With more than a thousand known species and countless possible usages, bamboo is now conquering the textile market.
A process similar to that of transforming paper pulp into rayon allows to make highly absorbent, antibacterial silky fabric out of sturdy bamboo shoots. This fabric may even be scented with additives. Specialty shops and some american national chains now sell clothes and linens entirely made of bamboo fibers. Consumers appreciate that these products come from a renewable natural resource that grows without requiring numerous synthetic substances (which unfortunately is not the case of its transformation into viscose, which requires soda). In 2004, China - the world's largest bamboo producer - exported for an equivalent of a million dollars worth of bamboo for the textile sector. In 2006, this amount had increased tenfold!