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Bamboo, We Hardly Know Ye

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When sustainable fashion first burst onto the scene, we were introduced to a number of "eco-friendly" fabrics, such as organic cotton, tencel, hemp and bamboo. Each carried sustainable properties, whether that meant being free of pesticides or

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Michael M (60)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 7:56 am
Thanks, Cher!
Please find more on bamboo. I just want to note that bamboo flooring is harder than most woods, and can replace forest killing in North America (the big problem of course is human overpopulation and growth).
However, I don't understand why bamboo is so expensive. After all, it can grow a foot per day, and sometimes more.

Julie E (405)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:22 am
Thank you Cher and Michael!

Glen Venezio (217)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:50 am
thank you for posting this!!

jeanne schreurs (205)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:03 am
Thanks for Cher-ing.

This is much better then the GMO-cotton.

Nichola Mac D (53)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:40 am
when one buys materials that are 'sustainable' one always assumes (at least I did) that the processes for the finished product would also be environmental friendly. I guess not... Thanks for the heads up

. (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 10:17 am
Thank you for this Cher.

S S (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:17 pm
Thank you.

Sheila M (4)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:20 pm
I knew about Rayon however the rest of this has not even been on my radar since I can not afford Bamboo. However when ever I see things made from Bamboo in my favorite catalogs I do wish I knew more so thank you. I have a few rayon blouses and dresses as I bought them before I retired when I was still working and assumed they were environmentally friendly. I hope that we in the near future we can come up with a process that meets everyone's standards and can be affordable by most of us.

. (0)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:23 pm
Hemp for paper and clothing is just as good; yields greater harvests more quickly and doesn't spread like bamboo or kudzu which proliferate at high rates and are very difficult to eradicate.

Sharon Davidson (371)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:13 pm
I think bamboo is beautiful I have it growing in my garden

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 2:36 pm
Thank you for the interesting post!

Joanne D (38)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:50 pm
Bamboo is not only used in fabrics, including yarns, by itself and in blends, but it is also a major material for knitting needles and crochet hooks - in part because it is hard enough for flooring. Some knitters in particular use such force that the process of knitting will deform needles that are not strong enough (in fact I know of one who can deform bamboo itself; fortunately I can't.) Anyone who wants to know more (on the tools, I bow to others' expertise ont he fibers) is welcome to send me an introduction.

I can't afford to work with all-bamboo yarn myself, but I love the softness and sheen of the blends I have worked with. I have some fiber allergies so I do have to consider those as well as oher environmental considerations.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 4:05 pm
Interesting article, thank you.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:03 pm
Interesting article. Thanks Cher

Marija M (29)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 11:43 pm
very interesting, tks for sharing

reft h (66)
Monday July 22, 2013, 12:00 am
I have a friend who has a whole field of bamboo, totally organic and non-gmo and all that, and we tried to find someone to harvest it. But nobody was interested because they get it from Asia. How come someone here hasn't started up an industry using our locally grown bamboo?

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:22 am
might work

Past Member (0)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:33 am
Interesting article, thanks.

S B (76)
Monday July 22, 2013, 4:52 am
Such a versatile plant, thank you for sharing

Lona G (80)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:48 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher, definitely the way to go.

Tina P (30)
Monday July 22, 2013, 8:14 am
We should know it very well. Many many things can be made from bamboo and it is fasyt growing, so why aren't we making better use of it?

Jeanne R (1203)
Monday July 22, 2013, 6:26 pm
Noted. Thanks.

fly bird (26)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:32 am
Nice read. Thanks.
I knew someone with bamboo flooring, who lived upstairs. It was soft on the feet, I found, and cool in the summer. I guess I was wearing shoes in the winter, so I don't know. but upstairs is always a little warmer from heat below.
There are products made from hemp, clothing, purses and such - I was told by the store owners that they imported the hemp. Not every state allows hemp farming, apparently. A few states only, I understand.
I am against importing hemp from China, so I wouldn't be interested in buying anything that was not home grown hemp.
I like bamboo for knitting, and clothes made from bamboo yarn, a lot. I crocheted ( is that right spelling? ) using bamboo yarn, and it was beautifully soft. Made kitchen gloves with some. I recommend it.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 4:45 am
Love bamboo! We renovated the upstairs deck with bamboo and it still looks great after a few years---it has a rustic feel as it's weather worn. It can be pricey tho but worth it as it's extremely durable! Thanks

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 6:14 am
Bamboo is awesome Thanks for Posting this Cher

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 24, 2013, 5:06 pm
Anyone else catch the phrase "China's environmental ethical standards"? Never realized that Chinese govt had any ethical standards for much of anything, especially the environment. Noted and thank you.
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