Process of making bamboo clothing isn't perfect. Caustic soda is used to break down the bamboo fiber in order to turn it into yarn. While we do not like caustic soda it is a chemical used thought the world. It is used for organic cotton, during the wet processing stage. Caustic soda is approved by Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS).
The onno brand of shirts are made outside the beautiful mountain city of Tai'an China. They relocated the cut and sew locations near the villages where their employees live and cut down a lengthy 45 minute commute to and from work. Now they workers are able to go home at lunch and play with their children. This concept is modeled how apparel manufacturing is done in Germany. They employee 20 people and their work day consists of 8 am start time, a 1 hour lunch and 5 pm quitting time.
Benefits of bamboo clothing... the material you are wearing is fed by rain. To make the shirt it didn't need to be bathed with water, saturated with pesticides or fertilizers and grows naturally, with the sun, the rain, stars and moon.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth. It grows two inches per hour and can grow everywhere. Bamboo stalks mature in 3-5 years which compared to other commercial tree species take 25-70 years.
A bamboo boo grove can release 35% more oxygen than standard trees.