Bamboo

non-sustainable fiber

Bamboo is usually sold as an eco-friendly textile. Which is partially true, as the bamboo plant is potentially one of the world's most sustainable resource. It grows very quickly and easily, it doesn’t need pesticide or fertilizers, and it doesn’t need to be replanted after harvest because it grows new sprouts from the roots. However, to turn bamboo into fiber, bamboo is processed with strong chemical solvents that are potentially harmful to the health of manufacturing workers, the consumers wearing the garment, and for the environment when chemicals are released in wastewater. Bamboo fabric is a type of rayon often called "bamboo rayon". 

Nevertheless, manufacturers have developed processes addressing these chemical concerns, converting bamboo into a truly sustainable option.