Problems and Criticisms
I have read that they are clear cutting old growth forest in China to make way for more green bamboo farms. Is that true?
So far there is absolutely no evidence of any cutting of timber to plant bamboo. In fact, in 2007 the forest area in China grew by 12.84 million acres or the equivalent of nearly 2.3 billion trees. On January 14, 2008, China announced plans to plant more than 2.5 billion trees in 2008 covering an additional 13.09 million acres. The National Forest Restoration Program in China also has strict protection in place for existing forest land.
What chemicals are used in the processing of your viscose from organic bamboo and are they hazardous?
The main chemical used in the processing is sodium hydroxide also known as caustic soda. Caustic soda is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is used in food production, soap making, manufacturing of bio diesel, production of paper, and is used on nearly all cotton fabrics, including organic cotton, during wet processing. Caustic soda is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). While caustic soda is a strong chemical it poses no health hazard if used and disposed of properly.