FTC Fines Four Retailers For Allegedly Selling Rayon Textiles As Bamboo

By on January 9, 2013

Amazon.com, Inc.; Leon Max, Inc.; Macy’s, Inc.; and Sears, Roebuck and Co. and its Kmart subsidiaries, Kmart Corporation and Kmart.com, will pay $1.26 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Textile Products Identification Act (Textile Act) and the FTC’s Textile Rules by labeling and advertising rayon products as made of bamboo.

Bamboo has recently been promoted by many as an environmentally friendly source of wood and fiber that can be used in a variety of applications, from wood flooring to clothing.   Rayon is the end product of heavily processing natural fibers, such as bamboo, with toxic chemicals.

Although the finished rayon product originates from bamboo, it retains no traits of the original plant, and, the FTC alleged, the methods used to make it are at odds with the “green” marketing used to sell the products.

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