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Green Steal of the Week: Bamboo Tab-Top Panels & Valance

Green Steals of the Week: Bamboo Tab-Top Panels & Valance

In recent days, I’ve become much more aware of the fact that turning bamboo fibers into fabric is a process that is far from environmentally friendly. While I still believe bamboo as material in its original state is more eco-friendly than traditional woods and fibers, I’ll try to stay away from the fabrics unless there is clear evidence that the production was done in a better way.

That said, these great tab-top curtain panels from Brylane Home are not made of fabric, but slats of bamboo. And if you know anything about Brylane Home, you know how affordable all their products are. They don’t have a big selection of green items, but I’m glad to see that these are just as affordable as all their other products are. I’m personally not a big fan of the valance, or valances in general, but I love the panels.

According to the testimonials by buyers, these curtains have been very well received. One buyer did say that they are a little too heavy to be used in front of a glass door as shown in the photo, because they don’t slide along the rod very well. But I can think of more than a few places where they would be more than welcome.

Why It’s Green:

  • Made of bamboo, a fast-growing grass that can be grown without the use of pesticides

Price: $9.99-$24.99

What do you think of bamboo as a fabric? Will you still buy clothing, bedding, fabrics, etc. made of bamboo? Leave a comment and let me know!

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Regina
    October 10, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    As of yet, I don’t know much about the bamboo into fabric rpocess, but I am going to research it a bit. Unless the process is just plain hideous, I’d probably still use it. I like the antimicrobial properties and the fact that is is a quickly renewing resource.

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  • Sheena
    October 10, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I had to bookmark these!

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  • Jeffrey
    October 10, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    what ARE some specific reasons you now shy away from bamboo fabrics? i’m very interested to hear!

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  • jennae
    October 13, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    @Regina I agree with you that the material itself tends to be eco-friendly, and I love that it is naturally antimicrobial. But until I know for sure how pollutive the process is, I’ll try to stick with organics, recycled fibers or tried and true green fabrics like hemp and linen. Bamboo will be a last resort before traditional cotton or synthetic fabrics.

    @Sheena Feel free to come back!

    @Jeffrey The process used to turn bamboo into a fabric is a very chemical-intensive and not very eco-friendly process. It is also not good for the workers who have to do it. You can read more about it here: Fabulous Fabrics: Why Bamboo Often Isn’t.


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