Going Green: Rayon made from Bamboo

How is rayon made from bamboo?

Bamboo Stalks

Bamboo based rayon fabrics are made by taking cellulose from bamboo stalks and grinding it to a wood pulp. The wood pulp is then converted to a thick liquid called “slurry” by using a natural occurring chemical, amine oxide. The slurry is then pushed through tiny holes to make continuous strands of fiber, of whatever thickness is required to make the thread in the next step. The continuous strands of fiber are then cut to the length of a high quality cotton fiber and ring spun, just as cotton would be. This thread is then used to weave rayon textiles.

What are the benefits to the environment?

Green Bamboo-Bamboo requires very little effort to grow.

-It is produced without the use of harsh insecticides, serious pollutants or land degradation and manufactured with minimal chemical input.

-Bamboo is the most renewable resource on our planet, and provides an abundance of usable oxygen making it a crucial element in the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

-It cleans the air. Bamboo gives us clean air to breathe, consumes carbon dioxide and, because bamboo forests are so dense, returns 30% more oxygen to the atmosphere than trees.

-Growing bamboo enriches the soil and its roots stabilize erosion-prone soil.

-The rare type of bamboo that pandas eat is not used to make fabrics. The bamboo that pandas eat only grows in a small area of China. The type of bamboo used to produce fabric is Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens), a type of tropical grass. Moso bamboo is grown on family-owned farms that cover over seven million acres in China, so no tropical forests are damaged to produce bamboo fabrics.

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