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2) What is the difference between Bamboo that is made from cellulose and real Bamboo?

Bamboo is a very eco friendly grass crop. The traditional way to process the plant into a textile is to mechanically extract the bast fibres from the core of specially grown bamboo, then comb and spin the long white fibres on a worsted spinning process. This is real bamboo yarn, sometimes known as bamboo linen. Vlnap spinners are major European producers of this type, but it remains a very small quantity and high value luxury yarn.

The common “bamboo” is chemically manufactured by “cooking” the bamboo leaves and woody shoots in strong chemical solvents such as sodium hydroxide (NaOH – also known as caustic soda or lye) and carbon disulfide. This is the same process as for producing Viscose from trees and is definitely not eco friendly, with huge water usage, energy use and chemical contamination. The process just about destroys every one of the naturally desirable characteristics of bamboo fibre found in the real version such as antibacterial and antifungal properties, absorbency and thermal insulation.
The regenerated version is a dangerous misrepresentation of an ecologically friendly fibre and it is now illegal to call the viscose fibre “Bamboo

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