In New Zealand, "bamboo" fabric is marketed as being environmentally friendly because it uses bamboo as a raw material. However, my understanding is that the end product is a completely different substance from whatever it is they extract out of bamboo, thanks to a chemical process being applied to it.
What chemicals are used in the process of converting bamboo into fabric?
How toxic are they to the environment and workers during production?
Is the bamboo fabric itself toxic to humans once it has been manufactured?
Will it biodegrade without adding toxins to the environment?
How long will it take to biodegrade?