'Bamboo' Fabrics

If you’re interested in environmentally conscious products, you may have looked into bamboo. Bamboo grows quickly and needs little or no pesticides. It is used in a variety of products, from flooring to furniture. But the soft textiles you see labeled ‘bamboo’ don’t contain any part of the bamboo plant. They are made from bamboo that has been processed into rayon using toxic chemicals.

When bamboo is processed into rayon, no trace of the original plant is left. Although a bamboo plant can resist the growth of bacteria, there is no evidence that rayon made from processed bamboo is also antibacterial. If a company claims its product is made with bamboo, it should have reliable scientific evidence to show it’s made with bamboo fiber.

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