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The Bamboo Backlash


Take a closer look at that bamboo apparel in your closet–it may actually be made from rayon. Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement totaling $1.3 million with four retailers, including Backcountry.com, over false bamboo textile claims. The complaints allege the four companies–Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, and J.C. Penny the other three–broke the law by continuing to misrepresent or mislabel rayon products as bamboo despite receiving warning letters from the FTC in 2010 and a synopsis of previous litigated cases against marketers for deceptively labeling rayon products as bamboo.

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