• http://soleco.wordpress.com Pierre

    Thanks for this interesting and informative debate. I’ve read and heard that bamboo fabric is basically cellulose of some kind, and that one of its main environmental problem is the amount of energy the industrial process requires (to break down the molecules). You haven’t tackled this point, but it does seem important to me as well.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky Striepe

      Thanks, Pierre! I hadn’t come across info about that, but it makes a lot of sense. Do you remember where you were reading about that? I’d love to learn more!!

      • http://soleco.wordpress.com Pierre

        Actually, Becky, I have heard it in organic product fairs, and in French. But as you say, this makes sense. There probably is some information on this issue. Perhaps look through Google “bamboo textile + energy”.

        • http://glueandglitter.com/ Becky Striepe

          Cool, thank you! I will do that.

  • http://www.paystolivegreen.com Patrick

    Great analysis of both sides of the issue. I agree with you that the FTC makes some good claims, but many are shaky. It’s a shame they included these as I have seen some bamboo companies debate this issue by mostly arguing against the shaky issues and not really talking about the issue of how their products aren’t made in the most environmentally friendly manner.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Yes! I totally agree. All those shaky points are the perfect red herring to avoid talking about the real problems.

  • http://twitter.com/delphinel Delphine

    A neat summary on the subject can be found here: Is bamboo fabric eco friendly ? http://bit.ly/1ze6NO
    Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard, says they don’t use bamboo because of the manufacturing process.

    • http://glueandglitter.com Becky

      Thanks for the link, Delphine! So much good info!

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  • http://www.ufhsupply.com Supplier

    Cool post. Its a shame that bamboo fabric is not as eco as we all thought.

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  • http://www.BambooNook.com Ben

    I don’t think that labeling bamboo shirts, towels, etc. was meant to be misleading. It makes sense since the raw material is bamboo. Cotton goes through chemical processing as well to remove the wax found naturally on the plant, yet we still say the product was made from cotton. Nearly every product we use is processed and far from its original raw state.

    It seems to me that if a product gets disqualified because of its process, then all products should be disqualified. A more fair way to evaluate a product is to compare it to the processing of other products. I personally think that when compared to cotton, bamboo is still more green. Green because it doesn’t require pesticides and grows quickly and naturally. I don’t think the processing part is any worse than the processing of cotton either. I don’t think we will ever have a truly green product short of wearing the leaves straight from the plant, but even that can damage the plant or tree.

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