Shellie and Michael Lackman at the Organic Clothing blog have a great run-down on the processing of Bamboo into fiber and fabric including lots of great details about the not-so-eco-friendly chemical process. The only thing missing from this article? Links or names of companies doing it right–either processing bamboo as linen, or using some of the newer less caustic methods (like modal) of making the yarn. Manufacturers rarely release information about their practices, but I think it would be in their best interests to be open if they are in fact using more eco-friendly processing.

The Lowdown on Bamboo

2 thoughts on “The Lowdown on Bamboo

  • February 18, 2008 at 5:28 am
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    Thank you for posting this. I have long wondered how the “enviro” yarns were really processed and how safe for the environment that processing was.

    And I agree – the yarn companies need to get honest about the how and where of our yarn!

  • February 19, 2008 at 2:53 pm
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    Really important post, Amy, thanks! That’s my favorite fiber site. A year or two ago, a yarn company came out with a bamboo yarn and quietly mentioned that not all bamboo yarn is the same, that some of it is processed into rayon and loses it’s special antimicrobial properties when it is; but their new bamboo yarn is minimally processed and retains bamboo’s special qualities. Trouble is: it didn’t sink in at first, I don’t remember which yarn company that was or where I read it, and I have never seen it again LOL!

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