Bamboo: Is it a “green” fiber or ?

Fabrics.net The Learning Center Ask Judith Bamboo RayonThe correct term for bamboo fabric is bamboo rayon. This fabric has been around since the 1980’s and is now more popular due to the claims that it is an eco fiber. This cellulose regenerated fiber has the feel of other cellulose regenerated fibers such as Tencel but bamboo rayon has the additional advantage of the bamboo plants rapid growth and endless growing season.

Claims that bamboo rayon has microbial properties are exaggerated. In manufacturing this fabric, the bamboo pulp is dissolved and converted to a liquid compound then back to a fiber by extrusion through a spinneret. After spinning into yarn and weaving into a fabric, this fabric is biodegradable after an extended period of time. Each consumer should be aware of the type of process used to produce this type of rayon.

The USA Federal Trade Commission has issued a warning to consumers regarding bamboo Fabric.

Bamboo-based Textiles, Actually Made of Rayon, Are Not Antimicrobial, Made in an Environmentally Friendly Manner, or Biodegradable


2 Responses to “Bamboo: Is it a “green” fiber or ?”

  1. My beloved comfortable pajamas are made of 95% bamboo rayon and 5% spandex. They have a slight rubbery smell, even when freshly laundered. Can you suggest a solution without fragrance, because I am allergic to most fragrances. Thank you.

  2. Judith says:

    Sounds like your washing machine may need cleaning. Using a hot water and a small amount of detergent, run your machine through a complete cycle then leave the washer lid open for at lease 24 hours. Sometimes keeping washing machines closed for several days can cause a musty smell that isn’t removed whith just one or two washes per week.

    Hope this helps! Let us know, please.

    Judith has been studying and writing about fabrics for over 50 years. Passionate about textiles, she explains that researching is like collecting clues to build the full picture of each subject. Judith always looks for the sunny side of life.