Cottoning to bamboo, 7 reasons to swap...
Bamboo vs Cotton Bedding
Cotton is one of the most well-known materials for bed linen, however bamboo linen is quickly gaining popularity as customers discover the benefits to themselves and the environment. Here are the seven top reasons why:
1) Naturally organic
Bamboo grows without the need for pesticides as it is naturally resistant to insects and pests. Cotton can be grown organically, however it may experience more crop wastage due to its natural predators.
2) Renewing resource
Bamboo thrives in degraded soil that is unsuitable for most other crops, including cotton. It requires little space due to its height, one acre of bamboo will yield 10 times more than one acre of cotton. Whereas cotton needs harvesting and re-planting each year, bamboo can grow up to a metre a day and be harvestable within 3-4 years. Then growing back to be harvested again.
3) Minimal water requirements
Bamboo is a self sufficient crop that survives on rainwater alone, requiring a third less water than cotton.
4) Moisture wicking and temperature regulating
Bamboo is 40% more absorbent than cotton, naturally wicking moisture away from the skin much faster, keeping it dry, comfortable and less irritated. It can also reduce the humidity in your bed by an incredible 50%. As soon as you become too hot at night and begin to sweat, bamboo sheets pull the moisture away from you which then evaporates, cooling you off exactly the same way your body does when you sweat. Bamboo bedding works in harmony with your body to keep you at the ideal temperature.
5) Naturally antibacterial
Natural antimicrobial, bamboo kun helps reduce bacteria that thrive on clothing and other materials as well as on the human skin. This keeps bamboo bedding smelling and feeling fresher for longer compared with cotton. Bamboo is also an inhospitable environment for dust mites. Mites can cause irritate your skin and eczema and prove detrimental to respiratory system, especially to those with asthma.
6) Hard wearing
Bamboo fibres are extremely durable and their naturally antibacterial properties mean that sheets require less frequent washing than their cotton counterparts, causing less wear.
Bamboo's silk-like feel and softness helps to reduce skin irritation, making it perfect for those with dry or sensitive skin. It has a real feel of 1000+ thread count Egyptian cotton, but without the price tag!