Are bamboo fabrics that much better for the environment than other fabrics?



  1. 0 Votes

    Bamboo fabric is a natural textile that is widely considered to be very eco-friendly because of its sustainable and renewable properties. There have however been concerns expressed over just how green bamboo fabric is. Here are some arguments that question bamboo fabric:


    • Chemically manufactured bamboo fiber is a regenerated cellulose fiber similar to rayon or modal. Because of the potential health risks and damage to the environment surrounding the manufacturing facilities, textile manufacturing processes for bamboo or other regenerated fibers using hydrolysis alkalization with multi-phase bleaching are not considered sustainable or environmentally supportable. (
    • To address both environmental and health concerns about this chemical use … many bamboo fabric factories get the ISO 14001 certification, which shows the factory has put in place some environmental guidelines to green its practices. (LATimes Blogs)
    • Bamboo’s popularly heralded natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and deodorizing properties are, in fact, a myth. (Even the LA Times Blogs have been sucked into these very pretty claims.) Bamboo’santi-bacterial claim was recently repudiated by research conducted by Colorado State University chemists. As it turns out, anti-bacterial qualities are not unique to bamboo fabric at all.
    • Bamboo products also bring up labor issues, as most of the goods are produced in China where labor practices may be suspect. (LATimes Blogs)



    Overall, it seems as though the fabric itself is not the problem, but the manufacturing techniques. 

Please signup or login to answer this question.

Sorry,At this time user registration is disabled. We will open registration soon!