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Photo by Shutterstock, Leon Max, Macy’s, and Sears have agreed to pay a combined $1.26 million in fines after the Federal Trade Commission charged them with marketing products as bamboo when they were actually derived from rayon. While so-called bamboo textiles are often promoted as environmentally friendly, the chemical-intensive process for manufacturing rayon—even when it’s made from bamboo—is far from “green,” according to the federal agency, which sent a business alert in 2009 advising manufacturers and sellers not to label or advertise a textile as bamboo if it wasn’t made directly of bamboo fiber (“rayon” or “rayon made from bamboo” are the preferred terms.)

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One Response to “FTC Fines Amazon, Macy’s, Sears $1.26M for Mislabeling Bamboo Textiles”

  1. Cmercer says:

    Deceptive labeling happens in so many industries. By attempting to meet the wants of environmentally concerned consumers, companies go too far and mislead consumers with labeling I think it is important for companies to clearly represent what their products are made of and if they don’t then they should be fined. It is important to be an informed consumer and the only way for this to be possible is if products are truthfully labeled.

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