In recent times, the popularity of bamboo fabric sheets have been soaring and for very good reason. They are naturally antimicrobial, softer than cotton and linen, sustainable, moisture absorbing and naturally resistance to pest infestation and fungi. Additionally, these sheets keep you cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Bamboo does not keep all its original antibacterial properties; however, the sheets are an amazing selection for individuals who have sensitive skin.
The remarkable benefits of bamboo sheets have been embraced by many individuals. However, there are many others who are still unsure of what to look for when purchasing these sheets. Highlighted below are particulars of the bamboo sheet varieties currently available:
Bamboo Linen Fiber
This process used to produce this fiber is the same as the one used to create regular linen fabric from flax or hemp. It is immensely sustainable but is not very soft and wrinkles quite easily. A lot of maintenance is involved in owning this type of bedding, as it always has to be ironed after washing.
100 Percent Bamboo Lyocell
This textile material is categorized among the most sustainable and contemporary of the 21st Century. The manufacturing process involves liquefying raw bamboo by way of a non-toxic solvent that generates non-hazardous effluent. The solution and the water that is used during the manufacturing process are reused and recycled using a closed-loop technique. Therefore, no harmful chemical residue exists and water consumption is lowered significantly. Furthermore, it is both stronger and softer when compared to rayon.
Viscose or 100 Percent Bamboo Rayon
Most bamboo fabric sheets are made out of bamboo rayon. A lot of different processes can be used to manufacture rayon, different chemicals are involved in the processes and there is subsequent environmental impact.
When buying bamboo rayon sheets, you should choose manufacturers who strictly adhere to effluent treatment protocols. The unease about this fabric is not that the bamboo holds on to the chemical residue; however, it is more about the way in which the chemical waste is disposed. Use bamboo rayon sheets that are not treated with chlorine-containing bleach and zinc sulphate.
Bamboo and Cotton Blend
The most common blends comprise 40 percent cotton and 60 percent bamboo rayon or 30 percent cotton and 70 percent bamboo rayon. The materials with these blends are slightly stronger than pure, 100 percent bamboo; however, the blends compromise the softness of the fabric. When the cotton is added, the blend is also rendered less sustainable. Additionally, the labor-intensive cotton production involves using a lot of chemicals and wasting fresh water.