Are your products certified organic?

The bamboo crops used to make our clothing and bedding are certified organic by the USDA National Organic Program. In addition, Yala is a proud member of the Organic Trade Association whose mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.

Is all of your bamboo clothing produced according to fair trade practices?

We source as many products as we can from the United States and Canada, but being indigenous to China, many bamboo items are produced in China. We are very selective about working with small and dedicated manufacturers who are inspired by bamboo's environmental benefits and diligent about maintaining the most ethical labor practices possible. We believe it is important to support those respectable companies who are creating fair jobs and real opportunities anywhere in the world. At Bambu Batu, we take great pride not only in the quality of our finished products, but also in the people, stories and intentions behind those products.

Why is the bamboo fiber called viscose from bamboo?

Viscose refers to the process of turning the bamboo pulp into fiber by dissolving it in solvent and spinning the solution. The processing plant that makes the fiber uses a closed loop system. That means up to 98% of the water and chemicals are captured and reused. The result is a fiber with a very soft feel and a lovely drape.

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What on Earth is a Batu?

Bambu Batu is the Indonesian name for a specific variety of bamboo. Batu is actually Malay (Indonesian) for "rock", as in rock bamboo, more commonly translated as iron bamboo. Yes, that's Bambu Batu: the Iron Bamboo — also known as Dendrocalamus Strictus.
Growing to heights of 60 feet or more, with canes up to 5" in diameter, Bambu Batu is a giant clumper. This unusual black timber bamboo is native to southeast Asia and the Indonesian archipelago. It is considered the supreme variety for furniture and construction.

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