If you’re a clothing maker and labeling any of your clothing products as made with Bamboo, take heed.
The FTC is starting to fine retailers for selling products labeled as Bamboo.
In fact, they’ve just fined four retailers $1.3M for selling goods with Bamboo labeling, including Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, JC Penney, and Backcountry.com.
From the FTC
The truth is, most ‘bamboo’ textile products, if not all, really are rayon, which typically is made using environmentally toxic chemicals in a process that emits hazardous pollutants into the air,” writes the FTC in its notice entitled ‘How to Avoid Bamboozling Your Customers.’
“While different plants, including bamboo, can be used as a source material to create rayon, there’s no trace of the original plant in the finished rayon product.
If you make, advertise or sell bamboo-based textiles, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, wants you to know that unless a product is made directly with bamboo fiber — often called ‘mechanically processed bamboo’ — it can’t be called bamboo,” the notice continues.
“Indeed, to advertise or label a product as ‘bamboo,’ you need competent and reliable evidence, such as scientific tests and analyses, to show that it’s made of actual bamboo fiber. Relying on other people’s claims isn’t substantiation.
The same standard applies to other claims, like a claim that rayon fibers retain natural antimicrobial properties from the bamboo plant.
‘Bamboo’ Undershirts, Underwear, & Socks
In searching through my site, I found several company’s offering/selling undergarments marketed as Bamboo:
I didn’t list all of them, because some some of them say “Rayon from Bamboo”, which I suppose is slightly more clear.
But, it looks like the FTC is taking a pretty hard-fast line on this topic, meaning Brands should not be marketing or labeling their products as Bamboo.
Instead, it should be called Rayon only.