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 feel.
But what are the benefits of bamboo sheets?
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 bamboo sheets to that of silk, it’s THAT soft.
As you wash your sheets again and again the ends of the bamboo fibres get smoother and it actually improves the feel of softness and luxury.
In fact, bamboo is so soft, so hypoallergenic and with its antibacterial nature, it’s used in much more than just clothing and bedding.
Towels, bandages, masks and nurses’ uniforms have all been made from bamboo.
Bamboo fabric is incredibly durable despite its soft, delicate feel and will last for years with the correct care, remembering to wash your sheets with gentle detergent, low heat and a delicate cycle.
Bamboo is Thermoregulating
Will bamboo sheets keep me warm or cool?
The fabric of your bamboo sheets 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 autumnal evening, you’ll be comfortable sleeping on your bamboo sheets.
Antibacterial and Odor resistant.
Bamboo has naturally antibacterial qualities.
It absorbs moisture from your body in order to keep you comfortable at a rate four 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.
So you’ll awaken refreshed and fresh from your sleep.
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 sheets have 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 sheets
Once your sheets are worn out and old, they 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 or bedding being composted (Or be prepared to be fishing out these items from your compost heap in a year’s time!)
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 and bedding.
Bamboo fabric typically takes around 1 year to decompose in an active and maintained compost heap or bin.
How to wash and dry bamboo sheets?
Bamboo fabric keeps the strength of the bamboo plant and is incredibly durable, outlasting cotton equivalents when cared for properly.
Washing at a cool temperature or a cold wash helps to maintain the shape of the sheets and reduce possible shrinkage.
Looking to switch2bamboo for your sheets and bedding?
With a 320 thread count, Panda 100% bamboo bedding. Silky bamboo fibre has amazing natural properties that soothe your skin and sustain your sleep.
Cocoon-like cosiness in the winter. Unbelievably cool and breathable in the summer.
What’s more, their bamboo is completely sustainable and organically grown you can rest assured that you’re being lovely to the planet as well as lovely to your skin. Sensational sleeping, naturally.
BamBaw provides wonderful nights and lively days with their bamboo bedding sets.
We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. A good night’s sleep is crucial to wake up energised and ready to take on the day ahead.
It also improves your mood and is beneficial for your health.
So, you want to have silky soft bed sheets which also keep you cool in summer and warm in winter. With a bamboo fitted sheet, you have the ideal fabric for the perfect sleep.
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