I did a post on my own blog about The Truth About Bamboo a few months ago, in which I so daringly proclaimed SAY NO TO BAMBOO... However, since then, I've noticed the prevalence of bamboo products on eco-sites galore. It also seems that everyone is on the bamboo train, and manufactures speak of how this fabric has the properties to wick away water, protect against UV, amongst many other claims.
Take a look at an example of a bamboo blend t-shirt:
It does feel great, is extremely comfortable and flattering, and in 30 degree weather, I didn't end up getting sweaty at all.
While I don't feel any different about the fact that this fabric is still not as eco-friendly as a certified organic cotton, hemp or eucalyptus fabric, there's another side of this issue I've not considered; if we now decide to stop buying bamboo products (after so many hundreds of thousands of tons of bamboo clothing has already been produced and is ready for purchase), that means that we now have tons of "waste" product that would otherwise end up in landfill because it's been created through harmful processes.
So now I'm really confused... Do I support companies that had great intentions by supporting the eco-friendly bamboo fabric movement, but now have to sell-through loads of this product now or else go bankrupt?; Or do I support wanton waste of already produced fabrics to be shoveled through to landfill without being utilized or worn?
Please comment, because I need help deciding which side of the fence I sit on (if any!).