My old towels were disintegrating, so I ordered the two towels to consider using bamboo towels instead of cotton. After I ordered them, I read a consumer report on bamboo fabrics. It said that the process to make a fabric was not ecologically sound and required the same chemicals as making rayon. The towels arrived and there was a chemical smell that it took 3 washings to remove. The towels themselves are beautiful. The natural color is nice and the feel is great. They are absorbent, but not in the same way that cotton is. They are more like a chenile absorbency, which to me personally is not as nice as cotton. The bottom line is that I am going to buy small cotton towels.