Bamboo is usually sold as an eco-friendly textile. This is partially true, as the bamboo plant grows very quickly and easily, it doesn’t need pesticides or fertilisers, and it doesn’t need to be replanted after harvest because it grows new sprouts from the roots.
However, to turn bamboo into a fiber for textiles, the bamboo is processed using very strong chemical solvents. These can be harmful for the workers in the factory as well as the wearers of the garment. And of course to the environment when the heavy chemicals are released into the wastewater system.
Bamboo fabric made this way is a type of rayon often called "bamboo rayon". Bamboo can also be processed mechanically which is much more environmental friendly. Make sure to ask the suppliers how the Bamboo has been processed when choosing Bamboo-based materials.
bergstrand material GUIDE ranking*
Approved materials may be less expensive than preferred materials, but may not be as ethical or sustainable in their production. While approved materials are not considered the best option, they may be used in clothing production as long as certain standards and guidelines are followed.
* The Bergstrand Material Guide Ranking is only a guide. Our consultants can help with accurate assessments of your brand’s use of materials.