Docket 9340, Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of The M Group, Inc., also doing business as Bamboosa, a corporation and Mindy Johnson, Michael Moore, and Morris Saintsing, individually and as members of the corporation #545078-00017

Submission Number:
545078-00017
Commenter:
Mr Eric Allen
Organization:
Greenboatstuff LLC
State:
WA
Initiative Name:
Docket 9340, Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of The M Group, Inc., also doing business as Bamboosa, a corporation and Mindy Johnson, Michael Moore, and Morris Saintsing, individually and as members of the corporation

As a retailer who has successfully carried Bamboosa products for years, we are disappointed by the recent statements made by the FTC concerning the company. We believe the FTC is either grossly misinformed about the current production methods of viscose from bamboo, or maliciously targeting a company on behalf of the cotton lobby. The apparent disconnect between the data available regarding Bamboosa's production methods and the FTC's claims lead us to this conclusion. We believe Bamboosa when they say "The FTC is incorrect in their assumption regarding the environmental impact of the fiber production and about any hazards to the workers. The FTC is looking at data from the standard production methods for rayon, not the production methods developed in the last several years for turning bamboo into a fiber. They are also incorrect when they say that all fiber classified as rayon or viscose has the same attributes regardless of the cellulose source. Our tests have proven that there are significant differences between viscose from bamboo and viscose from a tree. Regarding antimicrobial properties, the tests that we provided them with that show bamboo fabric inhibits the growth of bacteria may not have satisfied their requirements, but anyone who has ever worn a bamboo shirt or socks and sweated in them knows that the resistance to odor is there." We have enjoyed the anti-microbial properties of Bamboosa products first hand and have received numerous comments from our customers who have purchased Bamboosa products through the years confirming our experience. We were also impressed by Bamboosa's efforts to notify us of a need to amend our product descriptions from "bamboo fiber" to "viscose from bamboo" as soon as they believed it necessary. While we understand and appreciate the objectives of the FTC to promote consumer protection, we urge the FTC to reexamine the practical aspects of this situation. At a time when our environment is suffering tremendous damage from traditional cotton and synthetic fiber production, Bamboosa is offering an alternative apparel choice that does far less harm. Bamboosa is one of the few domestic apparel producers left in the United States. Instead of burdening this innovative company with overwhelming legal expenses and regulatory requests, the government should be doing more to encourage similar enterprises to set up shop. Thank you for your consideration in this important matter. Eric Allen Owner Greenboatstuff LLC