BAMBOO BEDDING: THE LOWDOWN
Bamboo bedding has gained popularity in recent years along with usage for other products in the fashion industry and further afield. One of its strength as a raw material is its versatility...
But does bamboo make good bed sheets? And importantly, is it as healthy as it sounds?
Let's dive in to some facts so that you can decide for yourself!
OUR BAMBOO BEDDING REVIEW
- Bamboo Bedding
- Bamboo Bedding Benefits
- Issues with Bamboo Bed Sheets
- Bamboo Bedding & Sustainability
Bamboo textiles can be categorised as either bamboo rayon, or bamboo linens. They are both vastly different in their properties and production method, so it's really important to understand what you are buying before you purchase. They are of course both derived from bamboo, but are not created equally...
Bamboo linens are the more premium version and could be considered more 'natural, but there will be a price attached to this. Much like any textile we purchase, you typically get what you pay for.
Bamboo linens are produced in far lower volumes and have a much longer and more refined manufacturing process. The net result is a biodegradable fabric, but one that is much more expensive. Unless a product explicitly states 'bamboo linen', it's a fair assumption that it is the cheaper bamboo rayon...
Bamboo rayon uses the cellulose from bamboo but then has a heap of chemicals added for processing into the regenerated fabric. Think of this as a chicken nugget, rather than a free range chicken breast!
Bamboo rayon is much cheaper to produce and is made in huge volumes. It's typically a soft and natural fabric to feel, but environmentally speaking it is quite damaging.
You will often find many bedding companies selling bamboo bed sheets omit this key information when marketing their products. So be careful before you buy!
BAMBOO BEDDING BENEFITS
Biodegradable: Bamboo linen and bamboo rayon are both biodegradable. They will take about 1 year to degrade if fully submerged in soil.
Hypoallergenic: Great for dust mites and other allergen responses. On the whole it's a very hygienic material which is antibacterial and anti-fungal. (No wonder those pandas love it!)
Durable: Quite strong. You will notice more wear and tear than a cotton sheet, and of course this depends on the quality of the yarn.
ISSUES WITH BAMBOO BED SHEETS
Bamboo linen doesn't have a silky smooth soft feel. For what would be an expensive bedding option this is far from ideal. It doesn't in any way compare to organic cotton or Tencel™.
This is why most of the bamboo bedding you will find on the market is the cheaper bamboo rayon option. So the trade off is whether as a consumer you are prepared to knowingly damage the planet with your sleep choices!
BAMBOO BEDDING & SUSTAINABILITY
Bamboo grows organically - tick!
Bamboo grows without pesticides and fertilisers - tick!
So in theory, this should be an eco-friendly solution right? Wrong!
This is an illusion that has been created by marketers and sellers of bamboo bedding. Bamboo fabric is regularly accused (and rightly so!) of greenwashing. This is whereby it is implied that a product is environmentally sound, or 'green', when in actual fact it causes environmental damage.
With the limited information available of the source of most bamboo fabric, it is quite naive to assume that it is green. What we do know is that most bamboo is grown and processed in China, but there is extremely limited reliable information on exact sources and the impact that is having on the land naturally.