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August 18, 2009


I don't think the FTC is able to "pull one over on me." The FTC is merely saying what I and others have said: Some of the claims being made about bamboo are hyperbole. I also don't think your "full story" speaks for all bamboo fabric. And I'm curious to know -- who certifies the bamboo that you claim is organic? I've worked in the organic arena for 16 years, and as far as I know bamboo does not fall under a classification that allows for organic certification under USDA guidelines -- which it must, in order to be sold with an organic label in the United States.

There is no such thing as "naturally organic." Pesticides are sometimes used on bamboo crops. Caustic chemicals are used to process it. There is no credible body of evidence that it's any more antimicrobial or biodegradable than other fabrics once processed. The quality of bamboo fabric varied widely. I stand by my position: Buyer beware. If you like it, buy it, but don't buy it because you think it's the perfect pure fabric.It may be a nice fabric made from a renewable resource, but don't give it a bigger halo than it's earned.

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

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    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.

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