Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 39

Thread: Being Bamboozeled By Bamboo

  1. #1
    Power Poster amma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Out searching for some sunshine :-)
    Posts
    59,111
    Blog Entries
    1
    I came across this article from the Federal Trade Commission... It made me wonder about all of the bamboo quilting fabric and batting being advertised as being "green" "organic" and such. I don't know how it can be if bamboo clothing fabric is being treated with such awful, toxic chemicals...wouldn't it make you think the quilting fabric and batting are being manufactured similarly?

    I know several members who are buying and using bamboo in quilting because of chemical sensitivities that they or loved ones have... or who are trying to go green....

    Anyway...you can read this, do more investigating, or if you know more about this, please feel free to post here. :D:D:D

    Bamboo and the Federal Trade Commission

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    849
    Blog Entries
    82
    Thanks for the info. A few quilters have mentioned how they liked the bamboo/cotton batting. As I'm new at this, I'll stick with one of the Warm and .........'s.
    Mary Ellen

  3. #3
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,671
    Blog Entries
    2
    Same with organic grown food. People need to get educated! The chemicals allowed for organic food are worse then the regular chemicals used on plain old food crops. And the no hydrogenated oils? It's cotton seed oil. Cotton crops are not regulated at all as food. So it gets the strongest chemicals available, ask any cotton grower if he would eat his cotton plant or the seeds. Too many heads in the sand and taking media hype seriously. Follow the money trail.

  4. #4
    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    currently central new jersey
    Posts
    8,703
    this is a chemical-free bamboo batting. bamboo is also naturally anti-bacterial. i've used it and it's very nice. the cost compares very favorably with warm and natural. the shrinkage is about the same. i've made baby quilts with it and it washes well.


    http://reprodepot.com/kbcblr1190.html

  5. #5
    Super Member lisalovesquilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    2,540
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    this is a chemical-free bamboo batting. bamboo is also naturally anti-bacterial. i've used it and it's very nice. the cost compares very favorably with warm and natural. the shrinkage is about the same. i've made baby quilts with it and it washes well.


    http://reprodepot.com/kbcblr1190.html
    Thanks for this link. If JoAnn's stops carrying warm and natural i will try this.

  6. #6
    k3n
    k3n is offline
    Power Poster k3n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    10,714
    Blog Entries
    1
    Inetersting - I've never used bamboo batting or fabric although I do have some bamboo socks! :mrgreen:

    I googled around and found this http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_...-facts-be.html

    It claims that there are two ways of transforming bamboo into fabric - mechanical and chemical. The mechanical way is hardly used as it is so labour intensive, therefore expensive. The chemical way is toxic, especially to those involved in the process but also, potentially to the consumer. New chemical means that are less toxic are being developed. The marketing people concentrate on the eco-friendly way that bamboo can be cultivated and gloss over the manufacturing processes. There are accreditations you can look for when purchasing from organisations like the Soil Association and Oeko-Tex.

  7. #7
    k3n
    k3n is offline
    Power Poster k3n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Somerset, England
    Posts
    10,714
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    this is a chemical-free bamboo batting. bamboo is also naturally anti-bacterial. i've used it and it's very nice. the cost compares very favorably with warm and natural. the shrinkage is about the same. i've made baby quilts with it and it washes well.


    http://reprodepot.com/kbcblr1190.html
    I googled this and it appears to be made in the good ol' US of A. :-D

    The link I posted above suggests that bamboo products manufactured in the US are by implication, safe and eco friendly. I googled this product to see if I could find specific details on the manufacturing process (ie if it is mechanical NOT chemical) but no joy - the problem is that the brand name is 'Kyoto' so I learned a lot about the bamboo forests in Kyoto, Japan! :lol:

  8. #8
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    6,823
    Blog Entries
    3
    the full article from the FTC website: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2009/08/bamboo.shtm

    i've never bought the stuff and hadn't planned to. too expensive altogether.

    having read the whole FTC article, i can't help but wonder how the bamboo plants are processed before the stuff gets to the Kyoto plant for final manufacture of the battting. i can't find any detailed description of the entire process, from grove to batting plant, that proves anything either way.

    i believe people should feel free to buy what they want, so i'm not trying to change anybody's mind. but the old adage, "buyer beware" still applies.

  9. #9
    Super Member Quilt Mom's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Headed home
    Posts
    2,416
    Thanks for the information. I had wondered about the bamboo batting.

  10. #10
    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    currently central new jersey
    Posts
    8,703
    100% organic cotton batting: is that completely chemical free?

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.