You know how every few months scientists/government/nutritionists/doctors give us new – often conflicting – information about what foods and lifestyle choices are actually making us fat/sick/tired? And how hard it is to keep up with the changing landscape of “official” recommendations? Well, that same feeling of confusion is starting to rear its ugly head in the realm of social and environmental responsibility.

Bamboo, which for a while had seemed like such an idyllic substitute for silk, cashmere, even cotton, is starting to raise doubts about its validity as a “green” fabric. Shellie & Michael Lackman of Lotus Organics have done a thorough investigation of the bamboo industry, and their findings are less than supportive of the plant’s use as fabric:

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