The trend of using bamboo in fabrics for clothing and bedding has increased in recent years. Partly due to its status as an ethical and sustainable resource, but also because of its versatility and luxurious, soft feel.
But what are the benefits of bamboo pillows?
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Bamboo is Super Soft
When bamboo is mechanically processed and spun into super soft bamboo fabric it’s just as soft as cashmere and as smooth as silk, but with added benefits both from the way the fabric feels and its impact on the planet during the manufacturing process.
When viewed under a microscope, bamboo fibres can be seen to have rounded ends instead of pointy or blunt, which is what contributes towards making the fabric feel so, so good.
Bamboo is strong, affordable and super soft and cosy. People liken the feel of a bamboo fabric to that of silk or cashmere, it’s THAT soft.
In fact, bamboo is so soft, so hypoallergenic and with its antibacterial nature, it’s used in much more than just clothing.
Towels, bandages, masks and nurses’ uniforms have all been made from bamboo.
Bamboo is Thermoregulating
Will bamboo clothing keep me warm or cool?
The fabric of your bamboo pillow has a clever structure that keeps you cooler when it’s warm, and warmer when it’s cool.
The rounded ends on the bamboo fibres create minuscule airgaps throughout the weave of the fabric which makes it a naturally breathable material making it easier for you to regulate your temperature.
So whether it’s a warm summer’s night or a cool winter evening, you’ll be comfortable lying on your bamboo pillow.
Antibacterial and Odor resistant.
Bamboo has naturally antibacterial qualities.
It absorbs moisture from your body in order to keep you comfortable at a rate 4 times as much as cotton does!
Wicking away the moisture from the skin reduces the growth rate of bacteria which is what turns perspiration into an unpleasant body odour.
Due to fewer chemicals being used in both the farming and manufacturing stages, bamboo fabrics are very well suited to those who have allergy issues or sensory issues when it comes to fabric.
Be sure to double-check that the fabric used to make your pillow has been mechanically processed rather than using chemicals and it’s even better.
Eco Friendly and sustainable
The reason you’re even looking at switching to bamboo is of course the fact that its usage, growth and manufacturing process have far less of an impact on the planet than other fabric sources, even organic cotton.
Unlike cotton, bamboo doesn’t require any additional fertilizers or pesticides to grow and can regenerate itself from the roots. This means no replanting which means less machinery and fewer resources such as oil and gas required in order to produce it.
Bamboo also absorbs almost 30% more carbon dioxide than other plants and trees, including cotton.
How to recycle bamboo pillows
Once your pillow is worn out and old, it can be fully recycled, or even composted.
The good news is that most bamboo items of clothing and bedding are biodegradable, even if that means taking some care to remove the non-biodegradable parts first (the top-selling bamboo jeans from BAM have a button which unscrews and no rivets to make it easier to recycle this way).
You may need to remove buttons, elastics or zips depending on the item of clothing being composted (Or be prepared to be fishing out these items from your compost heap in a year’s time!)
In the case of pillows, you’ll need to check the material of the filling as well as the cover as you may need to remove and dispose of the pillow filling in another way.
You might ask whether you can do this with any all-natural fibres and you’d be correct, but as explained earlier in this article, bamboo also has some additional ecological and ethical advantages over cotton, linen or hemp garments.
Bamboo clothing typically takes around 1 year to decompose in an active and maintained compost heap or bin.
To recap, bamboo pillows offer a variety of benefits that can improve your sleep quality and comfort.
1. Comfort: Bamboo pillows are incredibly soft and breathable, making them the perfect choice for a comfortable night’s sleep. The fiber construction helps to keep your head and neck cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
2. Hypoallergenic: Bamboo pillows are naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites, making them a great choice for those with allergies.
3. Durability: Bamboo pillows are designed to last and are extremely durable, making them a great long-term investment.
4. Eco-Friendly: Bamboo is a renewable resource, making it a great choice for those looking for eco-friendly options.
5. Support: Bamboo pillows are designed to provide support for your head and neck for a more restful sleep.
How to wash and dry bamboo pillow?
Bamboo fabric keeps the strength of the bamboo plant and is incredibly durable, outlasting cotton equivalents when cared for properly.
When washing your bamboo pillows they should be washed in a gentle detergent just as you would wool or other delicate items, on a gentle, cooler cycle of your washing machine.
Double-check your bamboo pillow to see if it has a removable filling before placing it in the washing machine.
Washing at a cool temperature or a cold wash helps to maintain the shape of the pillows and reduce possible shrinkage.
Looking to switch2bamboo for your pillows?
Sleepsia bamboo pillows are premium bamboo pillows with a shredded memory foam filling.
This shredded memory foam conforms to the shape of your head and neck offering unrivalled support whilst you sleep.
Sleepsia bamboo pillows allow for better air circulation, preventing perspiration and temperature changes meaning a more comfortable and clean sleep for you.
What are the benefits of bamboo pillows?
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