I've read that clothes made from bamboo fibers require about 1/3 the amount of water compared to cotton. Also bamboo grows much faster than cotton and it requires little or no herbicides or fertilizer. This suggests that bamboo has a much lower environmental impact than cotton. Is that really the case?
It seems that only a very small percentage of clothing you can buy in the stores nowadays is made from bamboo (at least where I live). If the advantages are really this big, why aren't more clothing manufacturers switching to bamboo? What are the disadvantages of using bamboo?