Major Retailers Charged with Mislabeling Bamboo Products

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Major Retailers Charged with Mislabeling Bamboo Products
 

As reported by ASI Central, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney and Backcountry.com have agreed to pay a $1.3 million settlement to the FTC, after they were accused of deceptive product labeling.

The FTC warned dozens of retailers in 2010 that bamboo products which had been processed into rayon should not be labeled as a bamboo product. The products in question included napkins, dresses, t-shirts, and infant swaddles. While bamboo is considered a very environmentally friendly material due to its ability to grow quickly and with little water, rayon derived from bamboo is still a chemically processed fabric.

“With consumers in the midst of their holiday shopping, it’s important for them to know that textiles marketed as environmentally friendly alternatives may not be as ‘green’ as they were led to believe,” said Jessica Rich of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Other retailers like Amazon and Macy’s recently faced similar charges and paid a $1.26 million settlement in 2013.