Are Bamboo & Micro-Modal sheets, environmentally friendly? NO!

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Are Bamboo sheets earth friendly? Nope... 

Over the last 20 years, there has been growing interest in products considered “green, organic, renewable or earth friendly” etc. 

There are a few companies in the bed linen industry that have attempted to capitalize on this craze. 

  • Specifically, Bamboo bed linen and sheet manufacturers. 

These products entered the market in the early 2000's. 

  • Bamboo sheets are made from the fiber of bamboo trees.
  • Many companies that produce these bed sheets market these linens as earth friendly, organic, green sustainable and antimicrobial.
    • Anti-microbial suggests that it actually repels critters such as dust mites. 

Bamboo is used for bed linens  

Claims of this being a new breakthrough technology are also false. 

As it turns out the FTC indicates that these fibers are simply Rayon. Rayon was invented in 1855 by Georges Audemars. 

  • The dictionary definition of Rayon is - any of a group of smooth textile fibers made from regenerated cellulose, extruded through minute holes.
  • Rayon is any textile that is made from the cellulose fiber found in plants and trees. Renewable, perhaps, “green, earth friendly, organic” hardly.
    • By the time the fiber is chemically processed it is simply cellulose. As stated above the use of Rayon in textiles has been around for quite some time. 

A number of years ago, the US Federal Trade Commission became suspicious of these claims and investigated them, they came up with the following conclusions: 

"The rayon manufacturing process uses toxic chemicals and results in the emission of hazardous air pollutants. And, despite the claims of manufacturers in this industry, the Commission charges that these rayon products are not biodegradable because they will not break down in a reasonably short time after customary disposal. Most clothing and textiles are disposed of either by recycling or sending to a landfill. Neither method results in quick bio-degradation.

The rayon manufacturing process, which involves dissolving the plant source in harsh chemicals, eliminates any such natural properties of the bamboo plant. Similarly, the Commission charges that the companies’ clothing and textiles are not made using an environmentally friendly process

The complaints also charge these companies with violating the Textile Act and Rules by, among other things, falsely and deceptively labeling and advertising their clothing and textile products as bamboo, when they should be labeled and advertised as rayon. The FTC also charged these companies with violating the Textile Act and Rules by advertising or labeling their products without disclosing where the products were manufactured.

The settlements bar these companies from claiming that any textile product: is made of bamboo or bamboo fiber; is manufactured using an environmentally friendly process; or is antimicrobial or retains the anti-microbial properties of the product from which it is made, unless the claims are true, not misleading, and substantiated by competent and reliable scientific evidence".

So, when you see these claims, that are still being made, according to the FTC, it's not true.

There may come a day when something is invented that offers better bedding material than cotton, but for now we don't see it.

Cotton has been used for thousands of years. We say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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