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Thread: Cotton substitute

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    Super Member mrspete's Avatar
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    Has anyone learned whether the world markets have found a substitute for Cotton! This southern gal just briefly heard something so if I relate it, do not take if for fact. BUT, agricultural world recognizes that cotton depletes the soil and has to be replanted each year. That means more treatments to soil and more labor to replant and cultivate. The bamboo plant is a staple plant in that it can be cut and never have to be replanted and needs little soil treatment. The fibers from the bamboo plant are spun as we do our cotton. NOW I am stretching to imagine this but I think it would be a wonderful 'green' route. Any feed?

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    It's already on the market. I love bamboo batting:)

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    bamboo and soy fabrics are out there now :D:D:D

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    My kids love Bamboo shirts and Hemp shirts and jeans. Hemp is easier to work with and holds up better than bamboo. However, Bamboo is silkier.

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    I have tons of Bamboo wish I knew of the company that would buy it from me. :wink:

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    I think the socks I am wearing were made from bamboo.

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    I've got a lot of reading to do, dontcha think? I've been drifting again, thanks y'all.

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    There is no real substitute for cotton. Cotton is nearly ready to use straight off the plant. You have to remove the seeds and comb it but that's about all you have to do to make it ready to spin into yarns. All the other plants, bamboo, soy, flax and hemp have to be processed into useable fibers first. They use chemicals to do the processing.

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    Nice thought but from what I've read, the process of making cloth from bamboo would deplete more resources then replanting of the cotton. But everyone would rush to buy bamboo fabric just because it is labeled 'green'. Then the cotton industry would die back. When the bamboo hype becomes reality of what is being lost, then the cotton growers will be almost non existent. I do not support most 'green' products or methods until it's proven to save more then it looses.

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    I did read the other day online somewhere that China is finding a shortage of cotton to make material.

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