is bamboo eco friendly?

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  1. Indeed, Bamboo can be sustainable or not. It depends what’s it’s used for.
    For example most bamboo sheet are not sustainable.

    The process to create bamboo viscose/rayon is to dissolve the plant fibers into chemical and therefore eliminates all natural properties of bamboo plants.

    The FTC stated: “The truth is, most “bamboo” textile products really are rayon, […] there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.”

  2. Jessica wiliam says:

    Thanks guys. Hemp and bamboo are both sustainable and renewable materials. They’re biodegradable so they’re ideal for sensitive skin. Thanks for your article I can know that. So I will consider to use them to protect environment.

  3. Love the thoughts on this. I don’t buy bamboo clothing anymore because of what I’ve read (instead I seek organic cotton, linen, hemp, and recycled). I’ve stopped using bamboo toothbrushes just because I had to switch to Sonicare, due to some autoimmune issues, but I find plastic hard to endure. I do have a tiny thin bamboo breadboard that I live/travel with, but I keep my eyes out for a less processed (and still natural/lightweight) alternative. I think we are on the right track, trying to do better. But it’s definitely hard when there is no perfection, for sure. We have to wade through everyone who is trying to make money to find those who care about doing the best thing.

  4. Jessica wiliam says:

    Nice. I will consider using hemp toilet paper. Your article has provided useful information. Thanks guys. Hope you write more.

  5. Thanks for this thorough overview, I really appreciate.

    Did you look into the adhesives used to keep the bamboo strands together? I was curious about what is used, for example to make cutting boards and engineered flooring.

    As for toilet paper, I think one must consider transportation costs. Toilet paper is very bulky once manufactured. If the makers are importing bamboo pulp to Australia or North America it’s one thing, but if they import fully-made tp… how would the footprint compare to locally produced tp from recycled fiber.

    I’m also concerned about what happens to the land if the bamboo culture is abandoned. Bamboo is practically impossible to destroy/remove, around here it’s considered an invasive species. If forest land is deforested for bamboo, the permanent loss of biodiversity can be staggering!

    Thanks again for this great piece.

    1. Brigitte! Nice to hear from you.

      Adhesives didn’t get on my radar when researching, but I’ll check it out.

      Excellent points about toilet paper and biodiversity issues. Thanks for sharing — your input is always valuable.