Bamboo YES – Cellulose YES – Silk NO

Warning, the FTC could come after you or your customers for saying your rugs have Bamboo Silk or Banana Silk, because that’s impossible

What do artificial silk, art. silk, banana silk, viscose, bamboo silk have in common? They are all rayon, or viscose, manufactured from regurgitated cellulose.  The cellulose can come from a variety of sources.  Silk and wool are protein based. Bamboo and

Banana YES – Cellulose YES – Silk NO

Bananas  are cellulose based.

Moreover, whatever the source be it bamboo or wood chips, when the stuff is ground up and extruded into fiber, it is virtually impossible to tell one source from another.  Viscose is viscose is viscose; it may be bamboo, banana, or wood.

$1.26 Million in Penalties = Bamboo is Viscose

You may say the FTC is “Bananas,” but they say that Banana Silk and Bamboo Silk are not silk, bananas or bamboo.   In January, 2013, 4 National Retailers Paid $1.26 Million in Penalties for labeling textiles as made of bamboo, while they were rayon.   According to the FTC, each of the four companies violated the Textile Act and the FTC’s Textile Rules by advertising and marketing products as being made of bamboo, when, in fact, they were actually made of rayon.   See FTC Press Release, 1/3/2013


Misleading a consumer as to the true fiber content, goes back to  first published FTC law enforcement action which scrutinized the labeling and advertising of a Philadelphia thread manufacturer, the Circle Cilk Company. One popular line marketed by the company was “Circle Cilk Embroidery Floss.” But what was the “cilk” floss actually made of? Cotton. FTC Milestones: Shared beginnings in the Circle Cilk case. Nov 8.2014

The FTC has a publication designed to help businesses selling clothing and textile products that are purportedly made from bamboo to comply with the Textile Act and Rules and in marketing their products in ways that are truthful and non-deceptive. Avoid Bamboo-zling Your Buyers,” provides useful information on how to correctly label and advertise textiles that are rayon made from bamboo.

A more recent publication, Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements Under the Textile and Wool Acts, Jul 2, 2014 – has a helpful section on Fiber Content