When it comes to furnishing your bed, your sheets are amongst the important things required for a good night’s sleep. With an array of types of sheets on the market, choosing the right one may seem complicated at times. The most common dilemma is between bamboo sheets and cotton sheets. Most shoppers do choose to buy their sheets based on touch. Although, there many differences in their performance capabilities and the overall sleeping sensation that you’d receive.
What are Bamboo sheets?
Bamboo sheets are made out of bamboo fiber and are considered eco-friendly. It is a sustainable sheet because the bamboo plant grows quickly––up to three feet a day–– and does not require as many fertilizers, pesticides, or irrigation. Rayon, lyocell, and modal, some of the most common bamboo fabric types, all use the viscose process. The viscose process uses chemicals to dissolve bamboo pulp to extract cellulose to spin into fibers.
If you are thinking of replacing your cotton sheets with bamboo sheets? Here are five benefits of bamboo sheets that will surely help with your buying decision.
Minimal Crop Waste
Bamboo plants are naturally resistant to harmful pathogens and insects that affect crops. Some non-organic cotton requires ⅓ pounds of fertilizers per round, and organic cotton has taken major steps to decrease its impact on the environment. Because reducing pests is limited, cotton crops experience more crop waste than bamboo plants. They have a small impact on the environment, which produces a far smaller carbon footprint. The methods used for bamboo crops are more eco-friendly as compared to cotton crops.
One of the first that you need to consider when selecting sheets between cotton and bamboo is the softness. The thread count of a sheet will tell us about the quality and softness. The fibers present in bamboo sheets are extremely cushiony compared to cotton sheets. This is because natural bamboo fibers and finely woven threads make up the material of your sheet. Even though there is high-end cotton with a high thread count and is very soft, Bamboo Lenin is far softer compared to regular cotton.
Smells good and cleaner
One of the most interesting bamboo properties is that it has antimicrobial properties known as ‘Bamboo Kun.’ This bio-agent helps reduce the bacteria that thrive on clothing, sheets, towels, and even human skin. Bamboo bed sheets need to be washed frequently, just as much as cotton sheets. Cotton sheets absorb perspiration but release a bad odor. Bamboo sheets remain odorless and clean for a long time.
When it comes to durability and care, no matter the type of sheets you are using, it is important to follow the product’s instructions to avoid any damage or shrinkage. Bamboo fabrics are more durable and have strength three times over cotton sheets. But all these benefits will mean nothing if you don’t pay attention to them. Even though they come with standard replacement warranties, it is important that you take care of your sheets so they can last longer and stand the test of time.
Naturally Moisture Absorbing
Moisture is everywhere and can be quite irritating or comfortable at times. During warmer temperatures, our bodies sweat, and air emits moisture so having a breathable bed sheet is a must. Bamboo is 40% absorbent in comparison even to the finest organic cotton. It helps in keeping the moisture away much faster and keeps you dry. The micro gaps in bamboo fabrics will help regulate body temperature, which is beneficial in the summer and winter. Bamboo can take in up to three times more water than its actual weight, which means it can get rid of moisture much faster.
Bamboo is an excellent renewable resource compared to cotton crops and other trees. Bamboo rarely needs replanting because the stalks of bamboo are cut when harvesting and not pulled out of the root. Whereas cotton harvesting and replanting can be a daunting process. Water being more of a bounded commodity every day, farmers across the globe don’t always have the necessary water for their crops to grow properly. Bamboo has always been a self-sufficient crop that needs no irrigation and uses water much more efficiently than cotton and other trees—only 1/3 of the amount of water that cotton does. If you haven’t made the switch to bamboo products, try Ecoy bedding, bamboo socks, or bamboo toothbrushes. It’s an easy sidestep away from plastic and a great starting point for your foray into bamboo land.
While the difference between bamboo and cotton sheets is subtle, they each offer different features. Regardless of the type, Bamboo sheets are gaining momentum in today’s market and are considered extremely soft and environmentally friendly.
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