Finally after years of persistent attempts to educate people with the fact that bamboo fabric is not a viable green product the Federal Governments in both Canada and the United States have passed laws and legislation regarding the labeling and definitions required for all bamboo textile products.

The competition Bureau of Canada and the Federal Trade Commission in The United States want to make you aware  that the soft “bamboo” fabrics on the market today are rayon. They are primarily created by using toxic chemicals in a process that releases vast amounts of pollutants into the air and the surrounding environment. Extracting the bamboo fibers is both costly and time-consuming, and the textiles made using bamboo fiber do not feel silky smooth.

There is also no established evidence that the rayon made from bamboo fibers retains any antimicrobial properties of the original bamboo plant, as many sellers and manufacturers claim.  In all cases where bamboo is the “organic plant source” used to create rayon,  there are no traits of the original plant remaining in the finished product.

All companies labeling products as “bamboo” must now provide scientific test results and analysis data to show that the textiles used are actually bamboo fiber and not a byproduct.

For more information regarding the new regulations follow these links:

http://www.cb-bc.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/02776.html

http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/alerts/alt172.shtm

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