When bamboo is harvested, it can be done without killing the plant itself. That means that bamboo can renew suuuuper quickly (it’s one of the fastest growing plants on the planet).
Like hemp, bamboo consumes more CO2 than some trees. It doesn’t require a lot of inputs and can survive on rainfall alone.
Organic bamboo can be turned into one of the one of the most sustainable fabrics — but that doesn’t mean it always is. Depending on how it’s processed, it could involve chemically intensive processes — and all the harmful impacts that come with it.
Mechanically processed bamboo is a better-for-Earth way to wear bamboo (but sadly it makes up just a tiny amount of what we find on the market). Look for organic bamboo fabric in raw form as opposed to that which is plasticized into bamboo rayon/viscose (stay tuned for more on this later as it’s important to know the distinction, given most bamboo fabrics on the market are viscose/rayon).
Certifications & Standards: Forest Stewardship Council, USDA-Certified Organic, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS), Fair Trade, Oeko-Tex 100, and Bluesign
Source: Sustainble jungle