OSHәN, the creator of the NFP series of sustainable fabrics of bamboo/spandex has answered some questions about our bamboo viscose manufacturing. Our mill is located in the southern part of China and is the largest State-run producer of Bamboo/Viscose and organic knits in China.  The mill has two patented machines to create the Pulp and Bamboo Fiber.

  1. Is your bamboo fabric made directly from the bamboo fiber or is it a viscose/rayon (regenerated cellulose fabric)?  The Bamboo is broken down into pulp and a viscose cellulosic fiber is created, Our mill has a patented machine to create the Viscose. Our mill has two patented machines for manufacturing. #1. Machine creates the pulp from bamboo.

#2. patented machine creates the viscose from the bamboo pulp.

  1. Do you have test reports and certificates confirming the fabric is made directly from the bamboo fiber?  We have Organic Certifications of the Bamboo and how it is grown. Oeko Tex Certified (no harmful chemicals remain on the fabrics). #1. Environmental Mgmt Certificate, #2. Quality Mgmt Certificate, #3. Occupational Health and Saftey Certificate
  2. How do you minimize toxic waste in the manufacturing process of bamboo textiles? And what chemicals are used?  The process is “Closed-Loop” manufacturing.  The factory adheres to strict rules regarding the handling of the carbon disulfide chemical which is now in a recover, reuse, and recycle procedure and is now a circular process. There is absolutely no dumping of any chemicals. Our mills follow the strict guidelines dictated by the EU BAT as do many factories in China. These environmental and pollution guidelines are accessible and mandatory to follow in order to be considered a sustainable business in China.
  3. Do NFP fabrics retain the natural properties of bamboo, such as antibacterial, antimicrobial or antifungal after processing the fiber into fabric? What certification and evidence can you provide?  The natural qualities are retained in the fabric as bamboo's cellulosic properties remain in the viscose pulp which is then spun into a yarn.  Bamboo is a natural living plant and when broken down into a fiber the cell structure remains and this is what provides the fabric with its core strength and structure. The properties exhibited in the plant form are brought back to life in the fabric when worn on your body. i.e. These qualities are thermal body regulation, water absorption, strength, compression, flexibility, requires no chemicals to grow and it naturally fights off bacteria and fungus.  Bamboo is also said to be anti-microbial.  
  4. Is the bamboo grown sustainable and does the timber come from a forest that is responsibly managed, for example, do you have FSC Certification?  Yes, there is absolutely no deforestation.  Our Mill holds the FSC Chain of Custody Certificate certifying that there is only responsible bamboo sourcing.

     Thank you for taking the time to read about the manufacturing closed-loop process of bamboo viscose.