Bamboo - The Process
There has been a lot of "bamboo bashing" in the media lately. I would like to set the record straight with regards to the actual process of breaking down the bamboo fibers. I cannot speak for every factory out there but the factory that produces the Go! Towel is ISO 9000 certified and has achieved what is considered the gold standard in safe, organic processing by the Zurich based, OEKO-TEX testing authority. Certificate furnished upon request
The Go! Towel is produced in the most environmentally friendly process, referred to as the Lyocell or "closed loop" process. This process has been praised for being more sustainable than other commonly-used chemical processes. Lyocell shares many properties with other cellulosic fibers such as cotton, linen, ramie and rayon. The N- methylmorpholine-N-oxide chemicals used in the Lyocell process are non-toxic and are safer for humans. During production, 99.5% of the chemicals are captured in a closed-loop container and are recyclable. Minimal amounts of the chemicals are released to the atmosphere, waste water and products.