Bamboo in its natural state is 100% eco-friendly, sustainable, grows quickly, needs very little water, is organic (requires no pesticides), and as a fabric it feels like silk.
BUT... Once bamboo is fabricated into a cloth, either mechanically or chemically, just like anything else, its properties are changed. A study conducted by Lixia Xi et al. breaks down bamboo in various states thus testing various antimicrobial claims floating around about the chemically treated item vs. the plant.
There are many myths floating around about bamboo being green, eco-friendly, etc, etc. I suggest anytime you hear about something that goes through a chemical process being eco-friendly and green, you do your research. When something sounds a little strange, it probably is. If you want learn the truth about bamboo please go to:
Did you know that the first American Made gi debuted in the 2009 Mundials? Another fun fact, it was made of hemp. Adrienne of the Green Gi has been working for the last 4 years to bring American Made 100% Hemp gis to the masses. We took a few minutes to learn more about the Green Gi, Adrienne and the process she went thru to bring her gi to us.