboo fabrics eco friendly ?
We have seen some information about bamboo as an eco friendly option; however, this is simply not true. While bamboo grown on its own is eco-friendly, textile production of bamboo is a different story. The textile production of bamboo is anything but natural. In fact, the production converts the bamboo fibers - through heavy chemical and environmentally harmful processes - to rayon. Once the rayon has been produced, there is no trace of the original plant in the finished product. Therefore, rayon cannot confer any of the natural benefits found in bamboo, such as the heavily advertised anti-microbial properties. On top of that, bamboo fabrics cannot be certified by GOTS. Lastly, clothing that is manufactured by bamboo plant sources must be advertised as “rayon made from bamboo” and not as a bamboo fiber.