Why We Love Bamboo Sheets
When you think of bamboo, chances are you imagine it in tree form, most likely with pandas gnawing happily on its leaves. While bamboo is indeed iconic as the primary food source of China’s furriest mammals, it’s fast gaining recognition as an excellent textile, thanks to the qualities it offers both the environment and its users.
First used in China during the late 1800s as structural fabric for bustles and shoes, recent technologies have allowed bamboo to be broken down into fine fibres, spun into yarn and used to make everything from undergarments to bedding. While its use is only now becoming commonplace, particularly in the western world, its list of selling points has always been impressive; just little-known.
Here at Canningvale we’ve taken it upon ourselves to spread the word, both through this blog post and through our beautiful Bamboo Cotton Sheet Sets , which are currently making people happy in hundreds of homes across the country. While existing owners need no reminding of the benefits of their silky-soft, environmentally-friendly purchases, we’ve created a comprehensive list for those not yet in the know.
Without further ado, here are all the reasons why we love bamboo sheets.
Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials on the market. It’s fast growing (some species grown an incredible 120cm per day), requires no pesticides, gets all the water it needs from natural rainfall, and is harvested at its base, leaving the root system in tact so each tree can grow again. It’s also carbon neutral, meaning it absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it releases during harvesting. Further adding to its environmental credibility is the fact that in the years between each harvest, bamboo crops absorb almost five times the amount of greenhouse gases than equivalent groves of trees. They also produce 35% more oxygen. Finally, bamboo is biodegradable, meaning when it does come time to dispose of your sheets, you can rest assured they won’t hang around in landfill for years on end.
They’re incredibly soft
Bamboo sheets have the soft, buttery feel of silk or cashmere, providing a luxurious base for a good night’s sleep. As an added bonus, they’re usually cheaper than their aforementioned counterparts, thanks to the smaller production costs associated with the material.
They’re hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial and odour-resistant
Because bamboo fibres are made without any chemical treatment, they’re naturally smoother and rounder with no sharp spurs or chemical compounds to irritate the skin. This gentle treatment also allows the fabric to maintain the antibacterial benefits of bamboo kun; the bio-agent that enables bamboo plants to flourish in the wild without the use of pesticides. This means bamboo resists harmful and odour-causing bacteria, making it an ideal fabric for sleeping in night after night. In nutshell, bamboo sheets are gentle on skin, feel and smell fresher for longer and are more forgiving for those who don’t get to wash their sheets as regularly as they’d like.
They’re absorbent, breathable and thermo-regulating
While bamboo has a tough exterior, the inner fibre (the part we use for our sheets) is naturally porous, making it highly absorbent and breathable. This means bamboo sheets are perfect for year-round use, keeping you cool and sweat-free in summer and nice and toasty in winter. Think of them as excellent insulation for your bed.
Despite being incredibly soft, bamboo is a strong fibre that lasts the test of time. Studies have shown it’s both stronger and more resistant to elongation than cotton, meaning not only will bamboo sheets last longer but also better hold their shape. In short, you can be sure your sheets will look just as good and fit your bed just as well on their hundredth use as they did on their first.
So, can you see why we love bamboo sheets? In addition to all the practicalities they offer – comfort, year-round use, durability and an attractive price point - they’re also great for the environment, something which is becoming increasingly important with every passing year. Next time you buy a sheet set, make it bamboo: we promise you won’t regret it.
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