Bamboo is a highly debated fabric. Bamboo plant fibers can be made into fabric for just about anything and this fabric is naturally resistant to bacteria and insects. Bamboo also wicks away wetness and odor, which of course may matter on your wedding day. Bamboo can be grown well without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides, but not all bamboo out there is organic.
That said, bamboo has cons. Some believe that as bamboo becomes more popular, it will become less sustainable in that it will eat away at natural habitats – most likely impacting Panda habitat. Another con is that many so called bamboo clothing companies use rayon, a synthetic fiber that requires caustic chemical treatments. In fact, bamboo fibers are under so much scrutiny that they aren’t allowed in most GOTS-certified clothes.
If you’re looking into bamboo dresses, be sure to check out the company’s certification. Bamboo can be certified organic by the USDA. Bamboo can also be certified by Oeko-Tex, which means the product has passed testing limiting chemicals and by the more stringent Oeko-Tex® Standard 1000, which also certifies above and beyond chemicals in fabrics, looking for environmentally-friendly production throughout the textile processing chain.
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