Walmart and Kohl’s Agree to Pay $5.5 M Over False Bamboo Claims


In two cases brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), Walmart and Kohl’s have agreed to pay a total of $5.5 million to resolve allegations that both companies falsely marketed their towels, sheets, blankets, and other bamboo products as being “100% Bamboo,” when in actuality, they are made up of rayon. The FTC also took issue with claims that the products were environmentally friendly and sustainable. 

As explained in the FTC’s complaint, rayon is a manufactured fiber that can be derived from bamboo, but undergoes significant processing which involves the use of environmentally hazardous chemicals and ultimately results in a fiber that is simply not bamboo. 

Both cases are part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to remind marketers of the need to label and advertise textile products properly, and clarify that “bamboo” is not a proper name for products made of rayon.  

The two cases are United States of America v. Walmart Inc., No. 1:22-cv-00965 and United States of America v. Kohl’s Inc. F/K/A Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc., No. 1:22-cv-00964. Both cases were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A copy of the complaints can be found here and here

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