Bamboo used for clothing comes from Moso Bamboo Phyllostachys edulis. Bamboo grows without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. Bamboo also sequesters five times more CO2 than an equivalent stand of trees and requires much less water than cotton.
ECOCERT is an organic certification organization. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. ECOCERT primarily certifies food and food products, but also certifies cosmetics, and textiles. ECOCERT is also a leading certifier of fair trade food, cosmetics and textiles.
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 ("CONFIDENCE IN TEXTILES") sets stricter limits than current EC legislation on banned or restricted use substances used in textile manufacture. The scheme also includes substances considered to be harmful but not yet banned by legislations, such as certain pesticides. Examples of other harmful substances screened include: Banned Carcinogenic Dyes, Formaldehyde, Allergenic Dyes, Loose Dye/Colour, Extractable Heavy Metals, Volatile Organics Flame Retardants, Phthalates (plasticisers), Chlorinated Aromatic Compounds (pollute the environment and harmful to health), Organo-tin Compounds (with at least one bond between the atoms of tin and carbon)
Textiles with the "CONFIDENCE IN TEXTILES" trade mark: • Do not contain: Allergenic or carcinogenic dyes, pesticides and chlorinated phenoles. • Have been tested for the release of heavy metals under artificial perspiration conditions. • Are free from formaldehyde or containing trace amounts significantly lower than the required legal limits. • Have a skin friendly pH • Are free from chloro-organic carriers • Are free from biologically active finishes.